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post #7 of Old 03-19-2013
Brent Swain
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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp

I have been cruising the BC coast, mostly 11 months a year for most of the last 40 years. You can drag your dinghy up anywhere, including in someones back yard, except on the highest high tides. as private property here only extends to the high tide line. Anything below the maximum height of the driftwood is all public access.
West Vancouver Island is just too accessible for small powerboats via lots of roads down to the heads of inlets, to be real wilderness. For that you best go north of Cape Caution where the only access is by seaworthy boat.
I have windjammed without an engine of any kind for several years on this coast. Takes a long time to get anywhere, so you best have indefinite plans. Go up Johnston Strait in a good reliable wind. It can blow 40 knots there while it is a glassy calm in the back channels. Expect to spend weeks in extremely doubtful anchorages , waiting for wind

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