Barkley Sound, West Coast Vancouver Island
I just finished a month long trip in the protected waters of Georgia Strait, Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands, Gulf Islands, and the San Juans. This was double handed (my wife and I) on my Pearson 28-2. We had a great trip.
I have plans for another 3 week cruise in September and am trying to decide where to go. I've been to Barkley Sound before (paddling the Broken Group Islands) and had a great time there, so I'm tempted to go back. This would likely be solo.
I know that it's much different going on the ocean coast. I also know that I'd be fighting prevailing winds for a couple of days to get there. I will have the flexibility of time to wait for good weather though, and there are places to hide should I need to.
I'm interested to hear stories from others who have done this trip in smallish coastal boats and how it went for them.
My alternative is to stay in the relative safe waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands. A really enjoyable place to spend 3 weeks, but I have a bit of a thirst for adventure.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior