we just got back from our trip. i was supposed to wash the boat today, but haven't quite finished up....put it on the "to do" list.
we left from Blaine, checked into customs at White Rock, then up to Silva bay. That was about 8 hours. From there, next day to Smuggler's cove. Absolutely perfect, met friends, stayed about 5 days. The kids could swim, dingy & kayak to their hearts content, and we were able to pop by dingy to Buccaneer Bay and to Secret Cove for more provisions (ie beer). It was so nice that we forego plans to pop up to Pender Harbour, figuring that we'll be back next year on our way to Desolation.
From Smuggler's, we went to Jedidiah Island for 2 nights. Would have enjoyed that better if the wind was not as strong. We poked into Codfish bay, decided against staying a night there, and then we spent one night at White Rock beach, and one at Deep Bay. Lovely island, and the view from Home bay is amazing.
From there we went to Newcastle Island for a night (about 3 1/2 hrs), and then motorsailed against the wind in Trincomali to Montague (Shell beach side) and home through Active Pass.
It's a long slog up to the Sunshine Coast by slow boat, but it was great to swim in warm water and enjoy some new sights.