Not all of the advice given is correct. Most folks think sailing way off the coast going up is the way to do it. From someone who's actually done it, more than once, you would do well to read this material:
Cruising the Northwest Coast - A book by George Benson
You can read his logs (narratives) right on the website. I have the book, but it is more descriptions of harbors and chart references. The narratives are much better.
Stu Jackson, C34, 1986, M25 engine, Rocna 10 (22#)