We did Smugglers on the July long weekend with our club, the Gulf Yacht Club..
but spent a couple of days in Secret Cove on the way home because Smugglers can be brutal for mosquitos after a dry spell. We quite enjoyed Secret, and spent a lot of time exploring all the bays there by kayak.
On to some more highlights of our time beyond Desolation Sound
We did the Pig Roast at Pierre's at Echo Bay. A large potluck (plus $20 for the pork) was attended by over 100 people. I suppose it's a 'must-do', but while we're glad we did it we likely won't rush to do it again.
Now THAT'S a Barbecue
The true highlight of Echo Bay was Billy Proctor's.. a former fisherman, logger, trapper, author (we thoroughly enjoyed his 'Full Tide, Full Moon') who keeps a small museum of collectables and other items he's amassed over his 80 or so years as a second generation 'local'. Quiet and unassuming, he's willing to sit and talk to all comers and seemed a genuinely good person.
One of our party caught a 17 pound Red Snapper (also known as a "Yellow Eye") and a couple of days later we had a fresh-caught/fresh cut Fish and Chips fry on the beach at Laura Cove.
Here's a few shots of the tranquil beauty of Simoom Sound, where we saw the huge pod of dolphins chased by orcas..
The apparently thriving Sullivan Bay Marina
Lacey Falls was down to a mere trickly compared to the photos in the guidebooks..
A misty morning at the Mound Island anchorage
WE did occasionally get to sail, including a slow beat from Lacey Falls to the entrance of Simoom Sound.. we nearly laid the distant headland on that tack.
This last shot was from Chemainius Harbour in the Gulf Islands, which had a half dozen of these relatively rare jellies.. Awesome to look at but, I believe, these can deliver quite a sting too...