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John, re reading your OP - I don't expect this will really affect your provisioning plans unless you routinely anchored at the park and dinghied into Nanaimo shops. There is always 2-3 hours grace at the floats around the fuel dock in Nanaimo itself and groceries are right nearby. also, the entire harbour basin is only 20-25 feet deep so you could anchor out of the seaplane lanes and still do the same outside the park boundaries.
Alternatively, though, Comox really is an excellent place to reprovision, with the bonus of having more/fresher supplies as you get into Desolation. There is an excellent transient dock, good facilities (showers, internet, etc) and it's a short walk to nearby shopping and pubs. Anchoring here is tricky though, with limited space mostly due to drying shallows and an abrupt drop-off.
As for Newcastle Island, things have been really good there for a long time.. like so many other things it looks like that's about to change some.
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