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Pitt Lake BC, Canada

Has anybody here sailed Pitt Lake BC Canada?
It's one of world's largest tidal fresh water lakes and is host to lost gold mines, pictographs, deserted penal colonies, hot springs oh my.
I've also heard it can be stormy.
I've sailed the south end a bit in a dinghy and crossed the sandbar with the board up...led some hapless powerboaters astray inadvertantly..kind of funny
Anybody else have any info on it?
It's one of the places I want to explore with my Danica 16 pocket cruiser
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Re: Pitt Lake BC, Canada

It's a long trip up the Fraser and the Pitt rivers to get there.. but of course you can trailer there.

Despite being a lake, the topography seems very similar to Indian Arm, Howe Sound, and Jervis Inlet but on a somewhat smaller scale. As such it's likely subject to the same typical inflow thermal winds on hot days, and summer nighttime/wintertime outflow winds that can build to very strong at times.

The summer overnight outflows are the most troublesome.. in the pm you're looking for nooks with shelter from the south, then around 1 AM suddenly you're getting a blast from the north in what is now likely a totally unprotected bay.

However I've not sailed there myself, so I may be off base. Most GE pics show glassy calm, but that's not conducive to sailing either. Typically the winds and topography in the other places I've mentioned make for excellent sailing - good wind and flat water.
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Re: Pitt Lake BC, Canada

Since you'll be trailering anyway, you'd probably be better off going to Harrison - it's a lot bigger.
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Re: Pitt Lake BC, Canada

Here's the area being discussed... as you can see it's pretty much on Vancouver's doorstep.. left to right, the narrow inlets/lakes are: Indian Arm (salt), Pitt Lake, Alouette Lake, Slave Lake and Harrison on the extreme right.

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Re: Pitt Lake BC, Canada

Thjanks all
I haven't found a lot of information about it and there could be a reason, Indian Arm is good sailing often though jam packed with power boats in the summer.
How's Harrison. it's a bit of haul pulling the Danica behind the 240D. My boat did come from Harrison Hot Springs. I've heard it can get stormy quite suddenly there? Yes? No? Good Sailing?

Oh and on another note does anyone know if the ambleside launch west Vancouver is still going and free?
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