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01-04-2009 12:10 PM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Yes, hot springs are further north, - it's another 40+ miles outside jaunt to Tofino, from there you're inside again for a bit, including, I believe, Hot Springs cove.

IIRC Google Earth has pretty limited coverage in this area, but it may be getting better.
You can go inside from Tofino, by going around Flores Island. The short route is to go outside.

Jack
01-02-2009 11:25 PM
tomhuntdmd
Swimming in Barkley

We were in Barkley in the middle of August and had nice swimming at Lucky creek. We anchored just to the East of Refuge Island (49 01.55, 125 18.675). The temperature of the salt water was an honest 70 degrees. My wife (who does not like cold water) actually went swimming, while I spent about an hour scrubbing the bottom of the boat. There was a thermocline at about six feet, so cleaning the bottom of the keel was chilly.

As for Lucky Creek itself, the water was a little colder, probably 66 to 68 degrees, but very fun due to the waterfalls and deep pools.

Our weather in August was pretty good. Two days of rain, out of 11 we were actually in Barkley, a little fog, but generally quite a bit of sun. A lot of the locals in Uclulet were sporting fresh sunburns the day we were there.

The best thing is the seafood. We caught 4 salmon under sail, all about 2-3 miles outside, plus buckets of oysters and steamer clams. Got a few crab in Uclulet. Didn't do well with the shrimping, though other people we knew did.

Good Luck

Tom
01-02-2009 04:48 PM
Faster
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Originally Posted by erps View Post
Thanks Ron. Now I'll have to get on google earth to find those spots. I heard there were some hot springs somewhere on the west side. Maybe further north?
Yes, hot springs are further north, - it's another 40+ miles outside jaunt to Tofino, from there you're inside again for a bit, including, I believe, Hot Springs cove.

IIRC Google Earth has pretty limited coverage in this area, but it may be getting better.
01-02-2009 04:31 PM
erps Thanks Ron. Now I'll have to get on google earth to find those spots. I heard there were some hot springs somewhere on the west side. Maybe further north?
01-02-2009 02:40 PM
Faster
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I think I have Sandy talked into going to Barkley Sound next summer, 2009. We really like anchorages with warm water lakes within walking distance to swim in. Are there places like that in Barkley Sound? We're accustom to warm water and air temperatures in Desolation Sound. What's the climate like in Barkley Sound? Any anchorages that one "must see" while they are there?
Desolation Sound's fresh water swimming opportunities are one of our favourite things about that area too.. but you'll not find such treasures in Barkley Sound unfortunately. You may well give up "summer" for the duration of your stay (not always, but odds are......) Lots of marine cloud and fog can obscure the sun and keep things coolish even when Georgia Strait and other inside areas are enjoying clear warm sunshine. We were there the first 2 weeks in July and that was our experience - others have had nice weather, almost warm, but swimming is extremely rare except for the hardiest sorts. Apparently August (aka FOGUST) is worse still.

That said, the area has attractions that make up for all of that. Highlights for us were:

Bamfield - original terminus of the first Trans Pacific cable, quaint village with supplies and fuel, two towns, really, an isolated side and one at the "end of the road". The isolated side has a waterfront boardwalk that is quite famous and the walk to Brady's Beach is well worthwhile.

Port Alberni Yacht Club outstation - good moorage, welcoming people, showers make this a nice stop, good kayaking in the area too.

Numerous anchorages available, the bonus is you're often on your own once you're away from the supply ports of Bamfield and Uclulet. Busier anchorages include Effingham and the Turtle group, but we were often able to find one boat hideyholes here and there.

"Lucky Creek" near the mouth of Pipestem inlet was a treat.. a nice paddle/row up an estuary takes you to a series of small waterfalls with swimming holes - they'd be very tempting on a hot day.

The outer islands (Clarke, Benson and others) are not really good overnight stays but in the right conditions are fascinating day stops as long as the swell isn't too severe. Effingham is a good base to explore these islands from. The hike/bushwack from Effingham to the aborignal village site is another good excursion.

The rugged harsh outer island shores are in stark contrast to the rounded sandstone we see so much of in the Gulf Islands.

Ucluclet is a good provisioning spot but very busy with fish charters, not our fave but pretty much a necessary stopover if you're there for any time at all. The highlight there was an incredible breakfast at the local bowling alley.

Getting there and back we did a couple of marathons - Victoria to Bamfield in 17 hours, coming back we had better conditions and did Bamfield to Sidney Spit in a pre-dawn to dusk day. We chose not to try to overnight in San Juan harbour - too many stories of lack of space and excessive swell.

I'd highly recommend having kayaks on board.. these will greatly enhance your experience here.. paddling close to these rugged islands in the residual swell is really neat, there are plenty of lagoons and shallow areas you'd otherwise not see.

Don't be too discouraged by our tales of cold weather/conditions.. it was still well worth it and we'll do it again - but not every year.
01-02-2009 02:07 PM
erps I think I have Sandy talked into going to Barkley Sound next summer, 2009. We really like anchorages with warm water lakes within walking distance to swim in. Are there places like that in Barkley Sound? We're accustom to warm water and air temperatures in Desolation Sound. What's the climate like in Barkley Sound? Any anchorages that one "must see" while they are there?
07-03-2008 08:02 PM
camaraderie Nice trip report...thanks.
07-03-2008 03:33 PM
jrd22 Plumper- it sounds like you had a great week with your Dad. We were up there several years ago with my father and had a fantastic trip. I think it must be about time to go back. Thanks for the report.

John
07-03-2008 02:45 PM
Faster Thanks for the report, Plumper... brought back good memories here also.

Agree that the PAYC facility is a great deal, a real nice setup that we don't mind helping to support. We too "enjoyed" the hike from Effingham to the village site, on one of the few sunny days we had.

We also spotted humps, just outside the PAYC in Trevor Channel, and greys in the distance on our way past Cape Beal in the early hours as we headed home.

We did a marathon Victoria -Bamfield, mostly chugging in a light westerly, and then hooked into a good westerly on the way home, going from Bamfield to Sidney Spit in another dawn to dusk passage.

A real interesting change from the inside waters, well worth the effort to get there, but of course you need to be prepared to give up some summer weather much of the time.

Thanks again
07-03-2008 02:06 PM
Plumper We didn't bring traps and didn't try to find clams but others were having good luck.
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