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05-13-2013 10:47 PM
Uricanejack
Re: Desolution Sound

Coming up from the South.
Keats Island
Smugglers Cove, or Pender Harbour.

From Comox.
Lund.
Then you are there.
05-13-2013 10:01 PM
Alex W
Re: Desolution Sound

northoceanbeach: because it is updated annually and contains the most up to date information on marinas. It isn't really a great guidebook (it is terrible to browse), but it is a good reference.
05-11-2013 07:59 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: Desolution Sound

I don't know why people keep recommending wagoners. I just got one and its terrible. It's also the only book I've ever bought that has ads. And it tried to cram in too big I an area into one book so it doesn't give the detail of other guides.
05-04-2013 03:05 PM
fuddless
Re: Desolution Sound

I need 2 more posts to qualify for links.
05-04-2013 03:05 PM
fuddless
Re: Desolution Sound

And lots of fun in the sun.
05-04-2013 03:04 PM
fuddless
Re: Desolution Sound

Happiness to all Cruisers.
07-02-2008 05:01 PM
sab30 Thanks all...some great ideas..I will cross referance them against the cruising guide and post a summary with pics when we return...ERPS...our boat is Aimee (36ft white hull with a blue stripe) Have a great weekend all.....
07-02-2008 12:08 AM
jrd22 Sab- leaving from Comox explains your five day itinerary, I was starting to think you had a Mac 26 and you were going to see the Sound at 15 knots!

Octopus Islands are a neat place to go, might be crowded (like everywhere), never been there this time of year. Gorge Hbr. is a great place to see, and used to be some fantastic restaurants (check Waggoners guide for the latest rec's). Refuge cove is fun and just north of there is Teakerne Arm with Cassel Falls, great place to hike around by the lake.

Unless you want to race around and try to see everything (bad idea) I'd suggest starting at Prideux for a couple of days and then Roscoe as Erps suggested then Teakerne, maybe over to Gorge for showers and a night out and see how much time you have left.

You might want to PM Faster, he's the resident expert up there.

Have fun, John
07-01-2008 11:57 PM
Faster You'll love it... all the places mentioned are great, Cassell falls and lake are our personal favourites, and it's possible to overnight there but you need to take some care anchoring, it's a challenge. Most do the day trip and return to Squirrel. But there's something to be said about having the lake to yourself late in the evening or early in the am.

Check out the west side of Cortez Island too, if you have time, much less traffic - Von Donop inlet is pretty and secluded, Robertson Lake is clean and quiet.

We generally avoid Prideaux Haven and much of Desolation Sound Marine Park because of crowds, but other places for options include:

Tenedos Bay and its trail to Unwin Lake
Roscoe, as mentioned, and Black Lake
The head of Pendrell Sound for warm water
Gorge Harbour for it's interesting entrance complete with Petroglyphs
The north side of Savary Island as a lunch spot on your way out of Comox
Copeland Islands for your first overnight stop.. try the west side rather than the popular bay on Thulin Pass.. it's a major thoroughfare and has lots of traffic wash and current as well.

In 6 days you'll be pressed to do them all, though they are not any great distance apart - you'll pick one and probably just want to stay there!!

But must dos would include the Squirrel lagoon and Cassell Lake and Falls.

Can't really go wrong, hope the weather does well by you.
07-01-2008 11:43 PM
erps Roscoe Bay then, Squirell Cove so the kids can play in the tidal stream that fills the lagoon and a day trip up to Cassel Lake. If you still have time, a stop in at Refuge Cove just to see the store made out of an old barge and maybe get a burger and if you still have time after that and you like a little history take a trip north from Roscoe Bay to Walsh Cove to see the ancient Indian Paintings on the rocks up close and personal. Maybe we'll see you up there. Nikko is our boat's name, on the stern and both sides.
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