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08-22-2010 11:49 AM
Faster Thanks John... we're sorry too, not to have been able to hook up. We tried calling on multiple occasions but did not get close enough, I guess. No serendipity this year!

We ALWAYS go into the Texada Boat Club at Sturt Bay.. really reasonable rates, great wharfinger team there and a pretty nice, welcoming set up. Tricky business anchoring floats in 90 feet of water! We also have friends who live there so stop to visit (and borrow a vehicle to swim the quarries.)

Looking forward to your report!
08-22-2010 11:29 AM
jrd22 Great photos Ron, looks like you had a wonderful summer cruise. Very sorry we didn't cross paths this year. Your stay at Sturt Bay was better than ours, a long uncomfortable night where the wind shifted (0200 of course) from SE to NW and our anchor chain found a big rock to get wrapped up on which growled and worried us all night. We just got home last night, I'll try to post a few pics soon.
08-22-2010 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by sailjunkie View Post
.....We're going to be making our first major trip since buying the boat shortly, and a slow trip to Pender Harbour and back struck us as a heck of an idea. After looking at your images, a dinghy ride to Gunboat Bay would be worthwhile.
For a slow trip to Pender Harbour and back, there's a few spots in Howe Sound that are worthwhile, of course Smuggler Cove, Buccaneer Bay are also worth a look. But you're also pretty close to Jedidiah Island and that's just simply a very special place. Have a look here if you haven't already:

btw often the trip back south is easier doing it via Nanaimo - cross over from Secret or Jedidiah/Lasqueti and cross back again to the mainland a day or so later - Nanaimo's Newcastle Island is another must-see.

Enjoy your trip!
08-21-2010 11:41 PM
sailjunkie Ron, these are really nice images! For a moment, I thought that I had mistakenly logged on to my favourite photography forum.

We're going to be making our first major trip since buying the boat shortly, and a slow trip to Pender Harbour and back struck us as a heck of an idea. After looking at your images, a dinghy ride to Gunboat Bay would be worthwhile.
08-21-2010 11:08 PM
Bilgewater Thanks for the map Ron, that's quite hike-able from the gov't dock. Not too sure about bushwacking but maybe.
08-21-2010 09:23 PM
billyruffn Faster,

Did you get lost up near Redondo Island? The track in the first photo looks like your navigator was a drunk gone walkabout!

Glad you had a good holiday. It's a beautiful area and you're lucky to be able to cruise it often. Your photos brought back fond memories of our time there in '06.
08-21-2010 09:07 PM
Stillraining Great photo essay Ron...Good to have you back but good to have you out there enjoying what we are all gathered around here for anyway.
08-21-2010 08:42 PM
Originally Posted by seayalatermoonglow View Post
.....Just to parrot Ray, where is that rock quarry, it doesn't show on my charts. Is it at the end of the Vananda creek? Never heard of it but thanks to you I need to go there.
Hi Steve.. glad you got my note.. surprised you were away so long!

Hi Ray.. this is a place to put on your list alright!!

As to the quarries... they are about 3 miles by road along the way to the Blubber Bay ferry.. apparently if you kayak/dinghy to the head of Sturt Bay at high tide you can bushwack up to the road and it's a much shorter route. We were fortunate enough to have access to a vehicle.

08-21-2010 08:30 PM
Originally Posted by JSailer View Post
Simply amazing!
We would love to a trip like this in the next few years.
I have three young sons who love spending time IN the water... What water temperature do you get up there in the summer?
In the Gulf Islands the water rarely gets over 62-64F... but further north, esp in Pendrell Sound it can go as high as mid 70s. Other areas fall in between. Oddly there are pockets of warm water in Howe Sound (relatively south).

In any event we swam just about everywhere this year.. if the water wasn't particularly warm, the air was hot enough to need the cool down. That's one thing I appreciate when swimming on our home waters vs swimming in the Caribbean.. there's no doubt it's more refreshing up here.
08-21-2010 07:59 PM
smackdaddy Wow - that is one beautiful chunk of earth and sea. Very nice Fast.
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