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Re: Port Hardy to Ketchikan
If you intend to actually do some sailing I think I'd jump off from Bull Harbour.. the extra westing may give you better angles across QC Sound heading for, say, Fury Cove as a first stop. By then you're nearly back 'inside'. Up Fitzhugh with a stop at Pruth Bay on Calvert Is. and a hike to the beaches on the outside would be on my list. Bella Bella/Millbank Sound and up into Finlayson then on via Klemtu/Butedale it's all inside til you're nearly at Prince Rupert.
The upper reaches of Mathieson and Finlayson channel and an area now known as 'Fiordland' includes Kynoch inlet with its waterfalls, tidal flats and Culpepper lagoon. Grizzly country!
If it's not a pure delivery trip with some time for excursions then up towards Namu, Ocean Falls, Bella Coola (eg cirumnav King Island) would give you opportunity to stop at a couple of hot springs and some historical locations (Alexander McKenzie rock, for ex.) Remote inlets like Dean Channel would be similar to Bute and Toba inlets further south. The Dean River is a well known Steelhead fishing area. As a kid I remember seeing the still-standing remains of an aboriginal longhouse on the flats at Kimsquit on the Dean delta.
Either way it should be a memorable trip!
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