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BCs Gulf Islands - Wallace

We in BC are blessed with some of the world's best cruising grounds, with myriad inlets, islands, sounds, and hidey-holes abounding. With so many of you all hauled and suffering I thought I'd put up a taste of what summer will be like.



This GE image (not the greatest) shows the Gulf Islands area, the proximity to Washington State's San Juans, the border hijinx courtesy of Kaiser Wilhelm. As you can see the islands are entered by the various tidal passes highlighted. Some of these can run to 9 or 10 knots at spring tides, and deserve a great deal of respect... they can also be, as you may well imagine, serious traffic jams at slack tide during summer months.



Focusing on the Northern section of the Gulf Islands, highlights here include Decourcy Island with Pirates Cove... legendary tales of the cultist "Brother XII" and his 'harem' culled from, among other sources, rare visiting boaters during which time the hapless husbands were housed elsewhere and put to work.
Now a popular anchorage and marine park,it's a pretty spot and the 'pirate chest' is a favourite of the youngsters.





The other gem (also a marine park) of this area is Wallace Island. Once a small resort started by David Conover, and American from LA (who claimed to have some connection with Marilyn Monroe) and then held by a cooperative of Seattle teachers, it was purchased by the BC Government with support from Marine Parks Forever and made a park. Two good anchorages here, Conover Cove is close to the original resort and a few small buildings remain.. the other is Princess Bay, deeper and larger and only a short walk from Conover.

There is a good trail the length of the island that is an easy walk, about 4 km each way, and there is allegedely a visible wreck (of the Panther) off Panther pt. We've never managed to actually see it. The pass around Chivers point is navigable at all tides but one must be cautious.



One of the treats here is an old summer kitchen building that has been festooned with hand made plaques of hundreds of visiting boats and crews (this is also a popular kayaker's stop) and it's easy to spend an hour here marvelling at the ingenuity of some of the things done/made to hang here.. some samples:



Here are the three we put up over the years, of 3 past boats, Phantom, Jalapeno and our current FastForward:







Another highlight for kids, young and old, is an old Willy's truck left over from the resort days:



And here's a rustic former animal shelter:



Looking at the GE shot, there's small cove near the NW end, just below Chivers point on the outside.. a tempting looking spot but we've never quite had the nerve to try to anchor here. We did stop on a combined hike/kayak trip.



Anchored in Princess Bay



And from here in fair weather, you're pretty well guaranteed some really nice sunsets:


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We should be up again this summer

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It would be nigh on a perfect world if only Australia and Canada shared, if not the same continent, then at least the same hemisphere....

Great post.

(Ok...Washington can come along too)

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It would be nigh on a perfect world if only Australia and Canada shared, if not the same continent, then at least the same hemisphere....

Great post.

(Ok...Washington can come along too)
Yeeees, that would be good and Washington, they're pretty good folk down there. Don't forget about New Zealand, they're a mighty fine lot down there.

Great post Faster, some good stuff I didn't know, thanks. I need to get down that way more often. Your photos always look so sunny.


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Thanks for the ideas, we're heading north next summer.
Can't wait!
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Yeeees, that would be good and Washington, they're pretty good folk down there. Don't forget about New Zealand, they're a mighty fine lot down there.

Great post Faster, some good stuff I didn't know, thanks. I need to get down that way more often. Your photos always look so sunny.
Yeppers...the Kiwis can join the party too.....

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Thanks for the beautiful Photos. I have my first summer to look forward to in Gulf Islands & Puget sound under sail. You have just made me impatient to get going.
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I'm counting the days. Thanks for the teaser!

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Missed us

You missed our plaque!!! But they have a way of being replaced by the others that get hung. OBTY a racoon helped himself to one of our fellow picknickers food the last time we were there. Fun to watch him sneak out of the woods and get what he wanted and run back.





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You missed our plaque!!! But they have a way of being replaced by the others that get hung. .
Sorry... to get all the plaques would take an awful lot of pictures!.. Yes, some have been replaced and others are accumulating outside on the ground the last time we were there....

It's a great tradition but unfortunately now there are so many that it becomes unmanageable... and it's hard to imagine there's till actually room for more but everyone wants to get in on it.

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