Here we are back home in Whaler Bay
after a nice little tour of the
southern sections of the Gulf Islands. Why is this? Well for starters
we forgot our
We had been enjoying exceptionally nice June weather here, and with the
long range forecast predicting nothing but "more of the same", we were
anxious to go. We headed out on the morning of June 11th with no
particular destination in mind but we thought it would be fun to join
our friends Tom and Sheila who would be out on Spiritus, a 37 foot
sailboat. Popping out of the south end of Active Pass there was
Spiritus heading to Port Browning on Pender Island and along we went.
Port Browning has good anchorage, a nice Marina and a Pub. And there is
a nice shopping area about a 10 minute walk away. Eleanor, Sheila and
Tom enjoyed the shopping experience and then John joined them for lunch
at the pub.
Winter Cove on the North side of Saturna Island is a short one hour
trip away. It has been years since we have visited Winter Cove. It is
connected to the Strait of Georgia through a very small, very tidal gap
called Boat Passage. It is apparently safe to transit at high slack but
check out this picture of it about one
hour after low slack - a 5 foot
is a lot of small high speed boat traffic through this passage at
almost any tide. While Eleanor was down by the water two kayakers were
approaching along the shore on the extreme left, quite invisible to an
boat from the other direction,
and one was
coming at an even higher speed than the one shown in this picture.
Eleanor warned the kayakers to wait and I think they were quite
grateful when they saw how suddenly the speedboat appeared.
Winter Cove is now part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The
one small loop trail to Boat Passage has been extensively upgraded
since our last visit and is in excellent condition.
We decided we didn't want to take Galiander through at high slack - a
mere 9 foot tide the next day. We took a one hour detour around through
Georgeson Passage and down to Cabbage Island Park. This is an
absolutely wonderful pair of Islands (Cabbage and Tumbo Islands)
connected by a drying tidal area filled with oysters. It is a very
popular place for kayakers to visit. The vista's to the north are
breathtaking. The exposure to north west winds is equally breathtaking
so this can only be comfortably visited during southerlies.
The picture with m
it was was taken
from Cabbage Island
The other one shows Eleanor painting at the North end of Tumbo Island.
After two idyllic days a short two hour trip brought us home in some of
the calmest conditions we have ever seen on the Strait of Georgia. In
fact for the whole trip we were not even tempted to raise our sails.
The weather was gorgeous but we were ready for a shower and laundry
reprovision and pick up other small items we forgot. Also Eleanor
taking the opportunity to unload several large bags of extra winter
clothes. We will need the space for expected crew later on.
Now we have decided to stay through the weekend. John's back is
bothering him, the weather report for the weekend is downright cold and
our son and wife and grandchildren will be over for the weekend; we two
Dad's can celebrate Father's day together.
Hard to beat that!
Our next move, when the weather is a bit more promising,
will probably be up the outside of Galiano to Silva Bay and then
the Port of
John & Eleanor.
July 15: Staying in the South Gulf
Our trip North got postponed by a need
to tend to some medical issues
(now dealt with). Also we have new double paned windows that will be
installed at the end of July early August time frame and we want to be
around for that. So we have decided to stick around the South
Islands this year.
We expect to head out tomorrow
(Thursday) and perhaps go as far as
James Bay on Prevost Island and then up to Wallace Island (both are
parks) and nice spots like that. We will see where the winds blow us.