Archive For The “Queen Charlotte Sound” Category

Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound: Hecate and Calvert Islands

Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound: Hecate and Calvert Islands

The maze of islands and waterways that border Queen Charlotte Sound has long been one of our favorite cruising ground. The terrain is complex, the scenery is varied and impressive, and the anchorage choices are many. The adventure level ranges from sheltered waters, to open ocean, to tidal rapids. You can laze in a tranquil…

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Trawler Fest Anacortes

Trawler Fest Anacortes

The Pacific Northwest Trawler Fest will be held at Anacortes this year on May 7th through 9th. We’ll be presenting on Saturday the 9th at 10:30am on Queen Charlotte Sound. This is our favorite cruising destination—if we could only visit one place year after year, this would be the place. The terrain is complex, the…

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The McMullin Group

The McMullin Group

Queen Charlotte Sound has many amazing white-sand beaches, but the best we’ve found are at the McMullin Group. The sand is deep and soft, and almost every beach has view east to the Coast Mountains.   The island group is wonderfully complex, making for interesting dinghy exploration. As we toured around, we kept finding what…

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Triquet Island: A Day at the Beach — Pacific Yachting, June 2008

When we first arrived at Triquet Island, a deer bounded toward us across a wide, white-sand beach. Nearby, a wrecked fishing vessel embedded in the sand was evidence of the ocean’s power. On our second visit, we found a whimsical wilderness hut above an even nicer sand beach as well as a trail to a…

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Cruising the Secret Coast: Queen Charlotte Sound — PassageMaker, May/June 2008

We visited Queen Charlotte Sound for the first time in 2002, and the complex terrain, impressive scenery, and variety of fabulous anchorages

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Spider Anchorage — Pacific Yachting, September 2007

Spider anchorage and the surrounding islets make up the heart of the Hakai Luxvbalis (pronounced hack-eye looks-bal-ease) Conservancy Area at the edge of Queen Charlotte Sound. The complex waterways, sheltered anchorages, amazing scenery and diverse ecosystem are popular with pleasure boaters, kayakers and scuba divers. Popular, however, is a relative thing. A busy day in…

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The Goose Group — Pacific Yachting, August 2007

The Goose Group is at the edge of the edge, and feels that way. Reefs, off-lying rocks and underwater shelves surround the islands, and their low topography provides little wind shelter for anchoring. Evidence of fierce storms is visible everywhere. Stunted, windswept trees cling to land. Driftwood has been cast high onto the outer shores…

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Exploring Hakai — Pacific Yachting, March 2004

The Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area is situated off the mainland coast just north of Vancouver Island. At 123,000 hectares it is the largest of British Columbia’s numerous marine parks and comprises literally hundreds of islands and islets. This is the B.C. coast in all its glory, with something for everyone: mountains, rapids, wildlife, lagoons, lazy…

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Exploring Kildidt Inlet — Pacific Yachting, September 2003

Jutting northward from Kildidt Sound deep into Hunter Island in the Hakai Conservation Study Area, Kildidt Inlet extends roughly three nautical miles before branching into two secluded lagoons connected by a narrow channel studded with islets. The waterways are a joy to explore, but entry is blocked by the perilous Kildidt Narrows, where 12-kt tidal…

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Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area

Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area

In the summer of 2002, we traveled to the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area (formerly designated as the Hakai Recreation Area). Hakai is on BC’s central coast, off Queen Charlotte Sound north of Vancouver Island. It’s roughly 400 nautical miles from Seattle and 200 miles from the Alaska border. Encompassing close to 123,000 hectares, Hakai is…

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