A Wild and Windswept Place: Brooks Peninsula by Dinghy, Part 1

Ancient Cedars, puffins, sea lion colonies, alpine lakes and the juiciest wild berries I have ever seen – The Brooks Peninsula is an enormous un-developed, un-logged, roadless and nearly trail-less hunk of Pacific Northwest rainforest and mountains thrusting out to sea off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. After we visited it’s southern side on … More A Wild and Windswept Place: Brooks Peninsula by Dinghy, Part 1

Around Vancouver Island part 7: Nootka Reefs, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

Continuing our journey south down the west coast of Vancouver Island, our next stop would be somewhere along the west coast of Nootka Island. The rabid surf enthusiasts among us – everyone except me, were hoping to find some clean peeling waves down the west side of Nootka. As we sailed briskly along through the … More Around Vancouver Island part 7: Nootka Reefs, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

Round Vancouver Island part 6: Caves, shipwrecks, storms and waves

After leaving the Tatchu peninsula, we continued to make our way south down the coast towards Nootka island, through thick wet fog. The fog was disorientating, obscuring the horizon and all the landscape, leaving you in a shifting, rolling world of confused waves and white nothingness. We quickly grew tired of swaying and bobbing through … More Round Vancouver Island part 6: Caves, shipwrecks, storms and waves

Round Vancouver Island part 5: Tatchu Peninsula and catching our first salmon

The town of Kyuquot is a collection of wood buildings perched around the sea, docks jutting out into the mist. A dirt path weaving though front yards of houses is the main thoroughfare on one side of the cove. Small aluminium boats zigzag back and forth across the bay. The entrance to the cove is … More Round Vancouver Island part 5: Tatchu Peninsula and catching our first salmon

Around Vancouver Island part 2: Desolation Sound to the Broughton Archipelago

After a morning swimming and shore exploring in the small bay on Cortes, we said goodbye to the crew of the Clair de Lune and set off to reach Yuculta Rapids at slack tide. Water passing through the narrow passages of this part of the coast often creates powerful tidal currants and whirlpools that can … More Around Vancouver Island part 2: Desolation Sound to the Broughton Archipelago

Around Vancouver Island part 1: Departing Victoria to Desolation Sound

Well, We’ve finally set off on our cruise around Vancouver Island. It was an interesting challenge figuring out how to stow all the food and supplies, as well as people’s personal things, but we seem to have figured it out. We even have a guitar, a hand drum and a mandolin on board and what … More Around Vancouver Island part 1: Departing Victoria to Desolation Sound

Sailing plans, provisions, safety gear and finding the balance

There is hustle and bustle going on here as we prepare to take off cruising for two months in just a few weeks. It seems like we’ve been talking non stop about boat things – jobs needing done, things needing buying, problems needing solving. We’re almost there though, things are being crossed off the list … More Sailing plans, provisions, safety gear and finding the balance