San Juan Island Boating
Summer trip 2016

Itineraries

This trip was aboard the “One World”, a 40-foot Lagoon Catamaran. The trip had 4 differernt legs and you can see our ProposeItinerary here which did change some.

First Leg - 4 and 7 days in the Canadian Gulf Islands to the Broughtons

Day 1 - Morning depart after skipper meeting and crew briefing.  We will then journey across the top of the San Juan Islands keeping a sharp eye out for Orcas and soaking in the scenery.   Our goal is to cross over into Canada where we will go through customs and drop anchor in Bidwell Harbor on South Pender Island.  

We will have the rest of the day to discover Poets Cove and South Pender Island. Take the opportunity to sea kayak, hike, swim in the pool (or the bay depending on water temperature), play tennis, or enjoy the day spa.  This is also a great place to go fishing, crabbing or catch fresh prawns.  Later you can dine ashore or just relax aboard and prepare your own feast.

Day 2 - Morning depart up the south side of North Pender Island.  This is a great place to catch a salmon as we cruise along the cliffs.  After we clear Pender Island we will be on our way north taking in the vistas of the Gulf Islands and looking for favorable winds to blow us north to our next anchorage in Preedy Harbour on the west side of Thetis Island.  On the way in we will put out our prawn trap in one of our favorite holes. 

Once at anchor we will have time to swim, hike kayak, or one of our favorite things to do is hop on the ferry over to Chemainus and tour the town and its historical collection of over 500 murals adorning the walls of the buildings of this quant little Island town.  You will have the choice to dine ashore before taking the ferry back or enjoy a BBQ dinner aboard.
Day 3 - This morning we can relax and sleep in.  We will have to explore Thetis Island and walk over to Telegraph Harbour and enjoy their General Store where they have shuffle board, table tennis, horseshoes and of course ice cream.  Or you might want to take a dingy ride and explore some of the nearby little islets.

We will need to get going by around 2:00 to time the tides at Dodd Narrows.  We go through at slack to avoid the heavy currents that occur at peak flood and ebb.  We will anchor this night at New Castle Island where there is a great network of trails that circumvent the Island.  This will be our last night at anchor and we are just across the way from Nanaimo.  We can dine aboard or it is an easy dingy ride over to the town for dinner or to seek out the best Nanaimo bars for dessert.

Day 4 - Still time to relax and take it all in before we weigh anchor and head over to Nanaimo to get some lunch and to catch your Ferry back to the mainland.

 

Day 4 - Board at noon and store your things and attend the Captains briefing.  While you get settled we will be getting fresh provisions and top off with fuel.  We need to get going by early afternoon because we have about a 5 to 6 hour trip (depending if we have favorable winds) up Vancouver Island to our first destination at Thornby Island.  After anchoring there will be time to go ashore and enjoy the beach or play some tennis before our BBQ dinner.

Day 5 - We rise early and we have a big day of travel.  Our next stop is Campbell River where we will pick up a slip and enjoy the town .  Dine ashore or cook aboard but we need to get to bed for an early rise.

Day 6 - We leave at the crack of dawn to catch the slack tide at Seymore Narrows and make our way into the Broughtons.  Our destination is Blind Channel.  At this point we will be out of cell phone range and we get to truly disconnect from the rest of the world.

 

Day 7 – We leave early for Echo Bay Marine Park and marina to rendezvous with other boaters for a feast in the wilderness.

 

 

If you are getting off here then you will be catching the bus back to Nanaimo where you can catch one of the ferries back to the mainland.

Third leg - 7days the Broughtons to Powell River

Day 1 - You are either still on board from the first leg or you arrived the night before by ferry, bus or plane.   We are getting an early start today and sailing north across Queen Charlotte Sound to the north end of Broughton Island to Sullivan Bay Marina.

Day 2 - We will make our way east around the top of Broughton Island and up Tribune Channel to see the water falls and stay at Kwatsi Bay.

Day 3 - We now are heading south and will pick our way through the Islands and stay in Lagoon cove.

Day 4 - We work our way south and then stay over night in the Octopus Islands in Desolation Sound.

 

 

Day 5 - We will exit out of the “hole in the wall” and make our way to Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound.

Day 6 – We head south out of Desolation Sound, stop for lunch in the Sandwich Islands.  Stay the night in Powell River

.Day 7 - Powell River is a great place to end your teip. There is lots to explore here and from here you can catch the ferry and then the bus to Nanaimo and then ferry back to the main land or there are resonable flights into Vancouver and elsewhare.

Fourth leg - 7 days to Princess Louisa Inlet, BC

Day 1 - After leaving your car at the Vancouver airport and flying into Powell River on the Sunshine coast of BC, you will board and store stuff, then the captains briefing and leave by noon for Ballet Bay.  Drop anchor and explore the bay by kayak or dingy and swim.  BBQ dinner at anchor.

Day 2 - Today it is time to put our cell phone away.  We are heading up in the fjords and we will be out of contact for the next few days.  We will be timing our departure with the tide so that we arrive at the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet at slack tide.  We need it to be slack because this is also a narrows called Malibu Rapids and should only be navigated at slack tide.  Before entering through to this hidden paradise and marine sanctuary we will put out our prawn trap to be retrieved later.  This inlet is similar to entering Yosemite Valley full of water.  It is a mile wide in the middle and four miles long with 7000 feet snow covered peaks ascending straight up out of the water with waterfalls spilling off their edges. 

At the end is Chatterbox Falls where we will be spending the next couple of days hiking, kayaking, exploring with the tender, and enjoying the company of the other boaters who have come to dock off this sailing Mecca.  It is total relaxation time with an occasional tender ride out to the prawn trap to check for catch or a boat ride to find ice cream.

Day 3 - Princess Louisa Inlet

Day 4 - Today we will be timing our escape from paradise.  We will need to go through at slack again, pull in the prawn trap for the last time as we start our trip back to civilization.  Our first stop is in Egmont at the Back Eddy Marina.  This is the first outpost we will come across after leaving the Canadian wilderness.  We will be staying the night here and topping off with fuel.   This is a great place to take a hike or do some fishing.  We recommend the trail to the Skookumchuck Rapids.  At the trail’s end, you get a great view.  This narrow channel can turn into a 7 foot off fall at max flow where you can see extreme surfers riding the wave.  It is also a première scuba diving spot at slack tide.  Return from your hike and take the Skookumchuck burger challenge on the deck at the Back Eddy café.

Day 5 - After breakfast, we will head west down the Agamemnon Channel to Pender Harbor.
 
Day 6 - We are now headed back down the Sunshine Coast to the hustle and bustle of the Vancouver area.  We have our option to make a stop in a remote area, a quaint harbor such as Gibson’s Marina or Snug Cove, before heading into the city and enjoy the city of Vancouver. 

Day 7 - We are off to False Creek to spend a night and enjoy the city life from the water.  We will be right next to the famous Granville Market.  There is much to do in the area including museums, theater and live comedy, shopping or just simply enjoy the view of this bustling harbour from the comfort of your floating downtown penthouse.

Leg 4 7 days Vancouver to Bellingham

 
Day 1 - Morning depart after skipper meeting and crew briefing. It’s time to cross over the Strait of Georgia.  This is a 4 hour crossing over to the Gulf Islands and can be a thrilling sail if the conditions are right.  We will spend the night at Clam Bay where we can dingy through the cut to get ice cream in Telegraph Harbour at the general store.

Day 2 - Morning depart up the south side of North Pender Island.  This is a great place to catch a salmon as we cruise along the cliffs.  After we clear Pender Island we will be on our way north taking in the vistas of the Gulf Islands and looking for favorable winds to blow us north to our next anchorage in Preedy Harbour on the west side of Thetis Island.  On the way in we will put out our prawn trap in one of our favorite holes. 

Day 3 We keep a sharp eye out for Orcas and soaking in the scenery while traveling to anchor in Bidwell Harbor on South Pender Island.  We will have the rest of the day to discover Poets Cove and South Pender Island. Take the opportunity to sea kayak, hike, swim in the pool (or the bay depending on water temperature), play tennis, or enjoy the day spa.  This is also a great place to go fishing, crabbing or catch fresh prawns.  Later you can dine ashore or just relax aboard and prepare your own feast.
Day 4 Portland Islans is one of our faverat stops. Great hiking and Kayaking.

Day 5 and 6 - We are coming back through the San Juan Islands and will be going through customs at Roche Harbor on the west end of the island.
This is a beautiful harbor and one of the most popular in the islands. After clearing customs, there will be time for lunch ashore and to get ice cream.

Then it’s off to Sucia Island our favorite place in the islands.
This island is only accessible by boat and is a gem.  You will want to go ashore and hike or sea kayak around the island.
We will end the day with a BBQ fish dinner of some local catch.

Day 7 - It’s early morning and it is time to head back. You are welcome to sleep in or get up and enjoy an early morning cruise past the north end of Orcas Island.  We arrive back to port around noon.

Prices for the different legs

 

Captain Bill Blok
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