Lately we have stopped along various points throughout the Broughton archipelago which borders the Queen Charlote strait. This area is roughly 200 miles north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Just more beautiful area. The archipelago is especially breathtaking by air....not that I have flown over mind you, but aerial photos I have seen are amazing.
Stopped in Port Neville and took a walk through the old store and post office which has long since closed. The surrounding property is still occupied by the founding family. Met the woman that grew up there. She lives there all alone (with bears) as a postmaster and caretaker with a B.C. free government dock in her view. We saw a HUGE black bear the evening we stayed but it was too dark to get his pic. Little scary as we had a bag of trash in the cockpit (which came inside until the a.m.). These areas are so remote, there is seldom any place to leave trash until we go to an actual town.
We stopped briefly at Sullivan Bay which is owned by 9 homeowners. They run generators to power the docks, store, restaurant and houses. Cute little community. Some of the houses had helicopters on top.
We decided we needed a few days in the city for provisioning, boat washing, land walking, etc. so we decided to check out Campbell River. To get there we had to pass through Seymour narrows which is known to be very turbulent...up to 16 kts. Boats have been lost here in fairweather believe it or not. There are upwellings in the water and one third of the tidal waters from the Strait of Georgia(body of water between Vancouver Island and the mainland)flows through this pass. So at slack water we and everyone else makes a run for it. We made the 6 a.m. which ordinarily wouldn't be a big deal except for the ship wake that nearly threw me against the wall of our berth while at anchor. It wasn't that I didn't expect a little rock and roll, it was the violence with which our boat rocked gunnel to gunnel at midnight as the ship made his pass through the narrows. Such is the life of a boater.
Campbell River is a nice town of 30,000 people which is the largest town we've seen since Juneau, Alaska. Lots of friendly people, nice shopping, restaurants, farmer's market and a long waterfront boardwalk. It is nice to stop in places with ALL services we might need. We even watched the UFC fight at a nearby restaurant. It was interesting to watch nice Canadians get drunk during the fight. Looked like America to me....
Today we leave to finish up the Broughton's and head to Desolation Sound where we will rendezvous with our sailing friends on Cambria. The weather has been outstanding and we can only hope it continues as we head south. Cheers.