I grew up on the coast (Vancouver) and spent my formative years until I was nearly 30 towing logs
, barges, commercial
fishing, beach combing and generally making a nuisance of myself from the Queen Charlttes down to Washington
State. My advice is to check in at South Pender Island in the gulf Islands, you should have a passport which makes entering the U.S. again a lot easier. The Nexus card is really to avoid lines at border crossings with heavy vehicular traffic... Doesn't do you much good by boat!
Spend some time cruising around the Gulf Islands and Victoria if you have time... Beautiful country and many supurb anchorages
. You can take one long gun(rifle) into Canada and one shotgun. You will not be allowed entry if you have ANY handguns. So, leave 'me behind!
On your way up to Pricess Louisa Inlet, stop at Secret Cove and around the corner at Pender Harbor. Also, as you start into Jervis Inlet pass Nelson Island to the south and stop in Egmont. Great little general store, fun bar and hike onto the Skookumchuck Rapids... It is really a sight not to be missed. Do not try to enter the Rapids, however, even if you are familiar with the tides and current
in the area. While Porpoise Bay is a nice spot, you need local knowledge to get out! Head
out of Egmont back into Jervis inlet and hang a right up to PLI. Watch your tides closely going in to PLI as the tide runs pretty hot on both flood and ebb. No need to go up to the end of Jervis Inlet unless you enjoy looking at logging camps.
If you have the time to head
up to Desolation Sound, you are about a days run to the bottom end from Pender Harbor. Watch for deadheads (widow makers)... They will tear the bottom out of your boat and all the running gear
Enjoy your adventure... Phil