The big choice is whether to go up inside the islands or the straight. You might want to go up inside the islands and then just boot it back on the outside when you're done.
You've mentioned Bedwell Harbour which has a great resort to stop at for a meal. Montague is great but crowded. A stop at Ganges for lunch in the treehouse and an ice cream cone is fun. You can then anchor
overnight in Glenthorne Passage
or Montague. Further up is Clam Bay which is large and Pirate's Cove which needs a stern tie (I've never been into Pirate's Cove, but it's supposed to be great). If it were me, I'd plan on Pirate's and then if the wind
was going to be up, opt for Clam Bay instead. They're very close to eachother and Clam Bay has more room and better holding but is less spectacular.
Then you can head
through Dodd's to Newcastle Island and Nanaimo or head through Gabriola Pass for Silva Bay or direct to False Creek. Note that you will need to time any of these passes for slack water
. You do not want to try to get through these when the current
is running!! I always go through within half an hour of slack.
You'll need to get a free permit
to anchor in False Creek, and you can check out Granville Island and hit transit very easily by dinghy
. Vancouver's a great city to check out.
Let me know when you're around and I'll trade
some local knowledge for a tour of a Gemini