My backyard is the North Bc Coast. The weather
was wet and miserable this year with the normal high pressure never getting hold. probably worst summer in 25 years for Sailing.
The normally inside passage
was almost deserted, never seen so few boats, of any description. Mostly low pressure crap from the south east to south west.
on the inside passage
once you leave Vancouver island is as follows : Rivers Inlet, Nanu,Bella Bella and Sheerwater, Klemtu Hartley Bay and Prince Rupert. Then Ketchican in Alaska
The outside passage offers, very remote
cruising but with good anchorages
. Hecate Strait be careful. We often get summer gales of 40 to 60 knots. The Eastern shore of Banks island is a rock garden and not a place you want to find yourself in heavy seas. Tides are very strong and the North Western section around Graham island is very shallow. So with wind
tide and shallow water
and Ocean fetch you can imagine what it can turn into.. In the inside and outside passage the winds tend to blow up and down the channels. Often very strong catabolic winds at night, screaming of the mountains. Very local sort of wind
patterns in unsettled weather
So that is the scare news.Many small boats do the passage up and down the coast. It is very doable. Unfortunately many Sailboats with a destination
in mind end up motoring the whole way.
My advice set off and enjoy rather than endure. Many fantastic places to see, but if you are in a rush you will miss most of them.