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Old 23-05-2019, 14:13   #16
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Re: Desolation Sound Cruising

Von Donop Inlet is a great protected anchorage. Be wary of the mid channel rock about 0.8 nm from the entrance. Stay to the west of it. I use a bare rock outcrop on the east side as a memory aid. There was a large branch overhanging the water on the west side. It may be gone. If the head of the bay is busy there are other spots to anchor and swing.

Heriot Bay to the west has some docks, fuel and provisions. Drew Harbour is an OK anchorage. a bit deep in spots.

If you get time go through Surge Narrows and spend a night at Octopus Islands. I find anchoring in Waiatt Bay more to my liking. Make sure you enter from the north; the channel is narrow and shallow but navigable. The east entrance is filled with rocks.

The next day go through Hole in the Wall which puts you right back into the north part of Desolation.

All passes must be cleared at the turn.

Walsh Cove is also worth a visit.

Go for a swim in Pendrell Sound. The anchorage (Doctor Cove, I think) can be very busy.
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Old 23-05-2019, 15:36   #17
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Re: Desolation Sound Cruising

Didn't see it mentioned, but I consider Princess Louisa Inlet to be a mandatory visit.
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Re: Desolation Sound Cruising

We found a place called Isobel Cove just outside of DS Provincial Park.

We spent 5 heavenly/lovely/sunkissed/blissful days there with only 5-7 other boats at any given time, and this was in August.

If you can find it, we will welcome you, but I ain't telling anyone exactly where it is.... ssshhhh...
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