July 25 - 27: The McNaughton Group
This area is home to the Heiltsuk First Nations People who have lived here for thousands of years. The names Hakai, Kildadt, Nalau, etc all reflect their history. Today, Bella Bella, near Shearwater, is the center of their community.
|Restored Canadian "Woodie" - 100 Years Old|
July 28 - 31: Saturday we headed out Cultus Sound, along the eastern edge of Hunter Island and into Queen's Sound proper. Soon, we cut back into Spitfire Channel to a secure but unremarkable anchorage for the night. Having given up on the Goose Group we headed SW to a similar spot named Triquet Island in the Breadner Group. The exposed sides of these islands are rugged, wind blown shores with crashing waves even on the calmer days. But, the protected sides often have nice sand beaches. Such is the case with Triquet. There is a nice cove on the north shore with a sand beach. After anchoring we poked around the outer side of the island in the dinghy.
|Intrepid at Triquet Island - Pacific Beyond|
|Reflections at Clare Island|
Tuesday, we listened to the weather and changed our thoughts. We had planned to go around the corner to little Judd Cove then head south across Hakai Passage to Pruth Bay on Wednesday. But, EC is now calling for pretty good wind Tuesday PM/Wednesday AM. That would make crossing Hakai with Pacific swells on our beam uncomfortable so we decided to head directly to Pruth today. From here we will head across Fitz Hugh to Fish Egg Inlet. Fitz High can get snotty in a south wind such as the 30 Kn called for. But, there appears to be a window Thursday AM which we hope to capture.