Posted by: cherylyoung | March 2, 2012

Sixty miles of breathtaking coastline, intricate waterways and more will delight the most demanding of adventurers

Most yachtsmen regard Desolation Sound Marine Provincial

Park as the most beautiful cruising ground in

British Columbia, and one of the premier sailing

playgrounds in the world.

Sixty miles of breathtaking coastline, intricate waterways,

small islands and numerous attractive bays and coves,

 nooks and crannies – enough to delight even the most

 demanding of adventurers.

 

Only your time and imagination will limit the endless variety

 of places to discover and activities to pursue in this

unforgettable marine park, the largest in BC.

 

 One of the prime attractions of these waters is their warmth

 in summer months, which makes them ideal for swimming,

 snorkelling and scuba diving.

 

Camping areas ashore abound, and the forested parkland

 comprises extensive trails and small lakes.

Desolation Sound

 is a fantastic area for sea kayaking.

A virtual absence of development in the 8,449-hectare park area

provides visitors with almost total isolation in this protected,

wilderness environment.

 

Visitors should be well prepared and self-sufficient.

 

 Campers should follow proper backcountry travel procedures

 to secure food from animals.

 

The scenery of Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park is less

 severe than many of the other sheer-sided waterways along

 the central coast, although just as majestic.

 

 Set back from the park to the north, east and south are the

 snowcapped peaks of the Coast Mountains that soar from the

 tideline to heights of 2,400 metres.

 

Desolation Sound possesses a magical magnetism that draws

boaters and paddlers from distant shores.

 

 Most of those who arrive aboard boats tend to congregate in

popular anchorages, such as Prideaux Haven, Tenedos Bay,

 and Grace Harbour, much as “fifth-wheelers” converge on RV

parks.

 

 Be a little more imaginative and you’ll find plenty of

isolated bays  and campsites throughout Desolation Sound’s

60 km of  coastline.

 

 Safe anchorages in Desolation Sound Marine Park, at the

confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel, include:

Grace Harbourm A long and narrow sheltered bay located on

 Gifford  Peninsula in Malaspina Inlet.

 

The inner part of Grace Harbour is completely protected from

 all winds and seas.

 

There are a few wilderness camping spots at the end of the bay,

 and a series of hiking trails.

 

 Follow the trail at the northern end of the harbour to a small,

peaceful, freshwater beaver lake.

 

Facilities include pit toilets and an information shelter.

Galley Bay and Isabel Bay or other bays provide anchorage

for cruising boats and landing spots for kayakers wishing

 to explore ashore or set up camp for the night.

 

 

Thors Cove is outside the Park – with a southeast wind blowing

up Okeover Inlet and out Malaspina, this same wind will blow

 

 up 

 

Thors Coveas a westerly.

 Lancelot Inlet as a southerly and almost diretly into

 

 

 The best protection in these circumstances can be found in

 

 the extreme south end of the cove or directly behind a tiny

 

 inlet near the south end.Theodosia Inlet The current runs quite quickly through the

 narrow twisting channel which opens up inside Theodosia.

 

 Theodosia Inlet is almost a lagoon – good anchorage is available

 throughout the Inlet as well as behind this islet.

 

Wootton Bay Several temporary anchorages are possible

near the head of Wootton Bay with goood protection from

the nightime  westerly but somewhat exposed to anything

from the south or southeast.

 

 Mink Island is outside the park boundaries but is still a very

popular anchorages in Desolation Sound.

 

The outer anchorage is fairly deep and completely open

 

to the east.

 

 

 Shallower, more protected anchorage is possible behind

 

 a small islet near the head of the cove.

 

 

 

 

Tenedos Bay, Bold Head shelters this beautiful bay south

of Prideaux Haven, in Homfray Channel.

 

Favoured anchoragesin Tenedos Bay are inside the island

 on the bay’s northern shore,  or at the head of the bay, near

Unwin Lake.

 

A pleasant stroll along a trail leads to Unwin Lake, an ideal

 fresh and warm water swimming spot.

 

Facilities include campsites, pit toilets adan information

shelter.

 

 Kayakers and campers can explore nearby Mink, Curme

 and Otter Islands.

Prideaux Haven, Strategically located as a base for boaters to

explore the Sound, this anchorage is an elongated bay dotted

 with islands, small coves and passageways.

 

Prideaux Haven  is one of the most beautiful anchorages in

Desolation Sound.

 

 This is a marvellous place to explore by kayak, paddling

among small coves, inlets and islands.

 

 Ashore, interesting tidal pools and marshes will enthral you

 with an abundance of marine organisms

CHERYL C YOUNG

SAANICH PENINSUAL REALTY

SIDNEY B.C www.cherylyoung.ca

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