beach at Mound Island, BC

In Queen Charlotte Strait Now

JUNE 28, 2014 | After crossing the Strait of Georgia, we blasted through Seymour Narrows breaking a speed record for Mischief at 13.5 knots. Spent a blissfully quiet night in Small Inlet. The next day we made it up through the notoriously rough Johnstone Strait on an unusually calm day, dropping the hook in Port Neville. No whales to be seen at Robson Bight or Telegraph Cove. 

Decided to spend a couple of days around the Broughtons, and discovered the beautiful Pearse Islands — a remote cluster with anchorage in the middle. The water there is astoundingly clear. We dinghied through a narrow passage where you could see anemones and sea urchins 20 feet down! On the way to Pott’s Lagoon, we crossed roiling tide rips with Dall’s porpoises swimming circles around the boat, again in that incredibly clear water. 

Heading to Mound Island, we explored a couple of abandoned Indian settlements with white shell beaches. Lots of wildlife around this area.

We’re in Port McNeill for a couple of days now, waiting for better weather on the west side of Vancouver. Today was gale force winds so we stayed put, and took the BCFerry over to Malcolm  Island to visit Sointula, a community that began as a Finnish socialist commune. Beautiful hike along the beach, in our rain gear. Tomorrow laundry and shopping. We’ll still have cell coverage for one more day — then maybe not for quite a while.

Everything is going well, and Michael even got the water maker to finally work!

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