Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Going North: Our plans for cruising on Pelagia this Spring/Summer (2016)

After our time in Mexico, we have a hankering to go North.

Specifically, we are planning a 2-3-month long cruise to:

  • Princess Louisa Inlet: Strangely, we've never been to this world famous cruising destination. It's time we went, and going in late May should mean lots of waterfalls and lack of crowds.
  • After Princess Louisa, we plan to head to the central coast,  North of Vancouver Island and Cape Caution (via Desolation Sound and the Broughtons). Never really crowded, June will be pretty quiet. We've been here before (2002, 2007, 2011) and miss it. Fantastic, wild and dramatic (but protected) anchorages, wilderness, great salmon fishing*, uncrowded.
  • After the central coast, we currently plan to cruise down the West (wild) coast of Vancouver Island. Open ocean, rugged coast, protected anchorages. North of Estevan Point (north of Clayquot Sound) is especially beautiful and uncrowded (with good salmon fishing).  [We could change our mind, however, depending on our tolerance by July for fog, cool weather, and isolation, as well as our hankering to get home to the mountains (Whistler) for hiking and backpacking.]
Of course, as our experiences with past cruises have proven (including Mexico), our plans are indeed written in the sand at low tide -- they could change.

Rescue Bay: a favourite B.C. Central Coast anchorage

* We've not been real successful fishing (for salmon) -- the central BC coast is the only place we've caught salmon -- so we need all the help we can get.


  1. I would love to be planning a summer cruise right now! We usually get several weeks to go out, but this year we probably won't. ugh. I will live vicariously through your blog until Mike cuts his ties to Boeing. Soon! Soon!

    1. Totally understand. During our Summer of 2013 preparing for leaving for Mexico at the end of August 2013, we only made short trips to the Gulf Islands. There just seemed to be soooo many projects to complete.

      Do try to get out (at least for short trips) to relieve pressure and to reinforce why you're doing all this work.

      We'll (well, mostly David) be posting where we are/have been fairly regularly while cruising. Certainly short posts via HAM (or Sailmail) email. Photos require real internet access.

  2. We might be making a run to Chatterbox Falls before we head up to the Central and North Coast of BC -- we'll keep an eye out for you! Have a great season!

    Cheers, Stephanie

    1. We'll also keep any eye out for you!

      By the way, your blog is great!