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Desolation Sound

Boats anchored in Desolation Sound, BC
Desolation Sound Marine Park possesses a magical magnetism that draws boaters and paddlers from distant shores. Most of those who arrive aboard 'stinkpots' 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 more than 37 miles (60 km) of coastline.

Safe anchorages in Desolation Sound Marine Park, at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel, include:

Grace Harbour
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
Thors Cove is outside the Park - with a southeast wind blowing up Okeover Inlet and out Malaspina, this same wind will blow up Lancelot Inlet as a southerly and almost diretly into Thors Cove as a westerly. 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 good protection from the nightime westerly but somewhat exposed to anything from the south or southeast.

Mink Island
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 anchorages in 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 and an information shelter. Kayakers and campers can explore nearby Mink, Curme and Otter Islands.


Pleasure Craft in Desolation Sound, BC
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, birds and waterfowl.

Melanie Cove and Laura Cove are favoured anchorages for boaters, although anchorage is available at a number of locations along the shoreline.

Because of pool tidal circulation, the anchorages of Desolation Sound Marine Park are no-discharge zones; visitors must use holdings tanks or shoreside facilities where available. Boaters should also bring their own drinking water and boil any surface water prior to consumption. The park contains several parcels of private land. Kayakers should note in particular that the land at the head of Portage Cove is private, and there is no access across the Gifford Peninsula at that point.

The pristine waters of Desolation Sound are surrounded by steep evergreen mountains, all teeming with the wildest of wildlife. One of the prime attractions of these waters is their warmth in summer months, which makes them ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The scenery is less severe than many of the other sheer-sided waterways along the central coast, although just as majestic. Snowcapped peaks of the Coast Mountains soar from the tideline to heights of 7,875 feet (2400 m).

Many yachtsmen regard the Desolation Sound area as not only the most beautiful and varied cruising area in BC, but equal to, if not better than any other area in the rest of the world. In the variety of spectacular scenery, warm summer climate, abundance of shelter and anchorages, this area is a microcosm of all that is best about salt water cruising in British Columbia.


Kayakers in Desolation Sound, British Columbia
Photo: Powell River Sea Kayak
Boaters and paddlers will discover an environment nearer in spirit to the protected waters of the southern Strait of Georgia. What Desolation Sound provides that the southern Gulf Islands don't is an astonishing breeding ground for shellfish, principally oysters. Whoever penned the time-honoured expression 'When the tide is out, the table is spread' must have been inspired by these nutrient-rich waters. Camping areas ashore abound, and the forested parkland comprises extensive trails and small lakes.

Campers should follow proper backcountry travel procedures to secure food from animals. There are no garbage facilities within the park. Desolation Sound is a fantastic area for sea kayaking. A virtual absence of development in the 8,256-hectare park area provides visitors with almost total isolation in this protected, wilderness environment. Visitors should be well prepared and self-sufficient.

There are two approaches to Desolation Sound, either from Lund or nearby Okeover Arm Provincial Park at the head of the inlet. A boat ramp is located at each location. Paddlers will find less marine traffic in Okeover Inlet than along the west side of Malaspina Strait. For more information, consult the BC Marine Parks Guide, the official guide to BC's coastal marine parks. Public boat ramps on the northern Sunshine Coast are located at Saltery Bay Provincial Park, at Okeover Arm Provincial Park, and in Lund. Private ramps are located in Powell River.

Location: Desolation Sound is located at the northern end of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, accessed from the tiny hamlet of Lund, the northernmost terminus of Highway 101, which begins 14,880 miles/24,000 km to the south in Chile. Lund is located only 104 miles/166 km north of Vancouver, but it takes over five hours (including two BC Ferry rides) to get there. Further south is Powell River, the largest town on the Sunshine Coast. Desolation Sound can also be accessed by boat from Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island, Heriot Bay on Quadra Island, and from Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island.



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  Coast Mountain Expeditions, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Lodge based multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Discovery Islands, off Central Vancouver Island. We operate in and around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, and mainland inlets. View marine parks, wildlife, BC's highest mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Watch grizzly bears from your kayak, paddle with seals, dolphin, and porpoise. Incredible marine inter-tidal life. No experience necessary. We are Canada's longest operating sea kayak company, now entering our 28th year. Recommended by National Geographic as one of Canada's top places to visit. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!
 
  Ecosummer Expeditions, Clearwater Listing Details 
Ecosummer Expeditions is a world-class leader in Adventure Travel Tours and BC's original sea kayaking outfit since 1976. We specialize in sea kayaking wilderness expeditions, outdoor hiking and backpacking trips, coastal cruises, canoeing, and first nations native culture. We offer guided adventure travel tours and expeditions to Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, Gulf Islands, the Interior BC, and the Great Bear Rainforest, including the Khutzeymateen Valley and Princess Royal Island. Wildlife viewing includes grey whales, orcas, grizzly bears, kermode spirit bears, marine mammals, and rainforest ecology.
 
  Go With The Flow Adventures, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Kayaking tours from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada with Go With The Flow Adventures. Our luxury kayaking tours offer the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. We include gourmet meals with wine, cozy cabin accommodation, hot showers, wood fired cedar hot tub, kayaking equipment, instruction and guiding. No experience necessary. Join us on an journey that washes away the every day!
 
  Island Adventure Centre, Quadra Island Listing Details 
The Island Adventure Centre at the Heriot Bay Inn has great eco adventures departing from Quadra Island: Orca whale watching, kayak day tours, grizzly bear tours, and salmon fishing. Kayak rentals also available. Explore the scenic Inner Coast and the Discovery Islands!
 
  Misty Isles Adventures, Cortes Island Listing Details 
Misty Isles Adventures is Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter and sailing charter vessel offering guided day paddles, kayak mothership trips, kayak instruction and sea kayak rentals. The 43-foot schooner Misty Isles departs Cortes Island for day sailing and sightseeing explorations of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and mainland inlets. Longer multi-day trips are also available.
 
  Mothership Adventures, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Explore our remote coastal wilderness aboard the heritage vessel Columbia III! Join us for exhilarating and unforgettable BC adventure tours that include sea kayaking, eco adventure, natural history, First Nations culture, extraordinary wildlife viewing, photography and painting. Experience sand beaches, stunning fjords, lush estuaries, and exceptional wildlife viewing of whales and bears. Travel in luxury with a certified hospitable crew, qualified guides, gourmet food and comfortable accommodation aboard the luxury Mothership.
 
  Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, Kelowna Listing Details 
Looking for a Vacation Rental? Why spend more and get less with a hotel? We offer privately-owned, condos, apartments, bed and breakfasts, chalets, cottages and cabins throughout British Columbia for rent - nightly, weekly or monthly. Owners set their own competitive rates. Great value and selection.
 
  Sea Kayak in Desolation Sound, Powell River Listing Details 
Powell River Sea Kayak is the premier sea kayak company for Desolation Sound. Located adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park, PR Sea Kayak offers guided day tours, snorkeling, all-inclusive multi-day tours, and a well stocked rental fleet. Launch kayaks from PR Sea Kayak’s waterfront site on Okeover Inlet, once home to the “Cougar Lady”, and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park. For even more destinations, another option is to launch from PR Sea Kayak’s second location in Lund.
 
  Spirit of the West Kayaking, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Join our sea kayaking adventures around Vancouver Island, Canada's coastal kayaking paradise. Kayak with Killer Whales, paddle Desolation Sound, experience the remote north Nootka Sound, or kayak from the comfort of our 95 ft Mothership, the Songhee. Our sea kayaking trips depart from our base on Quadra Island in the BC Discovery Islands. No experience is required for our kayak tours! Our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. Our groups are small, ranging from 8-13 people depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. we provide everything you need to have a great kayaking adventure.
 
  The Breakwater Inn Pub, Lund Listing Details 
Enjoy panoramic ocean views and unforgettable sunsets while enjoying a beverage and snack from our tantalizing menu. Seat yourself outside on our spacious patio, savouring the fresh ocean breeze, or enjoy a game of pool amid our bright, warm decor. Located at the historic waterfront Lund Hotel on the Sunshine Coast, built in 1889.
 
  The Lund Hotel, Lund Listing Details 
Fully restored and perched oceanside on BC's beautiful Sunshine Coast, the c.1905 oceanfront Historic Lund Hotel offers 31 renovated guest rooms ranging from budget friendly to oceanfront boutique style. Features include oceanfront pub, restaurant & decks, marina, shops, and regularly scheduled Desolation Sound Dinner Cruises aboard the 58' ‘Swan Spirit’.
 
  The Restaurant at the Historic Lund, Lund Listing Details 
Most tables in our waterfront restaurant enjoy a panoramic view of Lund Harbour and the ocean beyond. Our talented chef takes advantage of the abundance of fresh local seafood and specializes in both westcoast and international cuisine. Located at the historic waterfront Lund Hotel on the Sunshine Coast, built in 1889.
 
  Wildcoast Adventures Kayak Tours & Vacations, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Wildcoast provides memorable kayak vacations for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food, and abundant wildlife encounters, including whales, dolphins, bears and eagles. Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait, or take one of our kayak expeditions to Desolation Sound or the Discovery Islands. Our top-rated service caters to both local and international clientele. All kayak tours are fully inclusive and no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard and kayak Rentals or Day Tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.
 
  BC Oceanfront: Ed Handja & Shelley McKay, Campbell River Listing Details 
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“BC Oceanfront” - Coast Realty’s Residential and Coastal Experts specializing in selling local residential, recreational, unique oceanfront and commercial real estate throughout Vancouver Island, Discovery Islands, the Outer Islands and the BC Mainland Coast. From homes to small oceanfront recreational lots, lakefront, remote island acreages, private islands and resorts – BCO has the Coast covered!
 
  Bluewater Adventures, Vancouver Listing Details 
Explore BC and Southeast Alaska with Bluewater Adventures aboard our 70' yachts sailing the BC Inside Passage, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Gwaii Haanas National Park, the Great Bear Rainforest, and Vancouver Island. You'll see whales, Grizzly, Black and Kermode bears, and experience ancient native villages and Haida culture, primeval forests, wilderness, and amazing coastal wildlife.
 
  Campbell River Whale Watching, Campbell River Listing Details 
Campbell River Whale Watching invites you to experience some of the most spectacular Orca Killer whale watching and wildlife viewing in the world. You can take a Grizzly Tour, go Orca Whale Watching, see Bald Eagles, and experience the life of seals and sea lions on an adventure tour of a lifetime.
 
  Classic Yacht Charters, Nanaimo Listing Details 
Craving a change from the 'everyday'? Dreaming of running away to sea? Welcome aboard our historical 'Mission Ship'. Design your private voyage into BC's coastal playground. Indulge your interests: fishing, clamming, rowing, kayaking, whale watching... Cruise in comfort and safety with our Coast Guard licensed Captain and crew. Discover how your chef turns meal times into taste extravaganzas.
 
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