By Amanda Spottiswoode

This cozy corner of Desolation Sound has much to offer the shoreside explorer.

Much has been written about the sublime cruising destination of Desolation Sound. Once you pass Lund and the incredible expanse of snow-capped mountains opens up, even the most jaded must surely gasp in awe at the vista of islands, peaks and sparkling ocean. The choice of anchorages is extensive and all offer something special to make them a cruiser’s favourite.

For us, Grace Harbour tops the list. This part of Desolation Sound Marine Park really does have it all. It is completely enclosed and protected, so the weather can be howling out in the sound, but inside the harbour it is cozy and calm. Then there is the beautiful walk through the woods to a small lake perfect for a summer’s day dip. Although much of the lake has marshy edges, in one spot there is a handy rock ledge to drop into the lake without getting muddy, and beside that spot a mossy area to dry off in the sun. We have seen wolf scat and evidence of bears here. 

Last, but definitely not least, there is a living museum to be found in the bush. Evidence of the logging activity of many decades ago lies slowly rusting away. Cables, engines, pulleys and bits that defy interpretation were just left where they were when the logging companies moved on. There is even an improvised shower where the stream from the lake drops into the cove.

If you visit Grace Harbour with more people than your boat can accommodate, there is a lovely campground beside the dinghy landing. We were there in mid-summer and my daughter and son-in-law were the only campers.

And once you have made it to Grace Harbour, calm and pristine Theodosia Inlet is just round the corner. Two for the price of one!

The author was taught to sail by the Royal Navy on the River Thames and has been a keen sailor ever since. She is co-owner of South Islander, a 34’ wooden sloop, and has cruised the BC coast with her husband and dogs since 1998. In 2013 she published South Islander – Memoirs of a Cruising Dog, an illustrated book about their adventures. Visit southislander.ca to purchase a copy of the book.

Photo Captions:

Photo 1 - South Islander shares Grace Harbour with one other boat.

Photo 2 - The author with some of the harbour’s abandoned logging equipment.

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

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You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

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