Desolation Sound Cruising Guide


Chatterbox Falls

The Dream Cruise

Two Week Sample Itinerary


Desolation Sound route map
  • Day 1 - Bedwell Harbor. Clear Customs on South Pender Island after a sail across Bellingham Bay and up Hale Pass; perhaps lunch at Sucia. (33 NM)
  • Day 2 - Nanaimo. Northwest up Trincomali Channel, through the Gulf Islands; pass Dodd Narrows at flood or slack tide. (41 NM)
  • Day 3 - Pender Harbor. Across the Strait of Georgia to the mainland, with lunch at mysterious Smuggler's Cove. Overnight at peaceful Pender Harbor. (34 NM)
  • Day 4 - Princess Louisa Inlet. Turn right up Agamemnon Channel, Prince of Wales and Princess Royal Reaches, through the Malibu Rapids. Anchor beneath Chatterbox Falls. (44 NM)
  • Day 5 - Pender Harbor. Back through the magnificent fjords to Pender Harbor. (44 NM)
  • Day 6 - Lund. Texada Island to port and BC's Sunshine Coast to starboard, you run up Malaspina Strait, get fresh shrimp in Westview, and dock at Desolation's door. (36 NM)
  • Day 7 - Squirrel Cove. Wriggle up Thulin Passage with the scenic Copeland Islands cluster to port. Continue north to Refuge Cove, then west to this oyster-laden cove. (13 NM)
  • Day 8 - Tenedos Bay. Get warm cinnamon rolls at the cabin, then sail east. Tuck around the corner of the tiny island and climb the cascading stream to the lake. (7 NM)
  • Day 9 - Prideaux Haven. Zip around the corner, drop anchor in any of the scenic inlets. (5 NM)
  • Day 10 - Blubber Bay. Play on Savary Island's sandy beaches before anchoring in Texada's northern bay. (27 NM)
  • Day 11 - Schooner Cove. Up early to voyage south to this marina on Vancouver Island, cruising west of Texada; lunch in the warm turquoise waters and white sands of Hornby Island. (42 NM)
  • Day 12 - Ganges. Cruise the northern edge of the Gulf Islands; duck through Porlier Pass (on ebb or slack), down the channel, and into this artist town on Saltspring Island. (45 NM)
  • Day 13 - Cypress Island. Back into US waters to clear customs at Friday Harbor, then through the San Juans to a state park buoy on the northeast shore. (43 NM)
  • Day 14 - Bellingham. A short cruise across Bellingham Bay while savoring the memories...until next year! (13 NM)

Desolation Sound Up Close


Desolation Sound close-up map

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Caribbean Learn-n-Cruise: Catamaran or Monohull Spring Guided Flotilla: 10-day Sunshine Coast Spring Guided Flotilla: 21-day Desolation Sound & Princess Louisa Summer Guided Flotilla: 7-day San Juan Islands & Gulf Islands Summer Guided Flotilla: 7-day San Juan Islands & Victoria Late Summer Guided Flotilla: 14-day Victoria, Vancouver, San Juans & Gulf Islands Fall Guided Flotilla: 14-day Desolation Sound
February 2018 May 2 - 11, 2018 May 12 - June 1, 2018 June 23 - 29, 2018 June 30 - July 6, 2018 Aug 25 - Sept 7, 2018 Sept 22 - Oct 5, 2018
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