Log #61m To Quadra and Cortes Islands Part 2

October 3, 2016 in Logs by Series, Series 61, The Logs

Hi Folks,

Hopefully here is Part 2. Pardon any mistakes in spelling, etc. as I have to go through a million steps to separate this into two parts, and send to two different E-mail lists, with a covering letter explaining what is happening. AAaarrgghh!!

This Part 2 gets us into Campbell River after meeting up with friends Russ and Lynne, which should have been in Part 1 hopefully.

I hope this goes through OK.



Log #61m Part 2

On our way back to Veleda we noticed a computer repair shop, and stopped in to ask if they could do anything about my deleted pictures from the camera. As we had not used the camera since, they asked me to bring in the chip (SD card) next day and they might be able to retrieve the deleted pictures. They were able to do so!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Incidentally, I noted we paid only $50.00 for the service, but would have to have paid $150.00 for a similar retrieval at Best Buy where we bought our new computer.


Before leaving Campbell River I bought some used DVD’s and a steel for sharpening knives at a second hand harware dealership that has used boat parts, kitchen utensils, books, fishing gear, and miscellaneous hardware items. I like browsing through such second hand shops, as I never know what items may show up that I might have a use for. Before returning to Veleda we stopped at our favourite Vietnamese restaurant to get some salad rolls to take back to the boat for lunch on the way to Heriot Bay Marina to meet with Russ and Lynne and their B.C. friends for supper.


We like Campbell River as it is a good size community with good services, stores , marinas, First Nations enterprises, fishing, lumbering and situated beneath picturesque snow clad mountains.

Many First Nations Totems around Campbell River




Mountains behind Campbell River


Heriot Bay Marina was as expensive as Discovery Marina at $1.50 per foot, and the docks were small wobbly floats with insufficient space for boats on the inner ends to get out without having the outer boats move out first. The Heriot Bay Inn was quite nice, but the service was a bit slow. We had a good time after supper in Veleda’s cockpit reminiscing old sailing stories. It was good to see Russ and Lynne again.


From Quadra we decided to do a circumnavigation of Cortes Island, heading over to Quartz Bay for a lunch anchorage, then around to Lagoon Cove in the two mile long Von Donop Inlet. We dropped the dinghy in the water and went further up into Buccaneer Cove which was more secluded and scenic, and could accommodate Veleda. On our return we weighed anchor and re-anchored in Buccaneer Cove ( 50 09.261N, 124 56.998W ) for two days.


In dinghying around I saw a small cove that had a wide batch of sea asparagus, and so landed and picked a small pailful. It is a crisp salty green that can serve a multitude of gastronomic delights, including chopped up in a risoto, green and tuna salads, macaroni and cheese, soups and stews. Mmmm!


Sea Asparagus


In the same cove I saw a deer that was not frightened of my presence and posed brazenly for me to take its picture. A beautiful animal!


Deer posing for me

(Note the Sea Asparagus behind it)


From Von Donop we went up Sutil Channel around the northern tip of Cortes and down Lewis Channel between Cortes and West Redonda Island. I wanted to see the 30 foot rushing falls noted in the Desolation Sound area and so we motored up into Teakerne Arm on West Redonda to see it.


Waterfalls in Teakerne Arm




We weren’t energetic enough to anchor and dinghy to the dinghy dock and climb up beside it to Cassel Lake which empities over the falls. The last time I was there I was in command of one of the YAG patrol boats one summer in the late 1960’s and then I did have the energy to clamber up to the lake. After satisfying myself it was still there we came back out the arm and headed on down to Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island.


We found the inner bay full of pleasure boats, and to get out of the crowd we anchored in a shallow cove on the north side (50 08.213N, 124 55.521W). Unfortunately in the morning when we weighed anchor we grounded on a rock. We tried forward and reverse to get off, but found the rock was shallow on all sides. No one came over to assist. We could have kedged ourselves off by taking an anchor out and heeling the boat off, but we did not know where deeper water was. Fortunately the tide was rising, and so we waited 25 minutes for the tide to lift us off.


We were now headed down the coast of the mainland for a 25 mile passage to Powell River.

From Johnstone Strait to Cortes Island