Friday, July 29, 2011

Overnighter to Cortes Bay

Finding a nice day to take our new Bayliner 3058 out has been difficult this summer. But this week, we had two days with sunny skies and calm winds. Our first stop was Lund for fuel (in 2009 we had summer moorage there). Their dock can be a challenge with winds off the strait and lots of boats, but the dock hand handled things nicely. He also said he helped make the flagpole's eagle masthead in a class at school.

Lund is a popular stop for boaters heading to Desolation Sound and points north. In addition to fuel, Lund has the Historic Hotel including a restaurant, a small grocery (with lots of supplies boaters need and want), Nancy's Bakery (very popular with locals and visitors alike), and a few other establishments.

We cruised outside the scenic Copeland Islands and headed straight for Cortes Bay on the south side of Cortes Island. By Coastal BC standards, it isn't very remote (the Seattle and Vancouver Royal Yacht Clubs have fancy outstations here), it is a very protected harbour with plenty of space for anchoring. You will find boats from the most basic to the most ornate within the bay's protective arms.

The bottom is a mix of sand and mud, not the best for holding in a strong blow, but none was forecast. Even so, I had my obligatory dragging anchor dream that night. But I didn't let it "Boggle" my mind and enjoyed every bit of July sunshine.

Heading to British Columbia with a boat this year? Take some time to explore Cortes Island. In fact, the July 2011 issue of Pacific Yachting magazine has a feature article all about it. -- Margy


  1. Love those colorful flags against the pretty sky!

  2. I could use a short cruise to soothe my soul. Thanks for taking me along. (Oh, you didn't know you had a stowaway?)


    When planets plummet
    And comets careen,
    It’s the strangest sight
    You ever have seen.

    When drunk stars stagger
    And comets collide,
    It’s time to look up
    As you go outside

    To stare at the sky
    Where the strangest sight
    Is the moon-faced thing
    That you see at night.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Menacing Sky

  3. That looks like a fantastic place to go yachting. Happy Sky Watch!

  4. Haven't thought about Pacific Yachting magazine for a while, Margy. Did think about the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club last month when my friend Judith and I were cruising the city for her farewell to her home town before retiring to England. We went past Royal Van in the park and later in Point Grey.
    Love your photos of Lund and your cruise to Cortes Island. Beautiful.

    —Kay, Alberta, Canada

  5. We returned a couple of weeks ago from a cruise to Alaska with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. One brief night in Victoria, B.C. was, unfortunately, all we had in B.C. Would love to go back! What an amazing lifestyle you have!


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