Fun Boating Day Trip to Desolation Sound BC

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One of the main reasons for summering on Vancouver Island, other than being close to family and friends, is the tremendous boating opportunities. I have to admit I’m not that big into boating but for my wife Anne it is a life long passion. She absolutely loves being on the water.

Usually once or twice a year though I will get a hankering for a little day excursion out there. I’ve always heard how beautiful a place called Desolation Sound was so decided one warm summer day to have Anne take me over for a tour.

End of a fine day on the water

Anne owns a little 17.5 foot Arima Sea Chaser. With its 90 horsepower motor, it does about 20 knots so it didn’t’ take too long to get from our RV Parks location in Campbell River BC over to Desolation Sound. After maybe an hour’s time we were in the heart of the Sound.

Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada and is located approximately 150 km north of Vancouver. This provincial marine park, which is about 84 km² in size is only accessible by boat. It is distinguished by its many picturesque sheltered coves and anchorages and is frequented by yachts and pleasure craft. The scenery consists of waterfalls, rugged glaciated peaks, and their steep forested slopes that fall into the ocean. –

Our first stop was for lunch at the funky little port of Refuge Cove. It’s a supply hub for all the summer boaters enjoying these waters. We docked the boat and enjoyed a nice hamburger lunch at a little dockside bistro while watching all the comings and goings at the tiny little marina.

Campbell River to Refuge Cove

Next we motored deeper into the Desolation Sound to explore a very popular anchorage in the Desolation Sound Provincial Park called Prideaux Haven. The place was chock-full of boats enjoying the sunshine, calm warm waters and stunning scenery.

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the calm waters of the area before heading back home. What a nice way to spend a day!

Video Highlights of our Desolation Sound Visit

Desolation Sound Trip Photo Gallery

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