Circumnavigating Vancouver Island 2024

Back in 2003, we circumnavigated Vancouver Island, capturing wonderful memories. Now in 2024 we hope to re-visit this large island, and create some new memories!

22 May 2024 | Beaver Harbour, BC
19 May 2024 | Port McNeill, BC
18 May 2024 | Lagoon Cove, BC
17 May 2024 | Lagoon Cove, BC
14 May 2024 | Campbell River, BC
13 May 2024 | Denman Island, BC
12 May 2024 | Nanaimo, BC
11 May 2024 | Nanaimo, BC
10 May 2024 | Nanaimo, BC
08 May 2024 | Nanaimo, BC
06 May 2024 | Prevost Island, BC
05 May 2024 | Sidney Spit, BC
04 May 2024 | Victoria, BC
03 May 2024 | Victoria, BC
01 May 2024 | Astoria, Oregon
21 August 2022 | Portland, Oregon
19 August 2022 | Tongue Point, Astoria, Oregon
14 August 2022 | Friday Harbor, WA
10 August 2022 | Todd Inlet, BC, Canada
08 August 2022 | Lesqueti Island, BC, Canada

A Tougher Day

22 May 2024 | Beaver Harbour, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny with NW20 plus winds
Starting early, we left Port McNeil for points north. But as we transited into Queen Charlotte Strait the expected light winds deteriorated into strong winds against an outflowing ebb current creating a heavy sea state. We pulled into an anchorage behind some islands just short of Port Hardy. It turned out to be a sunny day at anchor for playing Scrabble, planning for tomorrow's continuance to Bull Harbor 25 miles away, and reviewing our attempt on rounding Cape Scott on Saturday. Our faith in the Predict Weather App was jarred this morning, and we hope as we get close to Saturday that their prediction will be accurate.
Sue's beef stew was fantastic as always. Leftovers for a few days of rough weather!

Port McNeill

19 May 2024 | Port McNeill, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny and windy!!
The last refueling, reprovisioning, watering, garbage disposal, laundering, restauranting, propane filling, and marine supplying before moving to the West Coast of Vancouver Island around Cape Scott. More reading, weather forecasting, and planning takes place to make the timing of our transit a reality. We will move from Port McNeill to Bull Harbour on Wednesday, May 22nd. We will make our move around Cape Scott on either Friday, May 24th or Saturday, May 25th. It all depends on the strength and direction of the winds. Our friends David and Janet on sv Faneuil will be catching up with us in the next several days. We will buddy-boat down the West Coast with them.

Lagoon Cove

18 May 2024 | Lagoon Cove, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny
One of our favorite stops is Lagoon Cove Marina. We spent two nights, walked on local trails, and became fascinated at their mechanical totem. The Staff was inviting, we caught two keeper dungeness crabs, and loved our discussions with the seven boat owners that were headed either towards Alaska or the Antarctic!!

Tug and Barges on Johnstone Strait

17 May 2024 | Lagoon Cove, BC
George Stonecliffe | Blustery!
While high winds have hampered our movement up Johnstone Strait, tug and barges seem to weather the storm. Somehow commercial traffic has a calming influence, knowing that the professionals are safely handling the conditions. Winds have been NW 20-25 causing heavy seas. We anchored at Blenkinsop Bay, but as the wind shifted, we started to feel the waves come into the Bay. Looking at weather predicters, we felt we should try to leave early (5am/first light). But as we reached the main waters of Johnstone Strait, everything was already built up. We went two miles before turning into Port Neville where we anchored, and slept a few hours in calm waters. But antsy feet, made us get up and leave when the flooding tidal current dropped the seas. Tonight we are at Lagoon Cove Marina :)

Comox Air Show

14 May 2024 | Campbell River, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny, Light winds
As we were heading north to Campbell River, we were pleasantly surprised to see the Canadian Air Force 'Snow Birds' practicing out of the Comox air field for the Comox Air Show which runs May 18-19th. We were just off shore in 'Julia Max' idling by as we watched their maneuvers for about an hour. What an unexpected treat to take in, and were they good!

Denman Island Anchor Spot

13 May 2024 | Denman Island, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny, Light winds
After 9-1/2 hours motoring and sailing from Nanaimo, we settled in the Denman Island anchorage. Our new windlass had its first trial, and won hands down. Sue served her award winning meat loaf for dinner. And we settled in for an early morning run to Campbell River on Tuesday, May 14th.
In our passage we passed the Denman Island Canadian Coast Guard Station with its telltale white buildings with red roofs.
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: The summer of 2024 will be spent heading north from Portland, OR to British Columbia, Canada; circumnavigating Vancouver Island, visiting Princess Louisa Inlet, and hopefully staying smoke free!
Julia Max's Photos - Pacific NW 2011
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Duncan, BC has a Totem Trail in the old downtown with 30+ Totems to enjoy!
Duncan, BC has a Totem Trail in the old downtown with 30+ Totems to enjoy!
Added 3 June 2011