Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

2009: Departure for Haida Gwaii

26 June 2009
Photo: Map of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)

Our 2009 journey north is to the Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago located on the very edge of the continental shelf, north of Vancouver Island.

Tell an American that you're sailing to the Queen Charlotte Islands and we often hear, "Where are they?" Tell a Canadian, and they'll look wistful and say, "I've always wanted to go there."

Although the name on the chart is the Queen Charlotte Islands, Canadians now call the islands Haida Gwaii, land of the Haida in Haida, (the once warlike and still very artistic tribe that lives there.) The site of the Gwaii Haanas National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sgun Gwaii, people go there to see old totem poles, wildlife, sea life, and moss-draped forests of cedar and spruce. The islands' distance from civilization and the permit that's required by the Canadian Park Service ensures deserted anchorages and a true wilderness experience.

We plan to go north up east side of Vancouver Island, then around Cape Caution to the Inside Passage. Somewhere north of Bella Bella, depending on the weather, we'll turn west and head across Hecate Strait, approximately 60 miles, to reach the islands.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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