August 9-18, 2017
A fraction of the appeal of Desolation Sound is right in its name. Leaving normal life behind and heading into the wilderness is one of the greatest pleasures of sailing trips, and Desolation Sound delivers escapism aplenty. Most of the area is a protected provincial marine park, and even if it wasn't there still would not be any road access... the rugged coastal mountains have prevented any attempts at paving over this paradise!
The stunning deep water sound offers countless hidden anchorages, plenty of wildlife, and in the summer is known for having the warmest water north of Mexico! Come see why Desolation Sound is truly a world class cruising destination.
August 9-18, 2017
Maximum of 4 spots available.
This cruise is open to ages 19 and up. We offer a 20% discount for ages 19-25. Please contact us for this pricing.
5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers.
Included in Registration
10 days of sailing the beautiful waters of Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast starting from Nanaimo and finishing in West Vancouver.
9 nights accommodation with food and drink from dinner the first day to lunch the last day, with the exception of one dinner that we will enjoy at a restaurant on shore. You are responsible for your own costs on shore, which can include the option of renting kayaks for part of the trip. Please let us know if you're interested in this option so we can reserve kayaks for you ahead of time!
Check this section of our FAQs for what else is included and not included.
*Note that this is a sample itinerary, not set in stone as conditions will dictate where we are able to sail during the trip. Rest assured that no matter which way the wind blows, we will have an equally fantastic time exploring Desolation Sound!
Day 1: Nanaimo to Newcastle Island
We will rendezvous in Nanaimo Harbour in the late afternoon and get settled in on board while we hop over to Newcastle Island for our first night. Newcastle offers excellent trails for an evening stroll, a rich cultural history presented in many displays dotted around the island, and possible sightings of the locally famous 'champagne racoons'.
Day 2: Newcastle to Blind Bay, Hardy Island
By starting in Nanaimo, we can have a fantastic sail reaching across the Salish Sea on the prevailing northwesterly breeze. This helps us make great progress up the Sunshine Coast towards Desolation Sound, and gives us the chance to enjoy a stop over in Blind Bay. Nestled between Hardy Island and Nelson Island, Blind Bay has great swimming and a protected anchorage to enjoy the sunset.
Day 3: Nelson Island to Lund
Working our way up Malaspina Strait past Texada and Savary Island is our last leg before getting into Desolation Sound itself. We'll spend one last night in civilization before heading into the wilderness. Not only will Lund provide opportunities for on shore showers and dinner at the pub, but guests will also have the choice to rent kayaks from a local operator for use in the Sound (highly recommended!).
Day 4: Lund to Tenedos Bay
And we're IN! A quick turn around the corner past Lund and we're officially in Desolation Sound, one of the best cruising destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Our first stop will be Tenedos Bay where we can test out the fabled warm waters of the area, take the kayaks for a spin or hike to nearby Unwin Lake for the novelty of a fresh water dip.
Day 5: Tenedos Bay to Prideaux Haven
By far our shortest day of sailing, we'll head over to Prideaux Haven for more swimming, kayaking and hiking... and enjoying the most picturesque and popular of the anchorages in the whole of Desolation Sound. Walking the trail blazed by two early 1900s homesteaders, it's easy to get inspired by the thought of the challenge and adventure that would have been every day life living in this remote area a century ago.
Day 6: Prideaux Haven to Walsh Cove, West Redonda Island
After a relaxing day in Prideaux Haven, we'll stretch our metaphorical legs and cruise up spectacular Homfray Channel. One of the deepest sounds in North America and flanked by towering mountains, the scenery on today's sail breathtaking. We'll round the northern end of East Redonda Island and squeeze through between East and West Redonda Island to reach Walsh Cove. Here is another great reason to put kayaks to use in exploring the shoreline where some of the best pictographs in the area can be seen.
Day 7: Walsh Cove to Powell River
Wrenching ourselves out of the tranquility of Desolation Sound, we begin our trip back towards civilization. We'll sail down Waddington Channel between East and West Redonda Islands before a quick stop in Lund to return our kayaks. Carrying on down the Sunshine Coast we'll stop in Powell River for the night. The shock of setting foot in a bustling town will be eased by the first possibility of on shore showers in several days!
Day 8: Powell River to Smuggler’s Cove
It is perfectly acceptable to regress every once in a while, so we'll sail away from the bright lights of Powell River, down the Malaspina Strait and sneak into Smuggler's Cove. This favourite anchorage not only offers a perfect excuse to talk like a pirate for a few hours, but also gives us a chance to spot one of Canada's most iconic (and most unlikely to be seen on a sailing trip!) creature: the beaver. These crafty little fresh water engineers have set up a home for themselves on shore within Smuggler's Cove Marine Park and if we're lucky we might catch a glimpse of them.
Day 9: Smuggler’s Cove to Plumper Cove, Keats Island
Bidding the beavers goodbye, we'll sail down to the tip of the Sunshine coast and spend the evening in peaceful Plumper Cove on Keats Island. We can have the option to pay a visit to the village of Gibsons or to explore ashore on Keats Island to finish off our last full day on board.
Day 10: Plumper Cove to West Vancouver
Sailing across the mouth of Howe Sound, our final leg home is complete with gorgeous scenery and more often than not, great sailing conditions.
What to Bring & What to Expect?
Make sure you read through our main Cruising Adventures page here so you have a sense of what our trips are like.
Please check the required and recommended items listed for live-aboard sailing, as well as reviewing the section on what to expect life to be like on board. Find both on our FAQ page here.
Our Desolation Sound Cruise starts in Nanaimo Harbour and ends at our home port in West Vancouver, accessible by car, public transit and bicycle.