By now we are tired of the Shearwater area as it’s noisy and busy so we head off towards Ocean Falls once again to fill our water tanks. Unfortunately the water in Shearwater has a terrible taste and Bella Bella has low reserves so the trip back will cost us 3 days travel time. Luckily we get dock space, stay the night and head off in the AM. Last January they had a large slide just a short walk from the marina. To think anytime, anywhere along the coast trees and rocks could come sliding down unsuspectingly.

Slide in Ocean Falls occurred last January

Slide in Ocean Falls occurred last January

In Cousins Inlet Nick spots a logging operation on the shore so we detour in to have a closer look.

Logging in Cousins Inlet

Logging in Cousins Inlet

We have in mind a lovely one boat anchorage just around Johnson Channel but Alas! Not to be as another sailboat ‘White Raven’, whom we met in Ocean Falls beats us there! Oh well….on to the next stop which turns out to be just outside Troup Narrows. Inside the bay are 5 large powerboats! The next day (as we are still yearning for a quiet place) we sail into Yeo Island and find the perfect little spot! Peace at last! But only for a night as we are on route to Prince Rupert and have a long way to go! After a long very wet day we finally anchor in Clothes Bay, just outside Klemtu, a small native village. Luckily they have fuel and a store so while Nick fuels up I ran up to the store for a few goodies. We depart and pass by the huge BC ferry terminal, with the Northern Expedition just arriving.

BC Ferry Terminal in Klemtu

BC Ferry Terminal in Klemtu

BC Ferry 'Northern Expedition' entering Klemtu terminal

BC Ferry ‘Northern Expedition’ entering Klemtu terminal

After timing slack water Meyers Passage, going through several kelp beds (much to the angst of captain and crew as this type of kelp can wrap around a prop and disable steerage). On past journeys through this passage there has been a channel through the kelp but not this time. Luckily we made it through unharmed and about an hour later were safely anchored for the night in a tiny, one-boat cove.

Our sailing friends, Michel & Frances (aboard ‘Paxx’ and currently in Haida Guaii) told us about a couple who live at the north end of Artistazabal Island in a float home about 10 months of the year. So we were looking forward to going into Borrowman Bay to meet Jeanne and Rick Beaver. We also had never been to the outside of Artistazabal Island and are always up for a new adventure. We had a nice journey up Laredo Channel with a cruise ship, the Noordam of Holland America Lines passing us by.

Holland America cruise ship Noordam on route to Alaska via Loredo Channel

Holland America cruise ship Noordam on route to Alaska via Loredo Channel

Once around the top of the island we had a number of Doll Porpoises play around the boat. We also saw numerous green fishing charter boats which came from the North King Lodge located in front of the Beaver’s float home in Borrowman Bay.

North King Fishing Lodge in Borrowman Bay, Aristazabal Island

North King Fishing Lodge in Borrowman Bay, Aristazabal Island

Jeanne and Rick's float home with their sailboat moored in front. They manage to bring all their supplies for months on their boat from Kitimat. They even brought their wood-burning stove and all their glass windows for their home!

Jeanne and Rick’s float home with their sailboat moored in front. They manage to bring all their supplies for months on their boat from Kitimat. They even brought their wood-burning stove and all their glass windows for their home!

We spent a couple nights anchored in Tate Bay (nearby) and enjoyed the company and stories that Rick and Jeanne shared. They build the float home from logs found on shore and using items found from their extensive beachcombing (such as Styrofoam used for their house floatation, etc. and many glass balls!). The bay is full of flotsam and so is their house! A few years ago they found a Japanese fishing boat and were featured on CBC’s The Fifth Estate. Here’s a links to the story. Jeanne meets boat owner

Leaving Tate Bay we headed out to Campania Sound, sail up and enjoying a light southerly wind and gentle swells. Our anchorage that night, which we shared with a small commercial fishing vessel, was on Trutch Island. The next day we were again delighted to see many humpback whales and doll porpoises. Although we heard on the VHF radio that there was a pod of orca (4 males, 3 females and a calf) in the area we didn’t catch sight of them. Many of you may have heard about the orca who was ‘beached’ on the rocks and saved by people putting wet blankets on her until high tide could sweep her to sea. That occurred very near where we were traveling a couple weeks ago. Orca saved

There were only 2 boats travelling south and a tug and barge that we encountered all day until we turned the corner into Petral Channel and a Canadian Coast Guard ship was anchored. Very quiet on the waters…finally!

Humpback whales in Campania Sound

Humpback whales in Campania Sound

Our Oregon friends aboard their sailboat ‘Absolute’ hailed us the next day and we caught up to them in Kelp Passage anchorage to spend a delightful evening enjoying Barr’s ham and pea soup and swapping stories and favorite anchorages since we saw them 3 weeks ago. This is our last meeting as they are south-bound now.

Onward to Prince Rupert to stock up, fuel up, etc…..a busy next couple days in port!

So happy that the sun is shining today (August 1st) in Prince Rupert! Even though we are both busy with chores we are happily doing them while also enjoying the weather and airing out our boat!

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A colorful decorated fence along the waterfront park in Prince Rupert

B&B close to the Prince Rupert Rowing & Yacht Club where we are moored for 2 nights.

B&B close to the Prince Rupert Rowing & Yacht Club where we are moored for 2 nights.

Shops in Cow Bay

Shops in Cow Bay

Prince Rupert Harbour

Prince Rupert Harbour

Freighter waiting outside Prince Rupert Harbour. There is a large grain terminal as well as a coal terminal here. KYAN II is the sailboat at the marina docked among local recreational fishing boats

Freighter waiting outside Prince Rupert Harbour. There is a large grain terminal as well as a coal terminal here. KYAN II is the sailboat at the marina docked among local recreational fishing boats