Desolation Sound & the Discovery Islands – Jan, 2011
This new edition contains substantially updated information and photographs including 12 new and 25 amended charts.
Highlights: Comox Harbour & Town, Ford Cove, Hornby Island, Lund, Copeland Islands Marine Park, Gorge Harbour Marina & Resort, and Stuart Island Community Dock, Big Bay.
First Edition – published in 2000. We strongly recommend obtaining the Revised Third Edition
Second Edition – published in 2006.
New Third Edition –published in January 2011.
The following updates highlight a number of major changes between the Second and Third Editions:
Town of Comox, Vancouver Island - 2.2 Pg. 15
In 2010 the Edgewater Pub, adjacent to Comox Bay Marina, burnt down. The site will be used for the development of a hotel, pub and restaurant. The Harbour Authority public wharf has expanded its visitor moorage on the east-side docks.
Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island – 3.2 Pg. 30
The red SS Brico, a cable laying ship, rested here for many years and was enjoyed as a restaurant. Sadly it was cut up and removed for scrap. The public wharf is used extensively by the local oyster farmers.
Ford Cove, Hornby Island – 3.4 Pg. 32
Hornby Island’s only all-weather anchorage when a “Qualicum” wind springs up in nearby Tribune Bay. The public wharf has been upgraded, and a new floating breakwater provides moorage for summer visitors. A great family stop-off for fish & chips or hamburgers.
Sturt Bay, Northern Texada Island - 4.2 Pg. 42
The best anchorage and moorage option on northern Texada. Anchorage is prohibited in Caesar Cove opposite the marina visitor float as anchor cables foul the bottom. A fun, family destination with a hike to the delightful old quarry swim-hole via a logging road and Blubber Bay Road.
Revision to Chart
Beach Gardens Marina & Resort – 4.3 Pg. 43
South of Powell River and west of Grief Point, the marina comes in handy for fuel, and shelter in a NW or SE blow. The resort has upgraded its facilities and added a cold beer & wine store. The spacious restaurant & pub deck affords expansive views out to Malaspina Strait and is well worth the stop.
Lund, Malaspina Peninsula – 5.1 Pg. 48
A new, staggered floating breakwater was installed in the fall of 2010, increasing visitor moorage. A pump-out station has been added. The rock that was just north of the port hand buoy was removed, however due to the shallow water, the buoy has been left in place.
Copeland Islands Marine Park – 5.2 Pg. 50
In the summer of 2010 we spent 3 days re-exploring this string of islands and found some additional, unexpected anchorages. The channel between the two middle Islands makes a great 2-3 boat spot and the perpetually strong NW current keeps the boat steady
Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island – 6.3 Pg. 78
Gorge Harbour still affords fine anchorage. Gorge Harbour Marina and Resort has been tastefully renovated and upgraded. The grounds are artistically landscaped and a pool and fireside patio have been added – the charming Floathouse Restaurant remains.
Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island - 6.10 Pg.89
Squirrel Cove has not changed, however it’s fast becoming one of the most popular anchorages, so it has been redrawn to clearly show the anchoring opportunities. There are 3 hikes to Von Donop Inlet and Lagoon, and a new insert clearly shows the trails.
“Leask Cove,” Fawn Bluff, Bute Inlet – 8.4 Page. 112
“Leask Cove” just south of Fawn Bluff was a good overnight stop before attempting Bute Inlet the next day. Sadly a private dock and buoys now take up most of the cove. However, with a bit of care, it is still possible to anchor with a stern line to shore.
Stuart Island Community Dock, Big Bay – 9.1 Pg.118
With the demise of the Big Bay Marina and fuel dock, the Stuart Island community banded together to reinvigorate the old public wharf. Up from the dock are excellent laundry facilities, a general store with a post office, B.C. Liquor Store outlet, showers and a fine deck to rendezvous or observe the wildlife and boating traffic.
Dent Island Lodge & Marina, Cordero Channel – 9.2 Pg. 120
The marina configuration has been re-designed to allow larger yachts easier access. The lodge offers laid-back luxury and excellent West Coast cuisine. Most boaters are unaware of a good (small) anchorage that runs along the Dent Island side, SE of the marina.
Surge Narrows Public Wharf, Read Island – 11.4 Pg. 145
Sadly the historic Surge Narrows Store has closed its doors for business, so no stopping for an ice cream while waiting for slack water in Beazley Passage. We have added a one boat anchorage in the bight just north of the public wharf - good shelter in a SE blow, but open to the west.
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina, Quadra Island – 13.5 Pg. 174
The new floating breakwater adds moorage and protection to the public wharf, west of the marina. This is a convenient stop for fuel, provisioning and enjoying the inn’s green lawns and patio restaurant. The marina’s outer float gets a little bumpy in a strong NW blow.
Revision to Chart
Drew Harbour & Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Quadra Island – 13.8 Pg. 178
The Taku Resort has upgraded its marina and the designated dinghy dock provides a place to tie up while provision at the supermarket, a short walk from the resort. Rebecca Spit is a Dreamspeaker favourite and when in the area, our ritual is to end the season tucked into the NW tip.
Revision to Chart