July 1 Raft Cove to Winter Harbour
This is Canada Day. It is the time to mount our flags. Gale force winds predicted again today. We set off early with the winds at our back but far away from the rocks along the shore. We are out of the strong winds until we pass Lippy Point and the wind come across Grant Bay. Here we contend with the wind, the swells and tidal rips as we head for shelter behind Cape Parkins. An Orca leaps in front of us and pass by into Grant Bay. After quite a struggle we get into the protection of the inlet and have a breach and lunch in a cove behind an island.
June 28 Nels Bight to Experimental Bight and Guise Bay
The weather was not improving and we thought that getting around Cape Scott was not going to be possible in the next few days. We slept in and looked alternatives. The group from Vernon was leaving this morning and we proceeded them down the trail to check out the option of portaging to Hanson’s Lagoon. Although unburdened it was not a difficult walk it would be a very difficult task to get our kayaks and gear down the trail to the lagoon.
June 29 Guise Bay to San Joseph Bay
It is a wet morning with mists and due and we head off in light surf across Guise Bay. The seas are rolling but the winds are low as we head south with the wind and tide. The breakers crash along the shore as we pass well out from the rocks. We give the island a wide berth as we pass into San Joseph bay. The winds have picked up making paddling a difficult task. The sea otter along our route wave as we pass.
June 30 San Joseph Bay to Raft Cove
We dither all early as the forecast is for gale force winds again. We get coffee and tea with breakfast. It is such a beautiful day we pack up and set off. We have a good start but the winds pick up, the breaker crash with the only benefit that the wind is at our backs and the tides drag us south. We find a route into the beach watching closely all the breakers crashing around us. Landing here at Raft Cove does not look good. There are people on the beach. This is where the couple from New York ran into difficulty. We explore the beach from the river mouth to the left (north) side. There are three breaking wave all along the shore. After examining the beach for some time Art notices a break in the rocks to our left. Here threw a narrow channel is a well protected section of the beach. We have any easy landing with no surf. This section provides a location to land at all but the lowest tide levels.