Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Willie's Geography; read at your own level of boredom -- Summer 2014

Besides my love of trees, flowers and rock, I love geography, history and topo maps and this trip affords my indulgence.  There is so much to see and learn.  I think back to the Strait of Georgia after leaving the San Juan Islands, to its west is the east coast of Vancouver and has Victoria, Sidney, Butchart Gardens, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Pirates Cove and Nanimo.

Then Salt Spring Island and Ganges, North and South Pender Islands with Bedwell Harbour or Poets Cove, then Galiano Island with Montague.

The Strait is bordered on the east by the west coast of the Canadian mainland, British Columbia.  Some points of the Sunshine Coast are Howe Sound and Sechelt Inlet, which includes Secret Cove, Pender Harbour and Egmont.  

At Jervis Inlet there is Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls, then Malaspina Strait takes us to the Copeland Islands, where Desolation Sound begins.

At the widest part of the Strait Texada Island is found opposite Hotham Sound and Agamemnon Channel.   At Desolation Sound on the east and Campbell River on the west, the Strait of Georgia narrows into Discovery Passage, then into Johnstone Strait at its most narrow.   Here are Stuart Island and the nearby Yuculta, Gillard, Dent, Greenpoint and Whirlpool Rapids.

At Sunderland Channel, Johnstone Strait widens as it leads us to The Broughtons, which is on our bucket list this summer.  Included in the archipelago are Port Harvey, Lagoon Cove, Kwatsi  Bay, Pierre's Echo Bay, Shawl Bay, Sullivan Bay, Jennis Bay and Monk's Wall.  All are among islands off the west coast of BC.

The body of water found to the west is Queen Charlotte Strait, bordered on its west by the north east coast of Vancouver Island.  Most notable are Telegraph Cove, Weynton Passage, Broughton Strait, Alert Bay and Port McNeill.
Lastly on Queen Charlotte Strait are Port Hardy at the northern end,  Beaver Harbour, and Bear Cove.

If you go farther (Anne did) you are in Queen Charlotte Sound, with Cape Caution on the BC coast.  

New Vancouver Marina on Harbledown Island

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Summer of 2014

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