Queen Charlotte or Vancouver Island
Posted by: old_user on Mar-11-12 3:18 AM (EST)
I love to paddle in remote, rugged areas, middle-of-nowhere places such as Greenland, Patagonia, Queen Charlotte Islands. I will be in Vancouver in August 2012 and would have some time to paddle in QC Islands (which I have always dreamed about). However, there is no availability, except a mother ship tour (but I hate the concept). So I have two options: (1) Mothership tour in QC or (2) Regular paddling touring the east coast of Vancouver Island (Johnstone Strait). I love paddling and camping so Vancouver Island would be an option but I have already seen the west coast of the islands. How different is QC compared to Vancouver Island? Should I suffer from the inconveniences of a mothership tour so that at least I can paddle there? I live in Europe and will probably never have this opportunity again.
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Posted by: booztalkin on Mar-18-12 11:20 PM (EST)
I have been wanting to paddle that area. I am targeting to make a trip there in late July or early August.
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Posted by: chodups on Mar-20-12 9:41 PM (EST)
Vancouver Is. or Queen Charlottes|
Posted by: alpalmer on Mar-22-12 11:40 PM (EST)
Both are exceptional places. Haida Gwaii was my primary reason for paddling in the Queen Charlottes. Experiencing and seeing the totem poles and village sites was a primary reason for going there. The park is very big and is difficult to see unless one has many days available. There is a lot of history there and of course much nature to see. But there are parts of Vancouver Island that also are unique and intriguing. Have you been to the Brooks Peninsula, Kyuquot Sound region? Good kayaking there and wildlife abounds plus native cultures as well. A mothership supported trip to the Queen Charlottes would allow you to see this area in a shorter number of days and in relative comfort. keep in mind, it can rain a lot there. Hope this helps you some!