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  Goldstream Harbor.....
  Posted by: chodups on Jun-12-12 8:37 PM (EST)

.....An 18 – 20 NM day today up Fitz Hugh Sound. Seems to be a really large concentration of Humpbacks through here. Looks like Denis never got out of his boat and probably hung on to kelp while fueling.

I’ve never been to Goldstream Harbor or seen any photos of it but John Kimintas describes it like this in his excellent book, “the Wild Coast 2”:
“Good camping locations are few and far between on the Calvert Island side of Fitz Hugh Sound, but Goldstream Harbor offers a gravel beach backed by forest. This is a convenient spot at the entrance to Hakai Passage……….If you enter the harbor from the south of Kelpie Point there is indeed a beach suitable for camping.”

I know that doesn’t sound like a glowing recommendation but on the Wild Coast it passes as a very desirable (dry in all tide levels) place to camp. Also gravel beaches here tend to not be as flat as sand beaches so the carry is shorter. Club Med in the rain forest.

Hakai Passage can really rip with currents up to 4 knots and if they oppose westerly wind or swells it can get big. Tomorrow’s morning flood is not a big exchange so it should offer some options. I suspect that Denis crossed to the west side of Fitz Hugh today to maximize his choices.

Continue north with the relative protection of the Inside Passage or go Outside? If weather permits I wouldn’t be surprised to see him eddy up Hakai Passage into Kildidt Sound where choices open up. Or maybe duck into the passages between Nalau and Sterling Islands if the wind blows. If he is feeling like he is ahead of schedule he might drop into Choked Passage to watch the wolves walk the beach.


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