D5 PORLIER PASS

Suncruiser West Coast - - Nanaimo -

North Reef – Marked by a light 800 m (.5 mi) to the south end of Tent Is­land.

Tent Is­land – A marker iden­ti­fies the east­ern limit of the dry­ing rocks. This heav­ily treed is­land is a First Na­tions re­serve. Do not go be­tween Tent and Ku­per is­lands.

La­malchi Bay – Pri­vate, shal­low waters and ex­posed. North are in­ter­est­ing cliffs rid­dled with small holes used by birds for nesting.

Tele­graph Har­bour – Lo­cal knowl­edge is an as­set when en­ter­ing this har­bour. En­ter­ing from the east (Clam Bay); do it at HW. Post a look­out on the bow. On the east shore of the har­bour there is a ferry ter­mi­nal to Ku­per Is. and a pub­lic wharf.

Clam Bay – Some shel­tered an­chor­age on the south side but watch for reefs and shoals. There is a dredged boat pas­sage to bring you to Tele­graph Har­bour. South end has Penelakut Spit to pro­tect Clam Bay from south­east­erly winds and waves.

Ku­per Is­land – Home to the Penelakut band of the Cowichan In­di­ans. It was named after Cap­tain Au­gus­tus Leopold Ku­per who sailed his ship HMS Thetis here, from 1851 to 1853.

Nor­way Is­land – Pri­vate is­land with a light at the north­west end; a buoy at the south­east tip marks dry­ing rocks.

Hous­ton Pas­sage – Named after Cap­tain Wal­lace Hous­ton who com­manded the HMS Trin­co­ma­lee in these waters from 1853-56.

Grap­pler Rocks – Marked by a red light. Stone­cut­ters Bay 800 m (.5 mi) south pro­vides some an­chor­age. Idol Is­land, 1.6 km (1 mi) south, was an In­dian burial ground.

Southey Point – A cove to the west of the point is suit­able for an­chor­age. Fern­wood – A pier which reaches over the tidal flats and of­fers a float with room for three or four boats.

Pan­ther Point – Named after the sail­ing ship “Pan­ther” that was towed through the area when a gale struck in 1874.

Wal­lace Is­land – Named after Wal­lace Hous­ton, cap­tain of the HMS Trin­co­ma­lee. A pro­vin­cial marine park (ex­cept for 4.5 hectares) 20 camp­sites, pic­nic ar­eas, out­houses and fresh wa­ter. Princess Cove pro­vides pro­tected an­chor­age.

Sec­re­tary Is­lands – Joined by a sand bank. Jackscrew Is­land is pri­vate and has good an­chor­age on the west.

Mowgli Is­land – do not pass be­tween Mowgli & Sec­re­tary Is­lands.

Hall Is­land – Pri­vate is­land. Some an­chor­age on the south­east side.

Reid Is­land – There is an­chor­age around this heav­ily treed is­land. Just north­west is Rose Islets; it is a small eco­log­i­cal re­serve which is closed to the pub­lic.

Trin­co­ma­lee Chan­nel – Named for the HMS Trin­co­ma­lee which was a sail­ing frigate that pa­trolled these waters, 1853 to 1856.

Galiano Is­land – 26 km long with a pop­u­la­tion of about 1,000. Two pro­vin­cial camp­grounds, stores, liquor out­let, pub, post of­fice and restau­rants.

20. Re­treat Cove –pub­lic wharf and boat launch. Re­treat Is­land is pri­vate.

Spot­light Cove – It was here that Cap­tain J.C. Voss turned a 38 foot dugout ca­noe into a sail­boat and ven­tured forth on a three year quest to sail around the globe.

North Galiano – Al­cala Point just north was named after Com­man­der Dion­i­sio Al­cala Galiano, a Span­ish cap­tain who re­con­noi­tered the re­gion in 1792.

Porlier Pass – Cur­rent can build to 8 or 9 knots on a flood or ebb-tide and larger ves­sels will in­crease the dan­gers. Vi­rago Rock is marked with a light; in 1949 it grounded the Point Gray. Light­house Bay of­fers shel­ter from cur­rents in Porlier Pass.

24. Dion­i­sio Point – Named after Cap­tain Dion­i­sio Al­cala Galiano. The 10 ha (25 ac) park, of­fers 25 camp­sites, wa­ter and out-houses. Coon Bay of­fers an­chor­age.

This shore­line is largely un­de­vel­oped and ex­posed to east and south winds.

Ca­noe Islet – It was de­clared an eco­log­i­cal re­serve in 1971 and it was closed to the pub­lic. It claimed the 57 me­tre steamer Del Norte in 1868. The wreck is pro­tected un­der the Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion Act of B.C. (UASBC).

Ver­naci Point – Named after the Spa­niard Lieu­tenant Juan Ver­naci who helped sur­vey the chan­nels be­tween Van­cou­ver Is­land and the main­land in 1792.

28. Lots of fish­ing along the east­ern shores of Valdes. Cardale Point is to the south end of the is­land. Cayetano Point has a marker.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.