SATURNA IS­LAND D11

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Breezy Bay – Good overnight an­chor­age if the winds are not blow­ing from the west. Saturna Beach on the south side is the site of the Canada Day Lamb Bar­be­cue which at­tracts up to 400 boats. Crocker Point is marked with a light.

El­liot Bluff – Good scuba div­ing spot where you will find some of the is­lands’ largest sea anemones a few me­tres below the sur­face.

Lyall Har­bour – Named after David Lyall, a sur­geon on the navy sur­vey ves­sel Plumper which ex­plored the area from 1857-60. A pub­lic wharf, pub and wash­rooms by the ferry land­ing at Saturna Point on the south point. Ex­posed to the north­west but of­fers some good an­chor­age. Watch for Crispin Rock which is marked by a buoy at the en­trance. Boot Cove is en­tered north of Trevor Islet and pro­vides good shel­ter.

Win­ter Cove – A good all-weather pic­turesque an­chor­age. Win­ter Cove is part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR). Win­ter Cove of­fers pic­nic sites and toi­lets as well as a beau­ti­ful trail through to Boat Pas­sage. Boat Pas­sage is tough to spot, but a good way of see­ing what is out on Ge­or­gia Straight. A new dinghy dock is also avail­able.

Boat Pas­sage is be­tween Saturna and Samuel Is­lands. The nar­row chan­nel is a fun­nel for tides. Cur­rents can run through at speeds up to seven knots. At its nar­row­est, this pass is 15 m (50 ft) across.

Samuel Is­land – Pri­vate. Func­tions as a quasi-wildlife pre­serve. Ir­ish Bay is a good place to drop a hook, par­tic­u­larly in the south­east cor­ner.

Belle Chain Islets – Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. They have been af­forded the high­est level of pro­tec­tion by Parks Canada there­fore it is au­tho­rized ac­cess only ex­cept for a day-use area at East end of Lit­tle Samuel (Lot 65). Named after Is­abel, the youngest daugh­ter of Cap­tain Jeremiah Nagle. It was here that the Ken Kon Maru was ship­wrecked in 1916 when it ran into the reef. Cab­bage Is­land – part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. The park is a great place for beach­comb­ing. Do not light any fires on the is­land and watch for dry­ing rocks. One visit and you will know why it is a favourite with lo­cal boaters. Good fish­ing which ex­plains the seal pop­u­la­tion. An­chor­age even if all the buoys are used. The is­land is an im­por­tant nesting site for Black Oys­ter­catch­ers and Bald Ea­gles. Oys­ter­catch­ers are par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to dis­tur­bance by dogs and peo­ple walk­ing along the shore­line: use an al­ter­nate route or land­ing area if you spot Oys­ter­catch­ers on the beach. Marine ac­cess only, com­post­ing toi­let, 5 wilder­ness camp­sites and no potable wa­ter.

Tumbo Is­land – part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. Tumbo Is­land has re­cov­ered well from the fur farm­ing, tim­ber har­vest­ing and coal min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that high­lighted its rich and var­ied past. To­day, the is­land is largely forested with old growth Dou­glas fir and Garry oak mead­ows. Tumbo Is­land de­rives its name from the land­form that gives it its dis­tinc­tive shape—a tombolo. A tombolo is a sand­bar ex­tend­ing out­ward from shore con­nect­ing with an is­land—or from is­land to is­land as it does here. First Na­tions found a safe har­bour on Tumbo Is­land when hand trolling for fish off­shore in their ca­noes or on their jour­neys across the Strait. The is­land re­mains an im­por­tant spir­i­tual place to this day.

Tumbo Is­land can be vis­ited by kayak or by dinghy from larger boats. A short trail sys­tem pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore the is­land. Dis­cover the di­verse crea­tures who live in shore­line tide­pools and the fresh­wa­ter marsh. Bird­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and pic­nick­ing are other great ac­tiv­i­ties to pur­sue on Tumbo. (Note: a life te­nancy agree­ment for the house on the is­land means that there may oc­ca­sion­ally be some­one in res­i­dence on the is­land. Please re­spect their pri­vacy.)

10. Rosen­feld Rock – Named after the John Rosen­feld for small craft. which was be­ing towed by a tug on her way from Nanaimo to San Fran­cisco on Fe­bru­ary 20, 1886 when she ran on this rock. The Rosen­feld cost $150,000 US to build when con­structed in Bath, Maine in 1884.

11. East Point – part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. Of­fers day use ac­tiv­i­ties such as pic­nic ta­bles, toi­lets and wildlife view­ing. Has a wildlife sanc­tu­ary and a light house es­tab­lished in 1888 to help ship­ping traf­fic nav­i­gat­ing Bound­ary Pass. The first light­house keeper was James Ge­orge­son. Boil­ing Reef (by the point) should be past at a dis­tance. Stay closer to Tumbo Is­land when trav­el­ing west through Tumbo Chan­nel. Tides can run at up to five knots here.

12. Bound­ary Pass – Pro­duces steep and con­fused seas when east­erly winds meet the flood tide; can be dan­ger­ous

13. Nar­vaez Bay, part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve, is one of the most beau­ti­ful and undis­turbed bays in the South­ern Gulf Is­lands. Nice beach area. Not much pro­tec­tion from the south­east. Shore­lines are fairly steep. Nice beach in Fid­dler’s Cove. South of the en­trance is a nice beach. There are 7 camp­ing sites now avail­able.

14. Monarch Head – Named after HMS Monarch, the 84gun flag­ship of Rear Ad­mi­ral Henry Bruce. It sailed these waters in the mid 1850’s. There are large patches of grass on its steep slopes. There is a new loop trail de­vel­oped by GINPR to the mag­nif­i­cent view­point over­look­ing Bound­ary Pas­sage.

15. Java Islets – part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. Au­tho­rized ac­cess only. Bare rocks with some veg­e­ta­tion cling­ing to the top. Scuba div­ing site; kelp, abalone and urchins.

16. Bruce Bight – Named after Rear Ad­mi­ral Henry Wil­liam Bruce who was com­man­der-in-chief of the Pa­cific Sta­tion from 1854-1857. Nice beach and good tem­po­rary an­chor­age. Taylor Point - good dive site.

17. Mur­der Point – Two Amer­i­cans were killed here by La­malchi In­di­ans.

18. Saturna Is­land – Al­most half of Saturna Is­land is pro­tected within Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. If you are plan­ning to stay overnight on the is­land, be sure to make ar­range­ments in ad­vance. There are sev­eral ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, from rus­tic cab­ins to bed & break­fasts to inn-type lodg­ings, but they are limited in num­ber. Garbage dis­posal is a costly ser­vice for is­lan­ders be­cause garbage must be shipped off-is­land. Please don’t lit­ter, and be pre­pared to take any garbage you gen­er­ate off-is­land with you for dis­posal. No ma­rina fa­cil­i­ties. There are 7 camp­sites at Naraez Bay - ideal for pad­dlers.

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