The Broughtons

Penphrase Passage

Sunday, July 25, 2010S.V. CAMBRIA




According to several cruising guides, Cypress Harbour is one of the prettiest places in the area, especially Stopford Bay which lies in the southeast corner and is reached through a narrow entrance lined with kelp and rocks on either side. Rather than taking Cambria inside, we decided to dingy to Cawston Point where there's campsite maintained by BC Forest Service with picnic tables, fire pits and an old logging road that leads to a either a meadow or a low marsh where cranberries grow. Unfortunately, the old road hasn't been kept up and we had to stop short of our final destination because of fallen trees and debris, so we'll never know the answer. But it was good to get off the boat and stretch our paws. We haven't had any difficulties shoring Sally up here and have always been able to find a patch of land for her to use at low tide. But walks are rare; and walks without the fear of bears, even more so.

After our walk, we came back to the boat, had lunch and upped anchor for Laura Bay on the eastern side of Broughton Island. While transiting Penphrase Passage, we were joined by a pod of playful dolphins so we slowed down to watch as they passed under the boat, breaking the water just off our bow. They stayed with us for a long time, an hour or so; and when we reached Laura Bay, the anchorage was full of boats. So we moved on and found a nice spot about a mile south where we had another quiet night with a beautiful view.

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