Central Coast Destinations

Eucott Bay | Way Back Wednesday

Wednesday, March 08, 2017S.V. CAMBRIA

It’s Way Back Wednesday, an opportunity to dig through the files and pull out an old blog post to shed some new light on it. Over the years, I’ve written several posts about anchorages we’ve stayed in, including first-hand anchoring information (i.e. holding, protection, GPS coordinates), historical information and things to do. To date, I’ve done 26 of these (they can all be found on our Destinations page) and they’re some of my favourite posts. For the next six months, I’ll be highlighting one every Wednesday (from south to north) and adding a few new ones in where I can. This week, it’s a return to Eucott Bay in British Columbia’s Central Coast.

Disclaimer:  This blog article is not to be used for navigation.  It is purely an account of our personal experience in Eucott Bay during settled weather conditions.  There are no services or VHF reception and any boat that enters should be self-sufficient.

With some cruising grounds, it’s all about what lies at the end of the road: a sandy beach, a waterfall, a special hike.  With others, it’s what happens along the way: the sights and sounds.  Cruising the Central Coast is often the perfect mixture of both, and sailing to Eucott Bay is just one example of that. Located along the western shore of Dean Channel, what you see before you get there is as much a part of the experience – mile after mile of high, steep mountains dotted with waterfalls and snow-capped peaks, separated by stunning glacial valleys.

But Eucott Bay is a gorgeous destination in its own right, as beautiful as any we’ve anchored in over the years, where all the elements come together in an amazing climax:  Marshes line the beach where black bears roam in the mornings and evenings in search of food.  A waterfall cascades a thousand feet down from snowy peaks along the southern shore, filling the anchorage with its roar. To its right, a 4,665-foot jagged peak, capped with snow, dominates the landscape. On the northern shore near the head of the bay stands a 2,000-foot vertical granite dome. And at its base lies the reason people come – a natural hot spring tub.

If you sense a BUT coming, you’d be right.  Eucott Bay has one small problem that makes it an unappealing destination: deer flies.  And plenty of them.  On sunny days, they overtake your vessel and will cover you in welts if you dare step outside without being drenched in bug spray.  Over the years, we’ve tried several ways to detract them – fly traps, electronic fly swatters, citronella candles – without great success.  The only thing that seems to keep them away is the weather – overcast, windy or rainy days are the best ones to visit Eucott Bay.

To enter the anchorage, favour the eastern shoreline until you’re beyond the pilings located on the western shore.  Silting from a stream has occurred over the years and the charted depths are shallower than reported – at low water, the depth is closer to 3.5 metres (12 feet) than 5 (17 feet).  Once past the pilings, the bay opens up but shoals to 2.4 metres (8 feet) and anchoring space is limited to the southeastern section of the cove where the holding is very good in sand and mud with protection from all quadrants. 

The hot spring is located near the head of the bay along the northeastern shore directly in line with the row of pilings. The pool is large enough for a dozen people and is approximately one metre deep (3.3 feet), making it an excellent soaking tub.  The water is uncomfortably hot directly out of the stream (around 55°C/131°F); but the temperature can be controlled by inserting a rod into the outflow pipe, reducing it down to a trickle.  

Things to Do:      
  • Soaking in the hot spring tub
  • Kayaking
  • Crabbing
  • Bear watching                 

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  1. What awesome photos! Every photo looks so green and vibrant. And what an experience to have a natural hot tub! Matt and Hastings both have a real fly phobia and march around the boat in a frenzy if flies are around, so I don't know that we would last too long!