|THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE watching dusk fall upon the calm waters of a harbour. The faint sounds of seagulls owls and herons. The splashing of feeding fish fleeing from the seals that hunt them. The murmurs of people having dinner on their boats and the smell of barnacles at low tide. This is the time of day that the magic of living on the ocean reveals itself and when I’m most delighted to be aboard a boat – the one I grew up on. This week’s adventure takes you to a place I’ve called home every summer since I was a little girl. PLACE: Desolation Sound (CLICK FOR MAP) LOCATION: Okeover, BC Have suggestions for UNPLUGGED this fall? Tweet me @amberturnau.|
Our family has spent summers at Desolation Sound for two decades now. The provincial marine park, is about a 2-day sail from Vancouver or a full day of road and ferry travel to the closest mainland departure point of Okeover.
Every July, our family of four hopped aboard our sailboat Chucklyn – which was built by my parents in the 1970s and has seen its fair share of offshore adventure. For at least a month, we spent our days venturing between ports, hiking, visiting waterfalls, diving into warm lakes, fishing and paddling to our heart’s content along the shorelines. It sure beat day camp and by the end of the summer our skin was nut brown; our feet toughened from shoeless adventuring.
Both in their late 60s, my now-retired parents still spend at least three months a year continuing our family tradition of exploring coastal BC.