Desolation Sound is very popular among boaters as a top destination to travel to due to its spectacular fjords, magnificent vistas, calm waters, beautiful mountains and the abundance of wildlife. It is a deep water sound located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
Desolation Sound Provincial Park covers almost 8,500 hectares and over 60km (37m) of shoreline offering natural protection by the park’s many inlets, islets, coves and bays, making it an ideal location to explore by pleasure craft. The forests offer numerous trails to explore with small lakes and designated campsites to rent. The area is home to a wide variety of wildlife and grizzley bears can be seen by travelling up Bute Inlet.
Desolation Sound has become widely acknowledged as being one of the best places in the world to enjoy the summer yachting months. It is not uncommon for hundreds of boaters to flock to this region and share a small anchorage.
Some of the major anchorages include: Prideaux Haven which is a cove within the park, located on Homfray Channel. There is an anchorage but no facilities are available. Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park* is located between Quadra Island and Maurelle Island in Okisollo Channel. The small group of islands that make up the Octopus islands provide safe and protected anchorages with a stunning backdrop in a beautiful location. Campsites are available to rent; resting areas and safe havens for recreational boaters and paddlers are plentiful; hiking, fishing, nature appreciation, scuba diving, wilderness camping are all activities that attract yachters June through September.
Grace Harbour, Tenedos Bay, Gorge Harbour on Cortes Island and Camp Cordero are also well-known anchorages in Desolation Sound.
*Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park can only be accessed by boat
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