2014 was an epic year for us, in terms of adventure and travel. The four days we spent in Desolation Sound was one of the highlights of our five-month road trip around British Columbia and the Yukon. During a trip in which we would later drive above the Arctic Circle, paddle the Yukon River and summit incredible mountains, it would be easy to overlook some of the earlier experiences. Our canoe trip in Desolation Sound however, would be hard to forget.
A closer look
Quite simply, it was a perfect trip. Wall to wall sunshine, an incredible base campsite, a (fairly) calm ocean, great fishing, plentiful wildlife and an amazing view in every direction. Even better, we basically had it all to ourselves.
I talked a bit about our Desolation Sound experience a month after the fact. What I did not mention then was that the photos in the post were not the best taken during that adventure. Jean Robert shot most of the 300 or so photos in what is known as RAW format. To cut a long story short, when it came to writing up the trip, I could not open the files and use them in the post. Being on the road with limited power and internet, I figured I’d work it out later. And now this is later!
So finally, here’s the full picture (get it?) of our adventures in BC’s Desolation Sound.
the details: Desolation Sound
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park is located approximately 150km north of Vancouver, on BC’s Sunshine Coast. We launched from Okeover Harbour Government Dock, leaving our van in the long stay parking lot.
Camping is $5 per person, per night from June 1st to September 15th. There are 11 designated campsites with an average of 9 tent pads in each. We stayed on East Curme Island (21km from Okeover Habour) but visited most of the other campsites and I can honestly say you really couldn’t go wrong wherever you stay. Fires are only allowed in Tenedos and Roscoe Bays.
As you can see, we paddled our canoe to Desolation Sound. Taking a kayak is a more common option – if you don’t own one, there are plenty of kayak outfitters in the local area of Lund and Powell River.
Outdoor gear we use and love (2018):
Tent: MSR Freelite 2.
Other: ENO Doublenest hammock
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