Chapter 14 - Desolation Sound

The name of this Sound alone has intrigued boaters for years. While it may be desolate in terms of development, once you round Sarah Point and Mt. Denman comes into view in the distance, entrance to Desolation Sound feels nothing short of awe inspiring. Be sure to give yourself several days to enjoy that feeling and to explore the variety of bays and facilities in the vicinity. Desolation Sound Marine Park, with three major destination anchorages, Prideaux Haven, Tenedo’s Bay and Grace Harbour, is one of the largest and most visited British Columbia Marine Parks. During the peak season in July and August, many anchorages and moorage floats can be crowded. Squirrel Cove and Manson’s Landing have public floats, a store with some supplies and provisions, and a restaurant – and are great places to stop and stretch your legs on local trails. Off Sutil Channel on Cortes Island, Von Donop Inlet is a wonderful and scenic side trip. Additionally, Indigenous owned Gorge Harbour Marina Resort is a beautiful and protected spot to refuel and restock at its generously appointed store.

The Gorge Harbour

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Now in its 46th year, Northwest Boat Travel is a unique cruising guide containing twenty geographically arranged chapters presenting descriptions and useful information about the ports-of-call, anchorages, bays, inlets, waterways, marine parks, marina and resort facilities, fuel docks, services, and things to see and do along coasts and islands of Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska.