Princess Louisa Inlet - Getting Here Overview
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The nearest boat launching facilities to Princess Louisa Inlet are located at Egmont (P), where Agamemnon Channel opens into Jervis Inlet. Egmont can be reached by road from Vancouver via BC Ferries Sunshine Coast route from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Q) and driving the length of the Sechelt Peninsula (R). There are no fuel and services available beyond Egmont.
Between Egmont and Princess Louisa Inlet, a distance of 32 miles, suitable anchorages are minimal.
Suggested overnight spots are:
- Nelson Island - Ballet Bay: enter from Malaspina Strait through Blind Bay to the southwest of Clio Island. Watch for uncharted rocks. There is good anchorage in 30-40 feet (10-12 m.) On a mud bottom in the outer portion of the bay. The inner bay has some mud and, nearer shore, rock bottom;
- Hardy Island - Fox Island: enter from Malaspina Strait through Blind Bay and into the bay opposite this island. Stern ties ashore are recommended as the bottom is largely rock and swinging room is limited;
- Quarry Bay: enter from Malaspina Strait. The cove south of the old granite quarry in the eastern end of the bay and in the western arm. Stern ties ashore are recommended. Watch for drying rocks and reefs;
- Thunder Bay, Maude Bay: on the north side of Jervis Inlet adjacent to each other. Anchor near the sand beach in behind the point. There is an unmarked rock on the western shore when entering.
- Saltery Bay: Public Floats adjacent to the ferry terminal;
- Hotham Sound: pass Friel Falls to the head of the Sound near Baker Bay. Anchor close to shore and in the nook to the southeast;
- Harmony Islands: lovely quiet coves but bottom is rock and anchoring is difficult. Stern ties are recommended;
- Deserted Bay: in Princess Royal Reach. This is the only recommended anchorage beyond Hotham Sound. Anchor in the Southeast corner. Parts of the shelf are shallow at low tide. The foreshore is Indian Reservation, respect the rights of ownership.
Reference Charts and Maps
- Canadian Tide and Current Tables, Juan de Fuca Strait and Strait of Georgia, Vol. 5
- Canadian Hydrographic Service Charts 3312, 3512, 3514
- Sailing Directions, British Columbia Coast (South Portion) vol. 1