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During our three days in Laura Cove, we swam next to the boat every day in the clear, warm water, hiked a little, took dinghy rides around Prideaux Haven to explore and visit with other boaters we knew who were also staying in one of the coves for the Canadian holiday weekend. We liked our spot. There were three other boats rafted off the narrower tip of the rock and a few more on the other side but there wasn't any room for another boat to stern anchor in our vicinity.

Cruising To Prideaux Haven - Melanie and Laura Coves This area is very popular spot for anchoring in Desolation Sound and since we were going during Canada's Civic Holiday, a three-day weekend we knew ahead of time it would be a busy place. As we neared Prideaux Haven, we followed a few boats into Melanie Cove and found it to be quite large and filled with boats of all shapes and sizes, many rafted together. This seemed a little too much company for our tastes, so we decided to keep moving…

Then I set off on my hike through the woods up and away, above the crowds of Melanie Cove on a narrow, well traveled path. The further I got away from the busyness of the boat strewn coves of Prideaux Haven the quieter my surroundings became. The woods were almost magical with cedar trees canopying the hillside as I made my way up to Unwin Lake. At various points I'd climb under or over fallen trees as I followed the path lined with healthy 5-foot tall ferns. At more than one point I…

Squirrel Cove, Desolation Sound, BC Canada Squirrel Cove provides a very protected anchorage for a large number of boats and, as a bonus, there's a small village nearby, and we love an opportunity to get off the boat. That's just what we did shortly after we got settled at anchor; we jumped into the dinghy and headed toward town. It doesn't take much to entertain us, a little walk, lunch off the boat, and a stop at the grocery store for a few supplies or just to check the availability of…

We saved the last two days of our Desolation Sound cruise for Roscoe Bay. Once inside the narrow entrance to the inner cove (which guide books state is best navigated on a rising tide), we took our time to slowly cruise the anchorage to find the perfect spot before we dropped anchor and stern tied to shore. There was plenty of room available, so we could be choosy about our selection which was located all the way up into the bay. Surrounded by pine trees and high rock bluffs, the cove…

When setting out to explore new cruising grounds it’s important to have a plan, ours is created first by doing as much research as we can from charts and guide books followed up by input from other cruisers we know, ones with a great deal of experience in the area we are headed to. However, over the years we’ve learned the best way to make sure you hit the high spots of an area are to talk with a boater who lives and cruises there.

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We'd been to Anacortes, Washington, the gateway to the San Juans Islands, several times in the past 15 years so it felt a little like a home away from home for us. After launching the boat and stowing the trailer and truck it was time to get organized for some serious PNW cruising. We needed to stock up and collect our thoughts a little. Guess the week we spent on the road took it's toll. Lisa kept saying maybe we need another day to get organized and not feel so rushed to take off right…