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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.

Kicking Horse River at the Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park,British Columbia, Canada; photo by Darwin Wiggett

Our decision to stay two days was made so we'd have plenty of time to dinghy over to the falls and hike up to Cassel Lake for a swim in the fresh water of Cassel Lake. Making our way up the rugged worn path we were rewarded with a pristine natural trail (at least for the last 70 years it has not been logged) and finally Cassel Lake. Today the area is a Canadian Provential Park. We spent a couple of hours on our hike, before returning to the dinghy and another pass by the cascading waterfall…

I missed it the first few times, maybe you didn't, the name is Toba WilderNEST Resort – the owners, Kyle and Andrea, have made a "nest" out of this beautiful piece of "wilderness," off Toba Inlet, to raise a family and run a business. They live there year round and enjoy a lifestyle not many of us would entertain, not long term anyways. Their location is very remote, not a neighbor for miles, the only way to get to this marina is by boat. Some might say there's not much do to at this…

"How was the swimming?" We often get asked this question in regards to how a cruising territory meets some pretty typical boater's desired water activities. The reason I bring this up in this post has to do with our stop in Pendrell Sound. British Columbia's Desolation Sound is located within close proximity to the 50th parallel. As a reference the only place above this parallel, in the United States, is Alaska. With that said you'd think the water would be too frigid to go swimming. Not so…

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C. It was once a quarry, now its fifty-five acres of stunning floral show gardens and a National Historic Site of Canada.- I loved visiting here!!

We left Duncan Bay knowing we'd travel south on the Tennessee River for only 4 hours, so it wasn't going to be a long day. 29 miles later, at mile marker 62.6 we made a starboard turn into Cypress Creek and then another right into the first cove. What we found was a anchorage that provided us calm waters in a very protective natural surrounding.