This post continues our adventures in the Broughton Islands. On September 20th, we left Laura Bay and travelled east through Tribune Channel towards Lacy Falls. The scenery throughout Tribune Channel was dramatic with the mountains jetting steeply up the sides and the channel water being very deep. Even though it was a dry season this year, Lacy Falls was still very stunning with the falls washing down an expanse of smooth black rock and tumbling down into Tribune Channel. We spent an hour or so exploring Lacy Falls and Watson Cove (50°50.932’N, 126°18.230’W) which is located to the east of Lacy Falls with the boat before heading back down Tribune Channel to Pierre’s Echo Bay Marina. The water is deep enough in this area that you can get quite close to the shoreline with a full keel boat and explore. The main reason we decided to head back down Tribune Channel was to be able to stay the night at a marina to do laundry, have a shower and get some drinking water – we were down to one tank of water and when we were in Sullivan Bay two days ago they did not have potable water available.
Pierre’s Echo Bay Marina (50°45.149’N, 126°29.834’W) is one of those marinas that you have to visit even if just only once to experience the atmosphere and the people. The marina was quiet and we were the only ones there with the exception of Pierre, Mike and several homesteaders. We hiked around the bay to try and find Billy Proctor’s Museum but ended finding old logging roads overgrown with bushes, spider nests (Sophia DOES NOT like spiders!) and one homesteader’s home but no museum.
We left Pierre’s the next day with strong winds gusting into Echo Bay and pushing the boat onto the dock. Once into Cramer Passage, we had to be very vigilant to avoid the ton of flotsam and jetsam within the passage. After motoring about 6 nautical miles (NM) through several passages and passing several small islands, we made our way through a narrow channel and arrived at Waddington Bay (50°43.111’N, 126°36.937’W) and anchored for the night. Once we had the boat organized, we dropped the dingy over the side and took a tour of the bay. We wanted to explore some of the smaller islands around the bay and stopped at one island with only one tree on it (referred to as “one tree island” by Dreamspeaker). As we approached the shoreline of the island, we scraped over some large barnacles and the next thing we knew the pontoon started to hiss and small bubbles appeared on the side. We quickly got back into the dinghy and made our way back to the boat, stopping along the way to pick up the crab pot we set earlier. Once we pulled the dinghy onboard we realized that the pontoon on the dinghy was ripped in two locations by the large barnacles. This is not the first time we have gone over barnacles with the dinghy but we’ve never had any problems as we are generally careful and have only lightly scraped over the barnacles with the hard part of the rib dinghy (RIB – rigid inflatable boat). Rob fixed the dinghy by covering the holes with marine goop in order for us to use the dinghy in an emergency (no we didn’t have a patch kit on board).
Later that evening before heading to bed, we started to hear wolves howling on the island behind our boat (about 100 feet away). After about a half an hour, the howling stopped and we thought that it was the end of it, but early the next morning around 3 am we were woken up to a large pack of wolves running and howling along the shoreline just out of sight; the pack also included pups. It was a bit eerie and cool especially with the pups trying to keep up with the adults and trying very hard to howl like them too! We were woken up a few hours later with hard rain pouring down. Except for being a bit windy, the anchorage is a great place to stay for a few days or more and experience a variety of wildlife. ~Sophia & Rob