So the New Year is upon us, and if you are starting to dream about where to charter this year, then Desolation Sound is a fantastic choice of location for a Vancouver yacht charter. It is a very popular destination for sailing and boaters because of it’s spectacular fjords, mountains and wildlife all waiting for you to experience.
About Desolation Sound
Desolation Sound is located off the Northern End of Sunshine Coast, which is a region of the southern mainland coast of British Columbia on the eastern shore of the Strait of Georgia and just northwest of Greater Vancouver.
In 1973 the British Columbian government created the “Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park”, and the park itself now comprises of a total of approx 33 sq miles and over 37 miles of shoreline. It is a superb location to explore by yacht, if you are on a Vancouver yacht charter. You can take advantage of the many inlets, islets, coves and bays under the natural shelter of the park, and enjoy the spectacular vistas and the warm calm waters of the park are perfect for swimming and diving. You can also enjoy time ashore by taking refuge in the shady walking trails on the forested upland and around the small lakes.
Where to go
There are 3 major anchorages within the park, namely Prideaux Haven, Tenedo’s Bay and Grace Harbour.
(Please note the waters are protected so it is illegal to dump sewage anywhere within the protected waters of Desolation Sound Provincial Park)
Desolation Sound has colourful marine wildlife, schools of fish and larger marine mammals, keep your eyes open for sea lions and seals, if you’re lucky you might spot some porpoises too! In the summer, occasional pods of killer whales or humpback whales visit the waters in search of food. The warm waters are perfect for snorkelling, where you will likely see colourful sea stars, spiny red sea urchins and spiky sea cucumbers.
When to go
Desolation Sound Provincial Marine park is extremely popular in the peak summer season from June – August, where you will find many other boaters, but this area can be spectacular to see in both the Spring and Autumn to see the changing seasons effect on the stunning surroundings.