We departed Madeira Park at 0700 and set off for Princess Louisa. The sun was just barely rising as we made our way out of Pender Harbour. There was a crispness to the air that reminded us that fall was definitely here.
As we headed out into Agamemnon Channel and past the Earls Cove ferry landing, the sun was shining so brightly down the channel at us that it was actually hard to see. Bright sunshine was the perfect way to be able to view the Jervis Inlet fjord! Everyone was impressed to see on their depth finders that the water below us was over a thousand feet deep in many places. Jervis Inlet is, after all, the deepest fjord in British Columbia waters.
Further up the inlet we began to see the spectacular views of Mount Churchill and Marlborough Heights. These impressive mountains rise straight up out of the water to heights of over 1500 feet. On a sunlit day such as the one we had today, they are a beautiful sight to see indeed.
Soon we began to see the Malibu Club off in the distance which marks the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet. Timing the Malibu Rapids there is important and we had arrived about an hour before slack. We decided to poke our noses in to see if transiting would be doable and found that indeed we could make it through, even though the current was running at about 6 knots against us. It was a fun but manageable ride through!
The views down the inlet were breathtaking and Sea Spree in all their excitement thanked Deception for bringing them to such a spectacular place. Of course Deception is always happy to oblige as the crew appreciates these jewels just as much.
All the boats got tied up and settled on the docks and many of the participants made their way up the trail to experience Chatterbox Falls. A bonfire was built in the MacDonald Pavilion and a potluck meal was shared by all. How great it was to be able to share this special place with our new friends!
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