2018 Mother Goose Alaska Flotilla: Leg 1, Day 5 – Bamfield to Joe’s Bay | NW Explorations


2018 Mother Goose Alaska Flotilla: Leg 1, Day 5 – Bamfield to Joe’s Bay

The consensus among the visitors and locals of Bamfield is that of all the beaches on the island, Brady Beach is not to be missed. And miss it we did not! Many of the Mother Goose crew spent the long morning in Bamfield exploring sandy Brady Beach. We sipped our coffees as we walked along the gravel road stopping to admire the homespun drift wood gates and the abundant patches of salmon berries. As a juvenile and adult eagle wheeled overhead, folks explored anenomie-rich tide pools and a coastline dotted with bull kelp and feather boa kelp. On the walk back we stopped at the Bamfield general store for last minute snacks and provisions before our departure.

Mother Goose departed Bamfield at 1pm to make the short but sweet 12 mile crossing to the Broken Group Islands. The BGIs cover over 10,000 hectares and is comprised of over 100 stunning islands. Captain Jordan deftly led the flotilla through Robbers Pass, one of the more treacherous and thrilling passages in the BGIs. An hour after our departure we arrived and anchored in Joe’s Bay, named for Salal Joe of local infamy. Joe, the unofficial caretaker of the BGIs, was one of the only people not evicted from the islands when the Pacific Rim National Park was instated. Joe lived out his days homesteading in the remote BGIs and gathering salal and other plants to sell to local merchants.  Mother Goose crews spent the blustery, yet sunny afternoon hiking, kayaking, dinghying and even swimming in this slice of paradise.

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