2024 Inside Passage Flotilla North – Day 3 Madeira Park to Prideaux Haven | NW Explorations


2024 Inside Passage Flotilla North – Day 3 Madeira Park to Prideaux Haven

The mood of the morning was drastically different than yesterday. Choppy waters and gray skies created an ominous feeling as the “goslings” followed behind Deception in an orderly row.

We passed by Texada Island, distinctive due to the white patches sporadically spread out along the shoreline. These patches turned out to be limestone quarries which in the prime of the mining industry days were producing five million tons of limestone a year!

By 10 am the fog started to clear, allowing the blue skies and sunshine to peak through at last. Like clockwork, the moment we had all been waiting for had finally come. Orcas! We were just south of Savary Island when we spotted what appeared to be a small pod of transient orcas, with one male leading the pod and another male taking the rear. Traveling in the middle were a few females and a baby! The cetacean elation was through the roof.

Just when we thought things couldn’t get better, we observed a regal eagle taking flight, dominating the skyline as we passed by Copeland Islands.

As quickly as the weather cleared up it switched again. The rain began to pour, and the skies were gray and menacing, living up to the name Desolation Sound. Upon his arrival to Desolation in 1792, Captain Vancouver describes his personal experience writing “This (area) afforded not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye…” giving insight into how the sound received its name.

I, however, could not disagree with Captain Vancouver’s consensus more. As the sun came back out, we were mesmerized by the scenery. Surrounding us were steep forested cliffs consisting of many coniferous trees, deciduous maples, and alders, which created a palette of beautiful greens everywhere you looked. The waters were a sparkling deep aqua marine color with dozens of moon jellies just on the surface. Timid seals peered their heads above the water to look at us and a blue heron could be seen stoically perched on a rock. A layer of fog enveloped the mountaintops, creating a sensation of serene seclusion. Anchored here for the night, it is hard to imagine anywhere more breathtaking.

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