Shearwater to Codville Lagoon
We woke up to muffins (home made of course), fruit salad and Yogurt.
Jacques, Jenny and Charles had left at 7:30 am to see the McAllister's -
a long lost cousin they had never met. At 9:30 the store in Shearwater
opened (we couldn't get eggs or toilet paper in Bella Bella) so Mike went
out to pick up the remaining supplies and our European guests. Back
on board, we were under way!
Today's destination is Codville Lagoon
- a provincial
. The park was created in 1965 because it is a significant
site to the Heiltsuk People. It was a rainy day so we spent most
of the time getting there in the galley reading and keeping up journals.
The move was short and we arrived at Codville Lagoon before lunch.
The Eastern most end of
Codville Lagoon was full with boats so Jan anchored the boat in the Northern
corner. We got the Kayaks in the water and packed for a hike.
The Kayak there was about 2 kilometers and the forest looked pretty impenetrable.
We found the beach head (no nice place to park a boat but the plastic Kayaks
will be okay) and prepared for our hike.
The trail is in pretty poor condition
- it's either mud pits or exposed rocks. The trail is pretty short
- perhaps a kilometer, but the slippery conditions make the hike a lot more
work. In some sections people have put down logs - they keep your feet
out of the mud, but they are really slippery so you have to be careful.
Mike had the best idea - he wore plastic sandals without socks and knew he
would wash off his feet when he got to the destination.
Sagar lake is pretty
cool! (You can pay for a day trip here from
) The pinky orange sand is interesting to and plentiful!
Mike (who took geography degree at Simon Fraser University) thinks the sand
is coloured by feldspar. The combination of orange sand, blue lake
and green forest is a nice combination - I wish it wasn't raining so I could
have brought a larger camera.
We hiked back down to the bay and got back into the kayaks.
The nice part of kayaking and hiking is that is uses two different muscle
sets (not including your back.) Four kilometers of kayaking, two kilometers
of hard hiking, it was nice to get back to the boat.
We were in for a treat tonight! When we came into the lagoon Mike
laid a prawn trap (in 300 feet of water) and after dinner he went out to collect
it. Sure enough - full of Prawns! Some of the prawns we
cooked immediately, others we we bagged and froze for a latter day.
Full day - we went to bed!
Next: Nootsum River
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From: John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Mid Coast of BC on the Curve of Time > Shearwater to Codville Lagoon
Overnighting here the native owned RV site by the Lions Gate Bridge in W. Vancouver (in the rain).
A resident camper was telling us about his escape from Belle Bella after 6 months of contract work.
Couldn't handle the isolation.
So we stumbled onto you very entertaining travelogue to enlighten ourselves concerning these remote parts of our "wet coast" . Not without it 's challenges but good to have your experiences as a reference.
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