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Toba Wildernest Resort – False Bay – Schooner Cove August 30, 2010

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue in the Broughtons 2010.
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‘8-26-10 We sailed twice for a total 0f 10.7 miles up Homfray Channel, then met winds on our nose and sailed a while more. Finally motored for trip 592.2, for 22.8 miles at Toba Wildernest Resort. Very interesting power plant with about 220 feet of head on a Turgo wheel. It was out of operation due to no rain for a long time finally and full cabins. He has a 30 KW diesel as a backup to his 30 KW hydro plant. After the cabins empty out he can go back to using his hydro power. So far he has used diesel for 8 days this year. He does use propane for the shower system that is four loonies. The dock is in an “L” shape with 50 and 160 feet and no protection of a log boom or anything. White caps and rough water were near the dock when we came in. We moored on the inside. Later it settled down. A nice trail to the waterfall and source for the hydro power. We failed to notice until too late, 9pm, that his spotty internet needs a password. I mean we are in the middle of nowhere and they have a password that no one told us about or is noted in the office. I tried calling on 66a several times and used the intercom system at the office. No response. When we came in we tried calling on 66a and 16 with no response then too. I did notice he had the radio on 66a while he was showing the place to us. This is their 7th year here after seeing a For Sale sign he acted on. When we got to the waterfall rain started coming down for a while. A big rainbow came out with the sunshine. You could see the second rainbow also. We walked the trails and picked blackberries. Boaters can’t use the hot tub, only cabin people. He took some of the cabin people out fishing for the evening. No fish but did get a nice batch of prawns from a trap earlier set. Some logging equipment and tools are staged around the property. Paul Russell, the guy from Shelton with “Ellie K” that gave us a ride into Gorge Harbour was here a few days and ago and told Judy about the place. In 1792 there was a ‘Toba Tabla’ remarked on by Europeans that was about 4 feet by 7 1/2 feet made of wood with drawings on it and such in this area. See http://www.nickdoe.ca/pdfs/Webp28c.pdf or Google “Toba Tabla”. Some what interesting read and the picture/drawing is interesting too to see.

‘8-27-10 Flat calm out this morning. It was raining earlier, now no rain. I reached Kyle at 7:30am and he gave me the code over the radio on 66a. Float plane came in about 8am to pick up some cabin people.

Published 8-27-10

Steve and Judy

‘8-27-10 We left at 11:30am for Walsh Cove in Waddington Channel. We found three sets of pictographs, one looked like a First Nation mask like you might see at the Alert Bay Museum. We stopped in at Roscoe Bay with four sailboats, three motor boats and a fishing boat in the back area of the bay. Next stop was Tenedos Bay with 8 boats tucked in on one side. We headed for the area near Unwin Lake and did a stern tie, then the boat next to us left during our tie up operation. We took the dingy in and hiked to the lake. Water was a bit warmer than Newton Lake. We decided to take warm water showers after wading for a while. We walked to the other side of the lake and saw two good sized frogs near the trail. Then a rather large aluminum rowboat without oars pulled up from the lake and in the woods. Weather has been pretty nice most of the day and still sunny but wind is up a bit. Wind died for the night and stars came out pretty good but there was a moon behind the trees we couldn’t see but knew it was there.

‘8-28-10 12:09pm we left Tenedos Bay with jelly fish as far as you could see about 15 feet down. We headed to look at Laura Cove, Prideaux Haven and Melanie Cove. Only about 20 boats in the area. While we were in the Broughtons we heard there were 140 boats in Prideaux Haven. Water was only 62 degrees F. Next stop was Refuge Cove for ice cream cones at only $2.50 for a double scoop. Squirrel Cove dock was the next stop for groceries. A 36 foot charter sailboat out of Powell River with 5 guys on it came in just after us. They were headed to the restaurant and worried about the tide as they would be a while, so came back to the boat to check their tide book. Tide was coming in so no problem. We headed to Squirrel Cove to anchor. Trip miles 628.7. Very light winds in the cove with clear skies.

‘8-29-10 Left Squirrel Cove at 7:27am at first headed to Blind Bay and Ballet Bay but since we were headed to Schooner Cove I looked at False Bay on Lasqueti Island (Trip 675.4) that we haven’t been to before and a hike to Scottie Bay on the east side. This was closer to where we wanted to go to and something to do on shore with a store, bakery, pub and restaurant. The dock was full so we anchored close by, near a boat ramp. Winds were from the south so this gave us better protection I thought. Very small grocery and bakery/pizzeria together, restaurant and pub across the street, we picked some blackberries as a foot ferry, Centurion II was off loading. I heard $8.75 each way. Not far was the “Old Bakery Bed and Breakfast” overlooking a calmer Mud Bay. We met several self-serve vegetable stands along the way. Free range eggs were $5 if they had any. Corn on the cob looked fine but $1.25 an ear. At the top of a hill was a “Free Store”. Everything was free, lots of books, clothing, kitchen gadgets, shoes and the like. Also the recycle center for the Island and near the Fire Department. A school with a soccer field, an art studio with tarps setup for the Saturday market 10-1pm. We confirmed the road to Scottie Bay with a guy on a bike along the way. We saw three people going into the woods on a trail, so I asked them if they were taking a short cut to Scottie Bay, but they weren’t. It just looked like a driveway that had overgrown some, so we stayed on the main road. We saw the lumber mill we were told about. It had a Volkswagen engine from a “Bug”. We saw a Pleated (sp) Woodpecker at the saw mill and took a couple of camera shots. Later the guy on the bike had hitched a ride in a truck and was coming back at us. He stopped the truck and asked us if we were still headed to Scottie Bay. He directed us back on the road to a turn off where we had asked the folks at the driveway. There was a turn off here that led to Scottie Bay after a very short distance like 200 yards maybe. Lots of boats anchored and tied to the dock. We then headed back and took a side road to “Beach Access”. A couple of gals were swimming to their home on the other side. The ferry was back again at the dock when we got down to the pier. Two ladies asked us if we were the carpenters they were expecting. We headed to the boat and Judy made dinner. Later I made an Apple Upside-Down Cake from a book I got at the Free Store, using the apples from Sarah’s orchard that we picked. That put us to bed late as we ate a piece that evening.

‘8-30-10 We had enough hot water for me to take a shower then we left False Bay at 9:42am with winds outside that looked to be enough to sail with. We could see white caps once in a while but they only measured 5 knots or so. We put our sail back in and kept motoring. Another bigger boat did the same too. Judy took a shower on the way. We’re headed to Schooner Cove. Now at Schooner Cove using a reciprocal slip. They do it different now. They put you in an SCYC slip that is out sailing. They don’t have the code for SCYC WiFi site, but there is the Dockside Café right here and they even have a free loaner computer that Judy is using. It’s nice to get rid of our garbage. They have cardboard, paper and metal recycle. I’ll try putting in some pictures in the website. A tad over 16 miles today.

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue



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