Level: Difficult and Demanding

Distance: Open-ended

Time: Open-ended

Warning: Remote Location, High Winds, Heavy Seas, Extreme Tides and Tidal Rips

Marine Chart: 3853

Tide Table: Rose Harbour, Copper Islands, Pacofi

Access: The usual, car-free way of reaching Gwaii Haanas National Park is to share environmental impacts by vanpooling through one of the local outfitters. Moresby Explorers, by far the most active, services Sandspit while Queen Charlotte Adventures originates out of Queen Charlotte City. Both are flexible in picking up at local B & Bs or campgrounds and both will supply kayaks and gear and extend the shuttle service via zodiac from Morseby Camp to just about any point along the east coast of Moresby Island, for a fee. Choose a B & B, motel or hotel, campground or other accommodations that is situated close to the departure point.

A Regal Eagle lording it over Carmichael Passage

 

Marine Forecast Terminology as used by Environment Canada

Phrase Knots Kilometres/h
Winds Light 12 knots or less 23 km/h or less
Winds Moderate 12-19 knots 23-36 km/h
Winds Strong 20-33 knots 38-63 km/h
Gale force 34-47 knots 64-89 km/h
Storm force 48-63 knots 90-120 km/h
Hurricane Force 64 knots and over > 121 km/h

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Horsetails

Horsetails

Some would say the first plant: ever! A gigantic earlier relative of the common horsetail thrived in the Carboniferous era and eventually became our present day coal deposits. Containing silica, horsetails make a natural "sandpaper." On the west coast horsetails and salmon slime were used to polish masks, canoes, bone tools and soapstone pipes. In spite of the rough texture of the stalk, the young plant heads can be eaten as asparagus.

Illustration by Manami Kimura