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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Dwarf Dogwood

Since the Dogwood is the provincial flower in British Columbia, "bunch berry," is a protected species. Following pollination and fruiting, dwarf dogwood produces a bunch of bright red berries, hence the name. Bunch berry berries are edible either raw or cooked though they are not particulary tasty. They have further been used both internally and externally to counteract natural toxins from mushrooms, poison ivy and even bee stings. Dwarf dogwood is a perennial and a perennial favourite with hikers as this low ground cover will be found along most forested footpaths on the coast. The white petal-like mane surrounding the central flower are actually specialized leaves called bracts.

Illustration by Manami Kimura