We went on a “WOWSER” Coastal Taxi tour today, we toured the Discovery Islands and went all the way to Johnstone Strait. We saw islands where the rich live, including the owners of London Drugs and more. The highlight of the day was seeing huge sea lions all over the place, swimming in the water, sleeping on the rocks and making a lot of noise. We didn’t spot any whales, I told the tour guide we had a great whale day already this week, we spotted two humpbacks and 9 orcas right in front of our RV this week. We saw seals and dolphins too.
Another cool thing to see were kayaks riding the rapids around Quadra Island. We watched one kayak go for a long ride on one of the huge waves. The Tidal Rapids of Quadra Island and the Discovery Islands of British Columbia, are the most powerful in the northern hemisphere. They have been known to capsize and submerge commercial fishing vessels and tugs. Except for advanced sea kayakers and whitewater kayakers with well-developed skills and intimate local knowledge, paddlers should remain well clear of these features. Like powerful river currents, they can overpower and drown any kayaker with insufficient skills and good judgment. It was amazing to watch these skilled kayakers. The waves in the area were huge, our boat was doing some rocking while we watched.
Discovery Passage is a channel that forms part of the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the Discovery Islands which lie off the British Columbia coast north of the Georgia Strait. It was named by Captain Vancouver for his ship, the HMS Discovery. Most of the eastern shoreline of the passage is Quadra Island, with Sonora Island forming the shoreline at the northern end where Discovery Passage meets Johnstone Strait. We also visited Thurston Island and more, I can’t even remember all the names he listed. It was well worth our $90 Canadian dollars, which was only $68 for us in American dollars. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend Coastal Taxi to all our readers. The owner even invited us to take another FREE ride with him to pick up someone next week in Campbell River. We will be able to see where Ripple Rock was up close and personal on the way to Campbell River. Check back later for more, we are planning a drive to Port Hardy soon, this is as far as you can go north on Vancouver Island, it should be a fun trip.