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Prince of Wales Reach

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Prince of Wales Reach

Once leaving Vancouver Bay you enter into Prince of Wales Reach.  Again the steep mountains make a dramatic backdrop.  Moorsam Bluff on the right rises sharply 4900 feet (1500 meters) from the ocean.  On the left are slightly lower cliffs and about 4 miles north of Vancouver Bay are another set of pictographs.

When we planned our cruise up Jervis Inlet our intention was to take it slowly and explore the inlet thoroughly.  We travelled very close to the shore which was easy to do because of the depth of the water, cruising at about 4 knots (4.6 mph) and poked into every bay and crevice.  We were fortunate with the weather because all of the Reaches have very few places to anchor, especially if any wind is blowing.  I had read in boating guides of a couple of lesser known spots and they worked out well, but only because of the calm weather.

McMurray Bay Anchorage

“Jazz Age” – The Bight at McMurray Bay

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Low Tide

One beautiful spot was just past McMurray Bay on the west side of Prince of Wales Reach, 3 miles (4.8 km) past the pictographs.  McMurray Bay is a beautiful little spot with enough room for one boat and when we arrived there was a boat already anchored.  I had read about two small bights (bays) just past McMurray.  One was to be avoided because of lots of rocks but the other was suitable for anchoring in calm weather and that’s what we did.  It was a beautiful spot with great views up and down Prince of Wales Reach.

McMurray Bay Sunrise

McMurray Bay Sunrise – looking north

McMurray Bay Sunrise

McMurray Bay Sunrise – looking south

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