Around the park there are signs of this era, the old steamship stops at Simoom Sound, Minstrel Island and Echo Bay, where day boats brought loggers, fishermen and prospectors from miles around. Nowadays, in remote bays around the park, small entrepreneurs summon boaters with interesting bait. Lagoon Cove on West Cracroft offers a gathering place for recreational boaters who can tie off on their floats. Happy hours commence and potlucks are concocted from the daily catch. Shawl Bay, with its breathtaking scenery, sales of fresh pastries and free pancake breakfasts is another popular stop among the boating community.
One of the other highlights in the summer is Pierre’s regular pig roasts, complimented by side dishes contributed by guests. In these parts, isolated restaurants at Sullivan Bay and Greenway Sound are other noted stops.
When our itinerary leads us east into the mountains, we can pierce one-hundred nautical miles deep into British Columbia’s interior along the corridor that is created by Knight Inlet. Knight Inlet, whose glacial waters become fluorescent teal, punctures B.C.’s coastline farther than any other fjord. Here the mountains tower and waterfall-covered cliffs abound. Regular black bear sightings and the occasional grizzly make this an adventure. Wild intact rivers are teaming with spawning salmon while seals and bald eagles wait for a silvery meal. Many books have been written about this inlet, telling inspiring stories of homesteading, settlement and survival. It is here that one’s chances of a human sighting are slightly less than that of witnessing a foraging bear.