If one is to sail the prevailing winds south, the course to Tumbo Island provides a beautiful broad reach. The farthest south of the Gulf Islands also proves to be the most remote and private, as few boaters dare the treachorous enterance between Cabbage and Tumbo reefs. Once tucked safely inside guests will enjoy a plethora of wildlife and panoramic scenes. More than one passenger has remarked that the sheer volume of noises produced by the resident wildlife rivals that of the Costa Rican jungle.
At the center of the archipelago, Saltspring Island is a cruising magnet. Shops and restaurants on Saltspring proudly feature local goat cheese and island grown lamb. To the south, age old petroglyphs decorate boulders on the beach in Fulford Harbour.
Many smaller islands dot the center of the group. One-boat bights provide peaceful stops among the islands ending with DeCourcy Island where cult leader Brother Twelve held sway over a hoard of devoted followers in the 1920’s.
At the top of the Gulf Islands, the even narrower, s-curved Dodd Narrows, where the current runs eight to ten knots on spring tides, accesses the broad grassy fields, teaming tidepools and lovely trails on charming Newcastle Island, directly across from the community of Nanaimo.