Vacation Experiences


Desolation Sound: 08/09 September 12

Once again this is an outing rather than a vacation. We were two of twenty-eight members of the Comox Probus Club who went on a dinner cruise in Desolation Sound.

Because of the distance involved and the ferry schedule of only four sailings per day between Comox and Powell River, an overnight stay at the "Historic Lund Hotel" was required. (Around here, anything built before WWII is "historic" and the Lund hotel was built in 1905.)

Lund is a very small community at the end (or the beginning) of highway 101, the Sunshine Coast Highway. Travel to Lund from the Lower Mainland requires two ferry rides, one across Howe Sound (Horseshoe Bay to Langdale) and one across Jervis Inlet (Earles Cove to Saltery Bay). There is no highway north of Lund which correctly advertises itself as "Gateway to Desolation Sound". Access is by boat or float-equipped aircraft.

There are very few businesses in Lund. Nancy's Bakery (above) served up a very good lunch of cinnamon roll and coffee. There's a shop for locally made sweaters and a few potters. We did purchase a locally-made wood-fired-kiln vase.

Desolation Sound is a renowned destination for boaters on the West Coast. The scenery is spectacular  and there are numerous safe anchorages. Many years ago we took La Querida, our 30-foot Rawson sloop to Desolation Sound and anchored in Melanie Cove where it poured rain for three days.

A very good, mainly seafood buffet dinner was served on board the 47-passenger vessel.

The weather was perfect and the sunset spectacular.