Dundas and Melville Islands

Prince Rupert, British Columbia

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From the Fairview floats to Tugwell Island typically takes 3–4 hours in these relatively protected waters. The crossing from Tugwell to the Lucy Islands puts you in the middle of Chatham Sound and takes about 2–3 hours. This crossing can be dangerous even in fair weather. Strong outflows blow down Portland Canal into the north end of Chatham Sound and can build up steep, heavy seas around the Lucy Islands, especially during an ebb tide. The extreme north end of British Columbia’s Inside Passage comprises the islands that border Chatham Sound on their east and Hecate Strait and Dixon Entrance on their west. Located only 32 km (20 mi.) south of the Alaskan border at their northernmost point, these islands are largely uninhabited and pristine. Their western coastlines are beautiful, rugged and irregular, affording shelter in small bays as well as the occasional sandy beaches. Although exposed and not for the faint of heart, islands such as Porcher, Stephens and Dundas provide some of the best paddling B.C. has to offer.
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

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Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

by Peter McGee (Greystone Books)

From the Fairview floats to Tugwell Island typically takes 3–4 hours in these relatively protected waters. The crossing from Tugwell to the Lucy Islands puts you in the middle of Chatham Sound and takes about 2–3 hours. This crossing can be dangerous even in fair weather. Strong outflows blow down Portland Canal into the north end of Chatham Sound and can build up steep, heavy seas around the Lucy Islands, especially during an ebb tide. The extreme north end of British Columbia’s Inside Passage comprises the islands that border Chatham Sound on their east and Hecate Strait and Dixon Entrance on their west.

Located only 32 km (20 mi.) south of the Alaskan border at their northernmost point, these islands are largely uninhabited and pristine. Their western coastlines are beautiful, rugged and irregular, affording shelter in small bays as well as the occasional sandy beaches. Although exposed and not for the faint of heart, islands such as Porcher, Stephens and Dundas provide some of the best paddling B.C. has to offer.

©  Peter McGee/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Prince Rupert
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 - 10 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 3957: Approaches to Prince Rupert Harbour; 3958: Prince Rupert Harbour; 3959: Hudson Bay Passage; 3960: Approaches to Portland Inlet
Driving Directions: Directions to Dundas and Melville Islands

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