Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia
Blunden Harbour to Dixon Entrance with Original Research on the Queen Charlottes
Expanded Third Edition

Updates to Second Edition


Updates are necessary either to note changes that have occurred since the time of publication or to correct a typographical error. We make our best effort to make our readers aware of any updates.

1. Canadian Marina Frequency Changes
As of January 2004, Canadian Marina Radio Frequencies have been changed to 66A. However, some marinas on the North Coast remain on Channel 73.

2. Page 49: Miles Inlet Diagram
The narrowest part of the inlet has depths of 1 to 2 fathoms at zero tide (this is not noted on the diagram). An updated diagram is available as an Adobe Acrobat file by clicking here.

3. Page 113: Bella Bella
A new Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat station opened in the summer 2004.

4. Page 122: Pruth Bay
In 2004, access to West Beach through the Hakai Beach Resort was in dispute. For current status of accessing the public path, contact B.C. Parks, 540 Borland St., Williams Lake, B.C. V2G 1R8 or fax 604-398-4686. In season, contact the Hakai Park Ranger.

5. Pages 206, 236 236, & 278: Typo in text and Chapter Maps
Klekane Inlet NE of Butedale is incorrectly spelled as Keekane. An updated diagram is available as an Adobe Acrobat file by clicking here.

6. Pages 207-208: Reid Passage
From the S end of Reid Passage into Mathieson Channel there appear to be significant cross-track errors when using routes on electronic charting. This is due most likely to 1) errors in the chart 2) magnetic anomalies. A vessel's track can be as much as 75 yards W or S of a waypoint taken off charts. Visual navigation is required.

7. Page 211: Arthur Island Cove
A log-booming operation was going on in the bay south of Arthur Island in 2004 at 52°26.41'N, 126°17.52'W.

8. Page 218: Culpepper Lagoon
The channel width at the entrance to Culpepper Lagoon is about 80 feet wide between the rocky shores. The center 30 feet of the channel appears to be the fairway with a minimum depth of 10 feet at zero tide.

9. Pages 222-223: Bottleneck Inlet
A dangerous deadhead extends about 20 inches from the bottom of the inlet in under water at high tide. An orange flag on a 3-foot steel stake was placed on the top of the deadhead in May 2004. Coordinates:
52°42.597'N, 128°24.009'W

10. Page 223: Wallace Bight
Anchor in 4 fathoms over a mud bottom; good holding.

11. Page 267: Emily Carr Cove
CHS issued a Notice to Mariners in October 2003 as follows: "Groundings have occurred by vessels attempting to enter the unnamed cove on the west side of Emily Carr Inlet near the entrance. The passage on the north side of the large island in the entrance to this cove is narrow, shallow and obstructed by drying rocks. The west end of this passage has a large drying rock in the centre. Mariners must favour the south side and go close to a large fallen tree. Local knowledge and prior reconnaissance at low water is recommended before any attempt is made to enter this cove."

12. Page 277: Tuwartz Lagoon Cove
Please change the longitude for the 7 fathom anchorage that reads 128.32.41W to 129°32.41'W.

13. Page 278: Correction on Chapter 8 Map
Kitamaat [not Kitimaat] Mission should read Kitamaat Village.

14. Page 298: MK Bay Marina
Marina phone number is 250-632-6401

14. Page 331: Photo Cow Bay
As of May 2003, PRR & YC monitors CH 73.

15. Page 435: Sandspit Marina
The new Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat station is operational as of summer 2004.

16. Page 523: Buck Channel
An underwater rock, dangerous to surface navigation is located at 53°06'08.8"N, 132°34'36.8"W; depth of 2.4 meters. (Courtesy of Steve Hulsizer, S/V Osprey.) Note: Steve's wife & boating partner is the author of two beautiful nautical books Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island's West Coast and Glaciers, Bear and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska.




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