Posted by: Ann | October 16, 2018

Saturday, October 13th Heriot Bay to Campbell River, Vancouver Island


Heriot Bay Inn end tie, right next to the Ferry dock prop wash


We departed Heriot Bay around 10:45 after breakfast at Java Bay coffee shop.  Almost right away but we saw Humpback whales in the area between Heriot Bay and the BRETON ISLANDS.  First we saw a group of 3, then a group of two further out, and finally one that seemed to be playing or fighting with several sea lions.

We had a 5 kt current going into Discover Bay marina, one of 3 at Campbell River. It was a little tight getting into our assigned slip I-9 so it was nice to have front and rear thrusters;Jon hasn’t been using them in most locations.

The marina is very nice with a good laundry, and modest washrooms surprisingly free hot showers and of course the main reason for coming:  access to an outdoor shopping mall with Starbucks and all the big box stores like Canadian Tire, and several restaurants.  We had lunch at RipTide which may have too many items on the menu to be outstanding at any.  My oyster burger and Jon’s buffalo burger were just ok.

Jon found a Scotia Bank a longer walk away- no foreign transaction fee agreement with Bank of America- and even further is another Thrifty Foods where Jon stocked up on his favorite lunch meats.

We passed the White Spot restaurant on our way back to the marina.  We know nothing about it, but the parking lot is packed.  So we went back and had a delicious BBQ rib dinner.  Even the coleslaw was good.



  1. Glad to see you are enjoying the tug. She is where she belongs. Your photography and prose are great. Len and Mary in Chattanooga.

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