Between mainland Canada and Vancouver Island, you’ll find an archipelago of 10 land masses that make up the Discovery Islands. This is where the Pacific Ocean is quieted from its frothy fury in the open sea to a serene waterway that meanders and twists between the islands.
National Geographic has called the island chain one of Canada’s Places of a Lifetime, where boaters meander and explore the water and coves. The summer months between May and September create the perfect conditions for kayaking, diving, whale watching, beachcombing, fishing and hiking.
Dent Island, where the lodge is located, sits in the northwest corner of the island cluster, giving our guests the ideal waypoint during their boating excursion.
“The lodge is a great place to visit for the day or a bit longer,” said Justin Farr, the lodge manager. “The marina is capable of handling boats of any size depending on the draft and the lodge offers stunning views for dining. Plus, you’re always welcome to schedule a fishing trip with one of our experienced guides.”
Here’s one potential route to consider if you’re boating the Discovery Islands.
This is a great jumping off point given its location and numerous stores to source provisions. It’s not unusual for visitors to return several times to restock supplies before heading back out. It should be noted that while there are plenty of places to stop during your cruise, you might be limited in what you can purchase.
Quadra and Cortes Islands
These isles north of Campbell River are the most populated and popular in the island chain.
The beaches, trails, lakes and parks on Quadra Island provide plenty of options for outdoor activities. Even more impressive is the First Nation cultural experiences. The Nuyumabaless Cultural Centre has curated an impressive collection of historic artifacts and art. You can take a guided tour of petroglyphs, watch traditional dancers and artists at work or learn how natives cook salmon.
Cortes Island offers visitors quaint communities, marine parks, white sand beaches and saltwater lagoons for exploring.
Thurlows and Cordero Channel
Continuing north toward East Thurlow Island allows you to swing into Blind Channel that separates West and East Thurlow Islands. This narrow channel has strong currents that requires planning to traverse, but you get rewarded with the beauty of the land and quaintness of marinas that dot the route.
Rounding East Thurlow Island and heading south puts you on a direct course for Dent Island and the lodge. Tie up at the marina and visit our restaurants where you’ll overlook the Cordero Strait and Canoe Pass rapids and dine on a meal carefully prepared from local ingredients.
You’ll have access to the gym, lounge, hot tub, sauna and showers. And if you’re interested in fishing for the renowned British Columbia salmon that ply the nearby waters, book a trip with our guides that know where the fish are biting.