Secret Beaches of the Salish Sea: The Northern Gulf Islands
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In the fifth volume in the Secret Beaches series, one of two on the Salish Sea, you'll discover noteworthy beaches in the northern Gulf Islands, including Denman, Quadra, Gabriola, Hornby and Texada. As in his previous volumes, Theo gives full descriptions of each beach so that you'll be able to find the right location for your activity, from group picnics to romantic cuddles, leisurely strolls to wild woodsy walks, family explorations to soul-searching solitary afternoons watching the clouds race across an island-dotted horizon. Discover where to launch a kayak, where to catch some rays or where to spot surf scoters, harlequin ducks and Pacific white-sided dolphins.
Theo's hand-drawn maps are indispensable, as each island marks its public beach access points differently, if they mark them at all. His detailed entries are accompanied by an illustrative photo or painting for each beach. As usual, the charming paintings and photos are done by Theo himself.
most suited to indolence. It is, however, a fascinating bit of shore. Located immediately beside the western tip of a triangular peninsula, this route to the shore gives you good access to a large intertidal area. Composed of swaths of nearly flat sandstone interspersed with significant patches of crushed white shell, the beach extends more than 100 m into Fairway Channel. Suitability for childrenAlthough the smallest children will need a little help getting onto the beach, once there, you can
easily approached by the previous access. The beach is, in some ways, especially interesting because of the areas of fine white crushed shell on the upper shore and the dramatically overhanging chunks of rock along the bank. 10 TINSON ROAD A broad, level beach with areas of smooth sandstone and sand on the west shore of Pilot Bay Location, signs and parkingHead uphill from the ferry and turn left onto Taylor Bay Road. After about 2 km, at a fork in the road, keep on the main through road by
beach. Suitability for groupsWhile this is not the place to seek for a large group gathering, if you are touring the island with half a dozen cyclists or a car full of fellow quilters, you will find enough space for a decadently sun-baked picnic. Except for the two tables at different points on the land, don’t expect facilities. ViewYou are close enough to the ferry that you can see the slip along the shore to your left. Primarily, though, your eyes will be directed across the 2 km of Baynes
beach, and runs along the crest of Red Granite Point. SeclusionIf you swivel your head behind you, you will be aware of a few buildings dotting the area across the road and beside the bay. Keep your view-seeking eyes trained toward the sea, however, and you’ll feel you are in an untouched bit of wilderness. 85 WINDY BAY An isolated rocky bay exposed to southeast winds but protected from northwest winds Location, signs and parkingThe directions for this spot are largely the same as those for
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