Subject: fall in love with the WEST COAST
(Posted on May 21, 2013 at 06:46AM by Colin Jackson)
the west coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND between UCLUELET & BAMFIELD BARKLEY SOUND & the BROKEN GROUP ISLANDS remain one of the three main recreational components in PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK & hold the title of 'absolute favourites'

the sound was named after sailing captain CHARLES WILLIAM BARKLEY of the IMPERIAL EAGLE ~ the captain named the area after exploring it in 1787 on his BRITISH trading vessel

today, the area provides a true west coast experience in sheltered water  ~ the nutrient-rich bottom water of BARKLEY SOUND is one of the reasons the region has some of the most diverse marine life found anywhere ~  ORCA & HUMPBACK  whales, porpoises, salmon, shrimp, rockfish & others call the area home

it is also known to be a great spot for viewing dry-land wildlife such as minks, martens & raccoons

a visit to the local village of BAMFIELD is a must do ….. a quaint little fishing village, lying on either side of BAMFIELD INLET on the southern shore of BARKLEY SOUND ~ well known for its boardwalk along the harbour, with small art galleries & shops ~  sit and relax & watch a few boats slide by

a number of our crew have had the pleasure of visiting this area & some recall the misty air silhouetting ancient cedar trees as well as a symphony of exhalations as grey whales broke the surface of the water all while sea otters raft together for warmth & safety while dozing and lounging afloat

whether it be a ubiquitous great espresso along the boardwalk bistro in BAMFIELD or the unbelievable anchorage made up by TURTLE ISLAND & its surrounding shelter,  our crew stands ready to get you to this stunning cruising gem

COOPER BOATING can get you there! ~ join or WEST COAST ADVENTURES ~ of if you have sailed there before, inquire about bareboat charters in this unbelievable region