Princess Louisa Inlet, BC

Monk 36 LimerickOur cruising guide states that Princess Louisa Inlet is the “‘holy grail’ for cruising people all over the world”. It did not disappoint. After a 40 mile trek up beautiful Jarvis Inlet we arrived at the entrance to Princess Louisa: The Malibu Rapids – which can run up to 9 miles an hour.  We arrived a few hours before slack tide and took a look at the pass. Here is a video of when probably not to enter the inlet in a slow boat. 

When the tide turned our transit was smooth sailing. 

At Malibu Rapids is a beautiful lodge that was built for the rich and famous back in the 1930s and is now being used as a youth camp.Malibu Rapids, Princess Louisa Inlet, BCWe cruised another four miles up the inlet, surrounded by 6,000 foot fjord walls and water falls, to arrive at Chatterbox Falls and the free dock. Note the size of the boats in the center of the photo compared to the surroundings.Princess Louisa Inlet and Monk 36 LimerickAnd looking the other way.Princess Louisa Inlet, BCKayaking in my inflatable.Princess Louisa Inlet, BC Donations are accepted for the free dock.Princess Louisa Inlet, dockPrincess Louisa Inlet, Chatterbox Falls Mike and Chatterbox FallsPrincess Louisa Inlet, Chatterbox FallsPrincess Louisa Inlet, BC Chatterbox Falls DSC_0779DSC_0798Dinner on the bow.Dinner on the bow. Limerick Monk 36We also spent a couple of nights at the other anchorage in Princess Louisa Inlet: McDonald Island.Princess Louisa Inlet, BC McDonald Island Monk 36 Limerick at anchorThere was an abundance of oysters and mussels for us to enjoy. We made it just in time before the season closed on May 31.DSCF0300 DSCF0272 DSCF0256 DSCF0220 DSCF0192Breakfast on the flybridge with this view.Breakfast on the flybridge. Limerick Monk 36Monk 36 Limerick, binoculars

Right now we are in a marina for the night, stocking up on food, defrosting the fridge, cleaning the boat, doing laundry, and catching up on internet. Oh, and taking showers – in Mexico we could just jump in the ocean and then have a quick rinse but the water here is very cold – a water-maker is definitely on our upgrade list!