From Shearwater our next destination was Ocean Falls.
OCEAN FALLS. We loved Ocean Falls and it’s hard to describe the feeling you get while walking around. Once upon a time it was a thriving, vibrant community of 5,000 people, completely dependent on a paper mill in a stunning location. When the paper mill closed the town disappeared, mostly. (Reason not to put all your eggs in one basket) The state brought in bulldozers to level Ocean Falls but several remaining residents literally blocked the bull dozers from bulldozing the remaining downtown and homes that hadn’t yet been bulldozed. That was more than 35 years ago.
Essentially Ocean Falls is a ghost town with a few residents, a dam that still provides power, and a fish hatchery. We walked through the town and using our imagination we saw how vibrant it must have been “back-in-the-day”. If you looked past the overgrowth you could even see how at one time how beautifully landscaped the little town was.
Shortly after we first arrived Roger and Arlene (fellow Texans) on their Kadey Krogen, Kama Hele Kai. We met them last year while staying in Sidney then again at the Nordhavn Rally. They were the folks that hosted a happy our at the Nordhavn Rally….um, a Nordhavn Happy Hour on a Kadey Krogen. Once again they invited us for happy hour on Kama Hele Kai. Hi Roger! (I know he reads the blog)
The next day Russell and I walked around Ocean Falls.
I found this online. Before the town closed down.
Screams 70’s! I suspect the benches came out of the hotel.
I LOVED this house and all its character. I asked Russell if we could buy it. He said no.
After we returned our new sailboat friends on Bannister arrived. I gladly walked around the town, to the dam, and the lake again with Hanna. I think I could walk it again and again.
This still provides power.
The lake providing water for power.
To end our day and stay in Ocean Falls we shared ice cream with Bannister.
EUCOTT BAY. Eucott Bay is a hot spring which we were really looking forward to since we enjoyed all the others so much. It was supposed to be lovely and it really, really is. On the bow going in I thought, “Wow, this place is beautiful, we should stay here a few days.” We even saw a bear right after we arrived! Look, see what I mean?
While deploying the anchor there were a few horse flies, (Tammy calls them horse flies, but they’re really deer flies) so glad I had a jacket on! After the anchor was set I went to the cockpit and there were more horse flies in the cockpit than I have EVER seen in my entire life. Additionally, 30 minutes after we arrived two canoes with 12 people in each canoe arrived setting up camp on the shore. This is NOT looking good.
Did we want to brave the hundreds (seriously, hundreds) of horse flies to get to shore where we could then share the hot spring tub with 24 other ppl? We both voted NO. Instead we watched the folks on shore spray themselves with bug spray and swat the flies. As lovely as Eucott Bay is, the next morning we couldn’t leave fast enough. This was disappointing, but I think spring or late fall would be great time to enjoy Eucott Bay. p.s. Russell may now hold the record for killing the most horseflies.
Our view leaving Eucott Bay, forever known to us as Horsefly Bay
Working our way backwards, we do that sometimes, we stopped for a photo-op at Sir Alexander Mackenzie rock. He is the Canadian equivalent of Lewis and Clark. He crossed Canada by land in the late 1700’s, about the time Vancouver was exploring the coast by water. This is the point he determined he had reached the sea, and he wrote his name and the date on this rock. The obelisk memorial was added on top of the rock later.
ELCHO HARBOUR. After I took entirely too many photos of the statue we went into Elcho Harbour, another very pretty anchorage but, while considerably less, there were still plenty of horse flies.
To pretty to have so many horseflies
Elcho Harbour on Dean Channel
After one night we gave up the fight with the horseflies and opted to head further south to Codville Lagoon. We stopped here on the way north last year and liked it a lot. We had three days here while we sat out rain.
PRUTH BAY. Pulling into Pruth we spotted Bannister already anchored. The bay is small, but not deep, and I believe at one time I counted 14 boats anchored in the bay. Something else we are adjusting to. In Alaska we got used to be having anchorages mostly to ourselves. Now we are in the land of crowded anchorages.
Pruth Bay is not a beautiful anchorage but there is a super nice marine research center here with seven incredible beaches to walk to.
Such a pretty garden by the research center
We took the dinghy over to Bannister to say hello and mentioned we wanted to walk to the beach on the other side. Hendrik has been a little under the weather so we took Hanna with us to walk to one of the beaches.
A lovely 15 minute walk through the woods and it opens up to this….
Hanna and Captain Rusty
Naturally when you have sand….
But we aren’t through. We climbed up to the look out point for even more breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
This is what we mean when we say “plans written in sand at low tide”.
We saw this creature in the dinghy. Biggest jelly fish we ever saw, over 2 ft across.
The next day Bannister moved on but we stayed for another day of exploring. This time we went to the North Beach.
A lake on the way to the north beach.
There was more driftwood on the north beach
Something we don’t see often, a SUNRISE picture with an early departure.
Pruth Bay is on my list of favorite places and is well worth the stop for the beaches and incredible views.
All is well.