Fog mantled our morning, interspersed with dashes of blue sky and subdued flashes of sun. We awoke at the dock of Queen Charlotte City, our final Canadian port, where we briefly undertook preparations for the onward journey. Headed northward towards Alaska, our final views of Haida Gwaii receded into the distance as we sailed into Hecate Strait for a day at sea. Avian life entertained those on deck and at lounge windows, including some charismatic and less frequently seen species, such as rhinoceros auklets and sooty shearwaters.

The morning and evening comprised a series of programs in the lounge, featuring cell phone photography, regional geology, and glaciology. The afternoon included some dramatic waves as we crossed the shallow waters of Hecate Strait, and some opted to experience the crossing from their beds.