Today marks the first day in National Geographic Quest’s exploration of the narrow waterways of Canada. Anchoring outside of Prince Rupert early in the morning, we made our required customs stop before getting back into the wilderness of British Columbia for the rest of the week. Guests spent the morning ashore, wandering around the shops and walking trails that surround Cow Bay Marina. We enjoyed the sunshine, a rare visitor to these temperate rainforest skies. After lunch, National Geographic Quest once again set sail southwards towards Seattle through the Inside Passage.
National Geographic Quest
Lake Eva and Peril Strait
After a morning that threatened rain, the clouds lifted just enough to see the top of the hills that surround Hanus Bay and the river that flows from Lake Eva. We landed on the beach as the tide rose, stepping gingerly over large fields of blue mussels and razor clams before finding the U.S. Forest Service trail that leads to the lake. Later in the summer, these waters are filled with returning pink, coho, and sockeye salmon, which feed not only the brown bears of Chichagof Island, but the forest as well. More than 70% of the nitrogen these trees need comes from the returning salmon as they are dragged through the woods by hungry bears, eagles, ravens, and scavengers. All too quickly, it was time to lift the anchor, and National Geographic Quest wound its way towards Peril Strait, Sitka, and the end of our two-week long adventure. A final beautiful evening on deck served as a perfect capstone to an unforgettable journey that began in the urban cities of Washington and British Columbia and has concluded amongst some of the wildest places left on Earth.