This year’s summer send-off was perfection. We got together a gang of pals for an unconventional girls trip aboard The Porpoise.
We packed a literal boatload of sweaters and toques from our pals at Camp Brand Goods onto a sailboat and spent five days island-hopping the Georgia Strait.
If this sounds like an absolute dream, it was. Come relive the journey with us.
Day 1: Pender Harbour to Jedediah Island
In true sailor style, we got up at the crack of dawn to catch the ferry to Sechelt and then drive the coast to Pender Harbour. Here we met up with Captain John and Lyza and their 58-foot classic sailboat—which is smaller than it sounds when there’s seven people involved.
It took a couple of trips in the dinghy to get us and our embarrassingly large stash of comfy sweaters and wine onto the boat. Back to business, Captain John mapped out our route before we set off.
We crossed the strait, sailed around the southern tip of Texada Island and anchored at Jedediah Island in time for a sunset kayak. The rocky shores and kelp beds were washed in cotton candy colours as we paddle the shoreline. It’s going to be a good trip.
DAY 2: Jedediah Island to Hornby Island
Lyza cooked up a mean pancake breakfast and our coffee stayed piping hot in vintage-inspired enamel mugs.
Our first full day was spent following goat trails to the peak of Jedediah Island. We took our time: see “lounging on nature’s mattress” above.
Getting down was more difficult (okay, we got lost) and downright eerie. Wild sheep and an abandoned house are reminders of when the island was last inhabited. After a quick and very cold dip, we set sail over to Hornby Island.
Day 3: Tribune Bay to Harmony Island
The sand at Tribune Bay is so white, it’s hard to believe we’re not somewhere more tropical.
Fun fact: Nine out of ten doctors recommend beachcombing in a Carli Suit.
Captain John navigated us north to Harmony Island, where the islands become more mountainous, blips of land thick with trees.
**Trip highlight alert**
That night it rained lightly, just enough to make the water sparkle. Seriously, the phosphorescence was insane and the water was the warmest we’d had all trip!
Between making glittery snow (sea?) angels and jumping in at least seven times, we played like a bunch of kids. And we loved it.
Day 4: Harmony Island to Nelson Island
For our last night, Captain John and Lyza hosted us at their rustic log cabin on Nelson Island.
We scavenged oysters on the beach and discovered the heavenly magic of campfire oysters. (Throw in garlic, butter, havarti, soy sauce, and hot sauce and you’ll know what we’re talking about.)
Day 5: Nelson Island to Pender Harbour
Our final day was spent cruising back to Pender Harbour and soaking in the last of the trip. Sitting on the top deck of The Porpoise prompted the perfect moment to look back on our year and reflect on the milestones we’ve reached. We opened the Nettle’s Tale flagship store this year—it’s about time we celebrated!
Thanks Captain John and Lyza, we’re forever grateful for adventures that take us through our BC’s backyard and yet so far away from the stress of our daily live.
Look at this Brady Bunch of semi-sailors, already planning next year’s trip on The Porpoise.
Stay tuned to see a video recap of this incredible trip, coming soon!