Our passage from Schooner Cove to Jedediah Island across the Strait of Georgia was a little rough. We spent the morning watching the marine weather forecast and waiting for the wind to decrease, which it did a bit. We left at 1500 because we saw that the wind was decreasing according to the ocean buoy reports.
The sea was very lumpy. The waves were bigger than we expected and the motion of the boat was pretty uncomfortable. Ellery and I discussed our options but we decided to just keep going as the whole crossing was only about 2 hours and 14.5 miles. We kept the engine on with the sails so that we could go a bit faster.
I felt a bit sick in the cabin so eventually we all came out into the cockpit. Up on deck I was holding onto Amelia with one hand and holding onto the boat with the other so I didn’t get thrown side to side. Ellery held on to Maddie to keep her safe. Maddie thought it was great fun, she didn’t seem concerned at all. She even did a ‘nature’ pee in the cockpit.
I was the one concerned as there were some bigger waves every so often that really threw the boat around. Luckily Amelia didn’t fuss at all, in fact she slept through the entire passage.
Finally we reached calmer waters in Bull Passage. We realized after the crossing that the big waves were likely due to previous high winds and that the wind did not decrease as much as we thought it would.
We also had not secured for sea that well as all our books came off the shelf into the floor. Anything else that wasn’t secured was thrown onto the cabin floor but nothing was broken.
We motored through beautiful Bull Passage into Deep Bay where we dropped our anchor around 1745. This is quite late in the day for us to arrive at anchor. As the name implies, it is deep but narrow so we also tied a stern line to shore. There were three other boats when we arrived. We had a quick dinner of Annie’s mac & cheese with broccoli and we were off to bed.
We slept well and the next day right after breakfast we got in the dinghy and Ellery rowed us to shore so we could explore Jedediah Island.
We were loaned a book titled Jedediah Days by Mary Palmer and I was able to finish it while we were anchored in Deep Bay. I didn’t know anything about Jedediah previously but reading the book got me really excited to explore the island.
A brief history: in 1949 Mary Palmer and her first husband bought Jedediah Island. Jedediah is 243 hectares in size. It didn’t have any services and only two people were living on it, a house and a few out buildings when they purchased it. She brought her young boys with her to live on it during the summers of the 50’s & 60’s. She researched the pioneering lifestyle and succeeded in living there for a whole year at one point. She always dreamed of retiring there and in 1973, she and her second husband moved to Jedediah full time. The two of them lived there until they were in their 70’s in the early 1990’s.
We walked a lovely path from Deep Bay, through an old growth forest and a meadow to Home Bay.
We saw about a dozen rogue sheep (see below) on the way and enjoyed listening to them baaaa.
Home Bay is where Mary and her family lived and it was fascinating to see the old house and barn. The orchard is still there with fruit growing on the trees.
Above is looking from the house into Home Bay
Above is Mary Palmer’s house.
When Mary Palmer and her husband Al Palmer decided to leave Jedediah in the early 1990’s, they wanted to make sure it was protected and could be enjoyed by everyone.
Due to the fact that Jedediah Island was privately owned for many decades and is now a B.C. Marine Park, it is a reminder of the diversity and vulnerability of the natural ecosystems of coastal BC.
As a result of the Palmer’s generosity, the fundraising efforts of Friends of Jedediah, a gift from the Dan Culver estate and many other contributions, Jedediah became a B.C. Marine Park on March 6, 1995.
We really enjoyed Jedediah Island because of the history and because it is so beautiful. We are definitely going back again!
Later than afternoon, we went for a dinghy ride to check out the other bays nearby where we could anchor. We love exploring and we also got to chat with some other boaters, which is always enjoyable.
Ellery also let Maddie try driving the dinghy.
We had another cozy night at anchor in Deep Bay before we headed to the very laid back Lasqueti Island the following day.