What can one say about a place too beautiful for words?
Cruising up Alison Sound, we ran out of synonyms for “wow”, “ooh” and “ah”. Eleven miles and hundreds of photos later, we anchored off the shallows at the head of the Sound. Granite mountains rose vertically to either side, and behind us, the mouths of two rivers and a creek formed a lush green delta that called out for exploring in our kayaks.
Alison Sound extends north and east from Belize Inlet, which in turn branches off from Seymour Inlet. This huge inlet system is separated from the outer coast by the infamous Nakwakto Rapids – a fierce tidal pass that can run more than 14 knots. Unless you have a very high-powered vessel and nerves of steel – or perhaps a death wish – you need to pass in or out of Seymour Inlet only during slack water (the time when the current stops flowing in one direction and starts flowing the other way). The window of slack at Nakwakto is only about six minutes long, but fortunately, we timed our passages well.
As the crow flies, the head of Alison Sound is about 30 nautical miles east of Cape Caution on Queen Charlotte Sound. But because Alison is so far inland, it’s a world apart from the fog, wind and heavy seas that dominate the exposed outer coast.
We spent three perfect days in Alison and saw no other boats. The weather was warm and dry, and it was so calm that we didn’t need to worry about dragging our anchor or swinging onto the sandbars. Swallows darted around us, keeping our floating home wonderfully free of pesky insects. Aside from the birds’ melodious chatter, the only sound was the constant low roar of a waterfall.
Could it possibly get any better than this?
More photos of Alison Sound (click on any photo to enlarge and view in carousel format):
For more on Alison Sound – The Walls Tell a Story: Alison Sound’s Pictographs
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