Toba Inlet

Toba Inlet
by Barbara Sherriff and others, 9-10 August 2014.

Twelve of us took a two-day voyage up Homfray Channel, Desolation Sound, and Toba Inlet aboard the trusty Misty Isles, with Captain Mike Moore at the helm. I asked everyone what their personal highlights were.  Here’s what I learned…

  • Lying in the bowsprit
  • the colour of the water in Toba inlet
  • seeing the black bear along Toba inlet
  • interesting travel companions; they were great travel mates with good stories
  • well fed, wonderful sleep, starting the day with a short trail hike up to the waterfall followed by a delicious breakfast and coffee on a sunny cabin deck enjoying the view and company
  • fresh ripe blackberries to eat on the way to and from the meal cabin, pruned blackberry and salmon berry hedges
  • you can’t beat swimming in the warm waters of Pendrell Sound
  • thank you Captain Mike and helper Jonah for such a fabulous trip!
  • the whole trip
  • being with our friends and showing them our beautiful British Columbia
  • enjoying the stories our captain told us
  • seeing the bear spotted by Bernd
  • This was the best opportunity we found to access and explore the beauty of the ‘Unknown Canada’ of Desolation Sound and beyond. On your own it’s not accessible.  The times of the great explorers of the area like James Cook, George Vancouver and later entrepreneurs and homesteaders came to life through the stories told by our captain Mike.   I always looked forward for the next ‘storytime’.  We had a wonderful trip.
  • Big Thanks to the organizers of the trip. We look forward to doing a similar trip again.
  • wonderful days in a fairy-tale landscape, with the best
    weather you can think of
  • to be with our friends
  • we don’t have anything like this in Germany
  • One of the most impressive trips we have made during our
    vacation here in Canada
  • we even saw one sea lion paddling around
  • Seeing our water, air and land meet in such incredible harmony in
    relief from the world of man
  • seeing Captain Mike sitting on his deck reading stories of Butte Inlet to us.
  • Seeing the heights of the mountains and imagining the depths of
    the inlets, smells, feelings of wind and fresh cool air in the sails
  • distorted growth of ancient trees growing on sheer rock
  • dryness of usually streaming water falls
  • Sharing Pendrell Sound with a few lower down jellyfish makes you realise how bright is the white body that I’ve been protecting from the sun
  • you fit right in with the supermoon of the night before
  • cool pool but no octopi visible.
  • amazing turquoise blue water in Toba inlet
  • Total silence at Toba Wildernest Lodge
  • Misty Isles skipper and his wonderful stories, magnificent accommodation, great shower and flush toilet, the most amazing view over the mountains, great food
  • I was so mellow when I swam in Pendrell Sound
  • great salt water, warm and inviting
  • the super moon over the mountains was spectacular
  • accommodations were wonderful, especially the shower pressure
  • my style of camping
  • The colour of the water in Toba Inlet
  • leaving the many boats behind
  • Mike’s stories, our lovely cabin deck
  • sails up with Mike scampering up the ladder
  • glacial remnants
  • beautiful light
  • the full moon
  • a fabulous view from the cabin, great dinner and breakie
  • thanks Jonah!
  • I loved sailing up Toba Inlet with the two sails up and the beautiful aqua colour of the water
  • swimming in the warm water of Pendrell Sound was wonderful
  • The moon rise over the mountains
  • the wonderful glaciers
  • horns
  • the Crack of the World
  • xenoliths
  • pictographs

Return to Toba Inlet

Return to Toba Inlet
by Heather Harbord, 17 June 2009.

We were fortunate to repeat our 2007 journey to Toba Inlet, courtesy of Captain Mike and the ever trusty Misty Isles.

Again we stopped to admire the pictographs, and got wet when Mike poked the bow of our craft under the big waterfall at the entrance to Toba Inlet.

Then spectacular double waterfall at Racine Creek never fails to impress, and more people got wet.

As usual we stayed at the wonderful Toba Wildernest Resort, where we ate extremely well.  Captain Mike again showed his exceptional culinary skills.   The two days aboard ship and one night at Toba Wildernest cost (including GST) was the same as last time: $305 per person in cabin accommodations (for 10) and $280 per person for campers (2).

Toba Inlet

Toba Inlet
by Heather Harbord, 30 June – 1 July 2007.

To reach Toba Inlet you have to sail through Desolation Sound, so the trip is a two for one.

The Misty Isles is a wonderful vessel as long as you are able to negotiate steep stairs and obstacles on deck.  Some adventurous souls on our trip learned how to get out onto the bowsprit where they stretched out prone for a nap.  Captain Mike Moore, a veteran of 11 years in the Arctic as a Coast Guard Navigation Officer, is very experienced and knowledgeable about the area and stops at every pictograph.

The first day we sailed past Prideaux Haven, the popular anchorage in Desolation Sound, and proceeded up Homfray Channel.  We poked the bow of the boat under the big waterfall at the entrance to Toba Inlet and soaked a few people.  Then we went up to Racine Creek which has a spectacular double waterfall and more people got wet.  On the way back to Pryce Channel we got some wonderful views of the mountains above Forbes Bay.

We disembarked at Toba Wildernest Resort, we had an incredible view from there too.  As supper was prepared, some people climbed the steep trail to the waterfall above.  Our supper of BBQ teriyaki salmon, cooked by the captain, was superb.  He has many talents.

Two of us camped on the lawn where we had ring side seats of the full moon. The rest enjoyed the bunk beds and showers in the comfortable rustic cabins, some with 4 beds to a room.  The trip was sold out by mid March.  The two days aboard ship and one night at Toba Wildernest cost (including GST) was $305 per person in cabin accommodations (for 10) and $280 per person for campers.