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perto de Deep Cove, British Columbia (Canada)
February is a quiet time on this otherwise busy summer inlet with lots of both pleasure and working motor traffic. Due to the steep cliffs on both sides of this fjord-like stretch of water, wakes bounce off the sides and the chop can be quite challenging. On this day, I saw perhaps a dozen fishing boats and other pleasure craft, and really only had a steady north wind and outgoing tide with which to contend.
I launched at Deep Cover Canoe and Kayak, and since it was high tide at the start, I actually put in from the long stone stairs that lead down to the beach. It is just over 17 kilometres to the Wigwam Inn at the north end of the Arm, and I took a slightly longer route back to make it just over 36 kilometres, or 19 1/2 nautical miles, round trip.
I kept a steady 6 kph (3.3 knots) on the way up into the wind and against the tide. I kept to the west shore to attenuate the north or north-north-west wind, and returned on the eastern shore with a steady breeze helping a bit, but also bringing up lots of chop. On the return, even fighting the rollers and sometimes breaking whitecaps, I made between 7.5 and 8 kph (4.3 knots) most of the time.
The waterfalls were especially active on this warm (12 deg C) and rainy day during an otherwise soaking wet and snowless winter.