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Adventures await in Desolation Sound

Sanctuary at northern tip of the qathet region is far from 'the hustle and bustle of everyday life'
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Aerial view of Okeover Arm, the gateway to Desolation Sound, on the northern Sunshine Coast.

Nestled within the rugged beauty of British Columbia's coastal landscape lies a hidden gem awaiting discovery: Desolation Sound.

A haven for adventurers, nature lovers and seekers of serenity, Desolation Sound beckons with its pristine waters, lush forests and awe-inspiring vistas. Amid the tranquil embrace of nature, every moment becomes an unforgettable experience.

Imagine waking up to the gentle lapping of waves against your kayak, the sun casting a golden hue upon the tranquil waters.

As you glide through the glassy surface, surrounded by towering cliffs and dense forests, you'll feel a sense of awe and wonder unlike anything you've ever experienced. Desolation Sound offers unparalleled opportunities for kayaking, with countless coves, inlets and islands waiting to be explored.

For those seeking a more leisurely pace, Desolation Sound provides ample opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. With its remote location and limited accessibility, the sound is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing you to unwind and reconnect with nature in its purest form.

Several memorable series have been published by the Peak about characters who have lived in Desolation Sound, including Bernard the GermanThe Cougar Lady ChroniclesHermit of Desolation Sound; and The life and adventures of Linda Syms, oyster farmer of Desolation Sound. The stories by author Grant Lawrence are classics, more of which can also be found in his book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound.

But Desolation Sound isn't just about solitude—it's also a playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. From hiking and fishing to wildlife watching and scuba diving, there's no shortage of activities to keep you entertained. Embark on a hike through forests, where towering cedar and fir trees loom overhead and the air is thick with the scent of pine. Keep an eye out for bald eagles soaring high above, or catch a glimpse of playful seals frolicking in the waves below.

For those with a sense of adventure, Desolation Sound offers some of the best diving in the world. Descend beneath the surface and discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with life. The diversity of marine life is truly astounding. Whether you're a seasoned diver or a novice looking to try something new, Desolation Sound has something for everyone.

Of course, no visit to Desolation Sound would be complete without sampling the cuisine at local establishments. Indulge in freshly caught seafood, sourced straight from the waters that surround you. From succulent salmon to plump oysters, the flavours come alive in every bite. And be sure to wash it all down with a glass of beer or wine crafted locally in the qathet region, perfectly complementing the bounty of the sea.

At the end of the day, as the sun sets in a blaze of fiery colours, you'll find yourself reluctant to leave this magical place behind. But fear not—for Desolation Sound will always be here, ready to welcome you back with open arms whenever you're ready to return.

So why wait? Discover the beauty of Desolation Sound for yourself, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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