Muirhead Islands

Lasted Visited 9-1-08

Reason to Visit

  • The attraction for us was the islands’ reputation as a great place to kayak or explore by dinghy. The small and limited number of anchorages helps keep the crowds down. You can usually expect to be alone with your nearest neighbor a colony of seals hauled out on the rocks.
  • The trip down Drury itself can be worth the trip. Visit our page on Drury Inlet for more information.

Pluses

  • Great for exploring by dinghy or kayak, even in the rain you see above
  • Fun to visit the seals that hang out on the various drying rocks
  • Western exposure for great sunsets
  • You usually have the place to yourself

Minusus

  • The nearby seals can be entertaining and sometimes a bit noisy.

Things to Do

  • Explore by kayka and dinghy
  • We took the dingy up to Sutherland Bay, checking out the logging operation, the supply boat Sir James Douglass and the floating barge camp & cookhouse, the Cypress Mist.
  • We continued on and saw the marked entrance to Actaeton Sound, but decided against it for this trip. We checked out some interesting anchorages on the north side before we headed back to the boat for some relaxation. There were tons of seals nearby. As night began to fall the barking and grunting increased suc that it seemed as if they were fighting. The ruckus lasted well into the evening.

Location

  • Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia
  • This picturesque group of islands is nestled at the NW end of Drury Inlet.

Approach

  • The approach to the Muirheads involves a bit of weaving between rocks and small islands, but the charts are well marked. If you plan your arrival at low tide, many obstructions are in plain sight.
  Muirhead Islands Approach - Not For Navagation

Muirhead Islands Approach - Not For Navagation

Anchoring

  • Good holding in gravel, mud and shell. Stern tie is a must in order to accommodate 2 to 3 boats
  Muirhead Stern Tie Detail - Not For Navigation

Muirhead Stern Tie Detail - Not For Navigation

  A Panorama View of our Stern Tie

A Panorama View of our Stern Tie