David and Pearl's Sea Kayaking Trip to Alaska

From Port Hardy, British Columbia to Ketchikan, Alaska

700 Miles over 59 Days from June 13 to August 12, 2009


The Kayak
Daily Journals

We have transcribed our journals (links below) with minimal editing from the entries we wrote each day on the trip, so they include information that probably is mostly interesting only to us (like when we rose and left each morning, as we always hoped we might be getting quicker), and fairly abbreviated descriptions of events, knowing that we wouldn't need a lot to jog our memories.  We present them here in case some of our experiences might be of interest to others as well, especially anyone planning a trip to these areas. 

It should be noted that there are few photos of rough weather or large seas because when they occurred we were usually too busy to take photos and because our camera is not waterproof.  There are also few photos of wildlife as compared to what we saw because our camera is very lightweight and small, but not good at detail from a distance.  Daily mileages are given in nautical miles.

     Port Hardy, BC to Bella Bella, BC (Queen Charlotte Strait, Nakwakto Rapids, Queen Charlotte Sound, Smith Sound, Fitz Hugh Sound, Calvert Island, Queens Sound, Goose Island)

     Bella Bella, BC to Prince Rupert, BC  (Seaforth Channel, Milbanke Sound, Higgins Passage, Laredo Sound, Laredo Channel, Caamano Sound, Campania Island, Union Passage, Grenville Channel)   

     Prince Rupert, BC to Ketchikan, AK (Venn Passage, Chatham Sound, Lucy Island, Hecate Strait, Dundas Island, Dixon Entrance, Revillagigedo Channel)

     Ketchikan, AK to Misty Fiords, AK (Revillagigedo Channel, Behm Canal, Misty Fiords, Chickamin River, Anchor Passage, Bell Arm,  Revillagigedo Island)