There are no roads to Kwatsi Bay. To access this
remote gem you have to either boat or fly in.
Located just north of Gilford Island on the north side of Tribune Channel, the Kwatsi Bay Marina sits on the edge of the Broughton Archipelago, in the Great Bear Rainforest, nestled on the side of a majestic granite mountain on the mainland side of the Broughtons.
At the end of our day’s cruise to Kwatsi Bay from Forward Harbour, we were following a yacht through Chatham Channel into Knight Inlet. We saw them suddenly stop turning their bow to point up into Knight Inlet. Curious as to why they made the sharp turn and stop, it soon dawned on us that they had spotted something up Knight Inlet. Whales, of course! We sprung into action and followed their lead.
Whale Sighting on first day in the Broughtons!
We slowed to a stop and started to see the whale spouts at the intersection of Tribune Channel by Sewell Island. Only one whale passed us by, going in the opposite direction, it was close enough for us to get a reasonable view and hear it’s air spout. The dozen or so others were way off in the distance, up the inlet and too far away to photograph. The air spouts were quite tall, so we imagined they might have been humpback whales. This was our first day in the Broughtons, we felt lucky to be seeing our first non-orca whale. In addition, we saw an eagle today as we worked our way a total of 60 miles to our anchorage in Kwatsi Bay.
Our decision to anchor, just past the marina the first night, was made because we were so caught up in the still and quiet beauty of our first real stop in the Broughtons. Mother Nature seemed to beg us to pay respect to her bounty before we joined the human activity waiting for us at the Kwatsi Bay Marina.
Kwatsi Bay was our first anchorage in the Broughtons. Once inside the bay we were surrounded by high mountain cliffs on the mainland. They were so high we could barely see the crest, almost as if in a large bowl.