Blondie and I planning a two-week trip to Nootka Island and the area, in the middle of August. Our (very tentative) plan is to put in somewhere near Galiano Bay, which I understand is about an hour and a half on gravel roads from Gold River. Is that a good place to put in? Are there other places that are better? Beyond that, I have very little info so far. We'll likely paddle down to Bligh Island and then poke our noses out to the west coast of Nootka Island, venturing out and up as conditions allow. I think our goal is to have a 'base camp' and do day paddles out - perhaps we'll change 'base camps' 2 or 3 times but this isn't going to be a 'pack up every morning' type of trip. So, we're looking for information regarding good places to put in (and parking for two weeks without having to worry about the car, but hopefully without having to spend downtown Vancouver parkade rates!), places to explore (we like sandy beaches and a bit of surf), recommended sources of fresh water, and other pertinent info from anyone who has explored this area before.