Lurker's report... Left Pt Hardy on the 22nd and paddled up Goletas Channel to Browning Passage. It wasn't raining when I left, but it started within 15 minutes and didn't stop. Paddled along the north side of Nigei Island on Sunday, then across Bate Passage to Vansittart Island. Vansittart is across Gordon Channel from Pine Island lighthouse. Beautiful camp locations on the NE, SE, SW and N "corners" of the island. Saw humpback cow and calf in Bate Passage. I was in the company of about 150 sea otters at Vansittart north end two years ago, but I only saw four this time. Lots of river otters, though. Stayed around Vansittart Monday (did I mention it was raining since restarting Sunday evening?) and on Tuesday paddled along south side of Nigei to a nice cove which is spelled something like Loquillila (don't have my charts handy as I write this). Wednesday started out as a beautiful day, warm sun and glass-smooth water. I paddled down to a small cobble beach with a nice waterfall on the south side of Goletas Channel, west of Songhees Creek beach, then to Songhees beach (got escorted off the beach last year by a black bear sow and cub...). Decided to go back to Pt Hardy a day early, so paddled back in some nasty-ish wind-against-tide sharp waves in Hardy Bay. Most of the sport fishers decided to come in too, so throwing in their boat wakes made for an interesting and fun final paddle across the bay. Did I mention it rained every day but the last one, and that I didn't take my waterproof camera this time??!! Sorry, no pics, but what a great tripa and a great place to paddle. Orcas frequent these islands as they follow the salmon in towards Johnstone Strait, there's great intertidal (and well-known diving) in the passages, good but few camps/small beaches and hardly a soul around (I never saw anyone else for the entire trip.).