Cassel Lake & Refuge Cove

Departing from the Squirrel Cove Government dock on the east side of Cortes Island, we head North up Lewis Channel towards West Redonda Island and the granite walls of Teakerne Arm.  With the anchor set near Cassel Falls we disembark to shore for a short, Arbutus lined hike to the warm waters of Cassel Lake for a dip, a swim or a moment of repose amongst the trees and birdsong.  

Upon raising of the anchor, we backtrack our way out of Teakerne Arm, with eyes peeled for the Orcas, Dolphins and Humpback whales known to frequent theses waters. Next stop, Refuge Cove.  This boardwalk community on West Redonda Island was founded in 1913 and once was home to over 200 residents. The general store and post office opened up in 1918, and continue to connect communities to this day.  With a dedicated, year round population of 12, local artisans tend to a bookstore, art gallery, and a bustling restaurant, seeing to it that Refuge Cove remains a social hub where mariners have restocked and refreshed for well over one hundred years. An eclectic rite of passage for travel by water in the Discovery Islands, Refuge Cove cannot be missed! Join us for a relaxing, and unique journey  along the shores of West Redonda and Cortes Island.


Trip departs from and returns to Squirrel Cove Government Dock. This trip includes a short but steep hike to a freshwater swimming lake, and a shore visit to the community of Refuge Cove. Make sure to bring appropriate footwear for hiking. For purchases in Refuge Cove, all forms of payment are accepted. Private washroom onboard. Coffee, tea and homemade cookies from the galley await! 

Day Trips


Depart Squirrel Cove

9am- 3:30pm


July 6, 13, 20, 27

Aug 3, 17, 24, 31

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