The famous Herbert Fisheries fish & chips. Its actually served out of an old school bus on the far side of the building. Everyone is gaga over this place, THE reason to visit Killarney, they say. Float planes fly in here JUST for the F&C. People drive for hours to sample it. (Killarney is way, way off the beaten path and not on the way to anywhere else.) But come on folks, its just fish & chips. The fish is not even fresh, its frozen. (It is fresh-frozen right off the boat.) The fish does taste good. The fries, however, are pretty greasy. What makes all this possible is gill netting, a very efficient way to catch fish, and a method that is illegal unless one possesses one of a fixed number of licenses, which are only granted to people who can document a certain percentage of Native American ancestry.
These tall ships are often seen in Killarney. They are youth training vessels, a kind of summer camp afloat for teenagers.
Only a few miles from Killarney is one of the prettiest anchorages in the North Channel, Covered Portage Cove. (“Covered” here means “hidden”. There is a very non-obvious short path at the head of the cove that emerges on the other side of this long peninsula.) Here we are anchored in front of the “Indian head bluff”. When viewed from a certain angle you are supposed to be able to see his profile.
Can you see the Indian? Or “First Nations” in Canadaspeak. Perhaps we should instead refer to it as the First National bank.
We dinghied over and chatted with the fellow on this boat later on.
We were anchored just outside of the inner portion of the cove, demarcated by the rock spit. Our charts suggested we might have depth issues in there but we saw much larger boats come and go so next time we will enter.
Finally! A boat even smaller than ours.
Looking out the entrance to the cove.
Covered Portage Cove – We are tucked below a white quartz rock cliff which can look like an Indian head at certain angles. We hike up the rocks and get views of all the boats here and of the bays to the north and west of us. Lots of other boats here, everyone with a story. The older and more beat up, the boat, the more interesting the story. We paddle around in our dinghy and visit. Everyone is on ‘boat time’: plenty of time to have a glass of wine and get acquainted. Many of the boats are elegant amazing yachts, but many are ‘basic boats’ like ours. Resourceful people of all income levels have made their way here and the mix is always interesting.