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By the time Barb and Bob and my two sleepy grandchildren, Tara and Bryce, emerged from the cottage Donna had breakfast set up on the front deck. While digging into hot blueberry pancakes, bacon, and fresh fruit we tried to agree on a plan. With only two days to kayak there were way too many choices. Tide was wrong for going through Porlier Pass to Galiano. Saltspring was a possibility as were Tent or Reid islands. In the end we settled on a trip to Wallace Island and a circumnavigation of Thetis for day-two.

Getting down to the water from the Clam Bay B&B is a minor challenge. Boats have to be carried from the front lawn, down a few broad stairs to the beach, but for two people its a cinch. And patches of fine gravel, between ribs of sandstone projecting out into the ocean, provide easy launching pads.

In less than half an hour the six of us were underway. Skirting Penelakut Spit on the south side of Clam Bay we turned into Houstoun Passage and headed south past the privately owned Secretary Islands. Gliding silently past wave-sculptured offshore rocks we try not to alarm families of basking seals and flocks of cormorants. At Chivers Point, on the northern tip of Wallace, we cross over to the east side and half a kilometre later slip into the sheltered lagoon of Cabin Bay for lunch on a rocky knoll overlooking Trincomli Channel. Except for a small portion of land around Princess Cove, Wallace Island is a publicly owned marine park with campsites and a network of trails. But there was no camping on this trip – our last one of the paddling season. Instead we pampered ourselves by cruising back to Clam Bay for a hot shower, a cool drink, and a great meal in Donna's cottage.

For guests like ourselves Clam Bay B&B is the ultimate place to relax and wind down but behind the scenes its the incredibly hard work of Donna that makes it all happen. She is one of those super achieving people who seem to accomplish the impossible without ever appearing to be busy. Always smiling, never in a flap, she not only owns and runs the B&B – by herself – she also runs Catering by Donna, which offers everything from traditional English afternoon tea on the lawn to sit-down gourmet dinners for 50 or more on the deck. Her clientele ranges from wedding parties and family reunions to corporate retreats and think tanks.

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