We were greeted by a marvelous sunrise this morning as a beautiful golden light climbed over Mount Baker and the Cascade Mountain Range. With a fall squall moving in from the southeast, National Geographic Venture sheltered in a protected cove near Stuart Island, which served as the perfect starting point for hiking and kayaking adventures.

A wonderful view of Turn Point and the boundary between the US and Canada greeted some of our hikers while picturesque trails and Canadian maples with their leaves turning gold framed the houses and farmland of this unique island.  

In the afternoon, we returned to San Juan Island and explored the little community of Roche Harbor. This community featured a few surprises, including a garden dedicated to some magnificent sculptures and a mausoleum tucked into the fir and cedar forest behind the town.  

Tonight, we pull anchor and cross the border for Victoria, the capital of the British Columbian province.