Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017

Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017 Alert to boaters planning to travel through the Swinomish Channel in the 2017 summer/fall season.  Due to work on the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the channel, the bridge will rotate to close and the Swinomish Channel will be closed to boat traffic during various times…

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Genoa Bay Marina in British Columbia

Have you ever visited a destination and after a couple of days you just don’t want to leave? Where the service is second to none and the people operating the marina love what they do. We had such an experience when we visited Genoa Bay Marina, British Columbia the first time in the summer of…

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Genoa Bay Marina

Changes Come to Cowichan Village

Changes Come to Cowichan Village Cowichan Bay, a long-time favorite with many boaters, has seen some recent changes. Fishermen’s Wharf, located behind the breakwater, is the main facility in Cowichan Bay that offers transient moorage. Dungeness Marina was recently sold and no longer offers transient moorage. Bluenose Marina is currently on the market but still offers 100 feet…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Cowichan Valley

Landon’s Cruising Report – Cowichan Valley Another hop and a skip south, we arrived at Maple Bay Marina via Sansum Narrows.  Maple Bay, Genoa Bay, Cowichan Bay, and the inland city of Duncan make up the greater Cowichan Valley area on Vancouver Island. Duncan is known for its excellent Farmer’s Market, one of the best in…

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View of Maple Bay Marina.

Canadian Coins Are Celebrating 150 Years

                    As part of Canada’s 150th celebration this year, the Canada Mint has issued 48 commemorative coins! Canadian Coins – Check Your Change Many of the 48 special coins are collector coins. However, a number of one-of-a-kind coins are already in circulation like the two-dollar coins,…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Discovering Vesuvius

Landon’s Cruising Report – Discovering Vesuvius From Chemainus, we took another short hop south, this time to the tiny village of Vesuvius located on the northwest side of Salt Spring Island. Boaters are quite familiar with the town of Ganges on the east side of the island but often overlook the more remote, quiet setting…

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Sunset at Vesuvius in British Columbia.
Jim Ryan at Lagoon Cove.

The Axe that Nearly Felled Lagoon Cove

Lagoon Cove Marina on the northeast end of W. Cracroft Island in the Broughton Archipelago has long been a favorite destination for boaters who are drawn by its unique charm and beauty. With the passing of Jean’s husband Bill, Jean decided it was time to sell the marina property. She ran the marina on her…

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Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 12 – Shearwater

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 12 Shearwater Marine & Resort Day 12 – Thursday Small improvements continue at the resort. The menu in the pub has been updated. The stores continue to evolve with a remodel and expansion of the grocery store. There is a new fitness center located amongst the shops, The store “Hodge Podge” continues…

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Shearwater Resort & Marina
Murals in Chemainus, BC.

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Charm of Chemainus

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Charm of Chemainus From Ladysmith we continued a few miles south to our next stop, Chemainus, a tourist town known for its large murals painted on the sides of many buildings by professional artists. The murals are taken from historic photographs and research of Chemainus’ past history. For a self-guided tour,…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Indulgence at Ladysmith

Landon’s Cruising Report – Indulgence at Ladysmith Today we departed Nanaimo and transited Dodd Narrows an hour before slack; the current was running at 3 knots.  We arrived early to avoid the onslaught of boats that would be transiting the Narrows at slack during this busy summer. Passing through with only one other boat, we continued…

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Goodies at the Ladysmith Town Bakery.