VTS Changes in Canada

VTS Changes in Canada As of April 21, 2015, MCTS Tofino, better known as Tofino Traffic, was shut down. Vessels previously calling Tofino Coast Guard Radio should now call Prince Rupert Coast Guard Radio. The MMSI for Tofino Coast Guard Radio will be discontinued. Vessels using VHF DSC should now use Prince Rupert MMSI number 003160013. Ves...
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Maple Bay Extends “Sunday Music with Stew”

Maple Bay Extends “Sunday Music with Stew” Maple Bay Marina’s “Sunday Music with Stew” live entertainment feature will continue through July and August. Stew is a dynamic duo band comprised of Brent Hutchinson from Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band, and Terry Wicks, whose commercial CD recordings include “The Best of Both Sides.” Performances are ...
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Turn Point Lightkeeper Quarters Now Open

Turn Point Lightkeeper Quarters Now Open The Turn Point Preservation Society has restored the first floor of the lightkeeper’s quarters and opened it for visitors. During the summer months, volunteers lead tours Tuesday-Sunday at 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm. Restoration work continues on the upper floors of the building, and the Preservation Society h...
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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #4

Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #4 Reid Harbor, San Juan Islands, July 18 Earlier reports have tended to follow the calendar in what I call a “First we went here and then we went there and gee wasn’t it fun” storyline. The calendar approach certainly has its place. I recently finished Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad, Vols. I & II, in which Twa...
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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #2

Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #2 Cortes Bay, Desolation Sound, June 28. For the past three nights we’ve been stuck at the dock in Cortes Bay, waiting for gale force winds to subside in Johnstone Strait. “Stuck at the dock” misstates our situation. We’re at Seattle Yacht Club’s wonderful Cortes Bay outstation, with excellent docks, water and ...
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June Destination Updates

June Destination Updates Some Poultry Now Allowed Into US Earlier in the year we reported that poultry and eggs were not allowed from Canada into the US. In mid-June this restriction was eased. Now, poultry and eggs from any province other than Ontario are permitted into the US. To avoid hassles, be sure a country and province of origin is...
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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Flotilla Fun

Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Flotilla Fun To see this report with photos, click here. Over the last several weeks I led a group of five boats north from Anacortes to Ketchikan. Throughout the trip – and despite having travelled the same route several times before – I was awed by the Inside Passage. I was awed by the scenery and wildlife, of course, but ...
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Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: A Spectacular Summer

Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: A Spectacular Summer To see this report with photos, click here. The weather in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and along the Inside Passage has been spectacular for boating during May and June. While this may not be good news for future water supplies and forest fires, the marinas and resorts in the San Juan Islands are already...
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Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #1

Bob Hale’s Cruise Report: #1 Before beginning, Hello, Pam. Pam is that really nice lady at the Y. She is interested in our boat travels, and asked several times if I would be contributing cruise reports this year. Pender Harbour, B.C., June 23. We’re finishing our second full day at the Seattle Yacht Club outstation in Garden Bay, at the back...
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Roche Harbor Updates

Roche Harbor Updates Winter was busy at Roche Harbor. The old pool deck was removed and a new deck installed. The dispensers and equipment on the fuel dock were replaced. And the restrooms on the pier, next to the Lime Kiln Café, were fully renovated. The popular cafe, traditionally open for breakfast and lunch, will also be open for dinn...
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“Glamping” Now Available at Several State Parks

“Glamping” Now Available at Several State Parks The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island. It’s called “glamping” – a style of camping that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. Overnighters visiting the beautiful park on Orcas Isl...
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State Park Docks Reinstalled for Summer

State Park Docks Reinstalled for Summer Many Washington State Park docks are removed in winter to prevent storm damage. Those docks have now been reinstalled and will be in place throughout the summer boating season. However, the dock at Doe Island, which was damaged in a storm several years ago, has not yet been replaced....
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