Quait Bay Shore Access

Quait Bay Shore Access The caretakers at the resort in Quait Bay, near Tofino, BC, advise that cruising visitors to the bay are no longer permitted to walk on the resort property. While visitors were allowed in the past, the resort owner has asked that the practice stop as a result of liability concerns....
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Man Overboard!

Man Overboard! As I broke the surface I instinctively swiveled my head, scanning the horizon. Thirty feet away, the dinghy was slowing to a stop. Thank god, I thought, as I began swimming towards it. A moment before I’d been skimming across the water at 20 knots, motoring from Echo Bay back to Shallow Bay. The water was smoot...
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UPDATE: Cordero Lodge has New Owners

UPDATE: Cordero Lodge has New Owners Laurie and Sandra Tanguay recently purchased Cordero Lodge from longtime owners Doris and Reinhardt Kuppers. The Tanguays plan to continue operating the lodge in much the same way the Kuppers’ did. During the winter they have installed a new septic system, built additional finger floats, and repainted the lodge. Addi...
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NEWS FLASH: Shallow entry to Peninsula Yacht Basin

NEWS FLASH: Shallow entry to Peninsula Yacht Basin Reader Rick Smith recently wrote to us that the channel into Pensinsula Yacht Basin in Gig Harbor no longer has a minimum depth of 10 feet. Writes Rick: “Please be advised we ran aground going in (in a channel where the person there said there was a minimum of 9 ft) 0.14 metres (.45 feet) of tide. We draw 6.5 ft. Tha...
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UPDATE: New Management, Food at Blakely Island Store & Marina

UPDATE: New Management, Food at Blakely Island Store & Marina The Blakely Island Store and Marina is one of our favorite stops in the San Juans. Its relaxed atmosphere and proximity to Anacortes make it a perfect stop when first arriving in the San Juans or before heading back to the mainland. The Blakely Island Store & Marina is open for business. This year, Ben and K...
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UPDATE: New Marina: Moutcha Bay Resort

UPDATE: New Marina: Moutcha Bay Resort As I meandered my way through Nootka Sound, looking for a good anchorage, I stumbled upon a brand new marina: Moutcha Bay Resort, in Moutcha Bay. At first I assumed it was a high-priced sport fishing lodge, of which there are many on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Typically, these facilities don’t welcome cruisi...
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UPDATE: New Mooring Buoys in Watmough Bay

UPDATE: New Mooring Buoys in Watmough Bay The San Juan County Land Bank has installed three new mooring buoys in Watmough Bay, on Lopez Island. The buoys are free to use. Watmough Bay is one of the most picturesque anchorages in the San Juan Island, and the new buoys make visiting easier and more environmentally friendly. Tim Clark sent us the following inf...
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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Boundary Islands

Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Boundary Islands The Northern Boundary Islands – Matia, Sucia and Patos – are my favorites in the San Juans. Their sandstone geology­ – sculpted by wind and water – is different from the rest of the San Juans. Their many trails provide excellent hiking. And their location, north of Orcas Island, makes them feel more remote tha...
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New Managers, Upgrades at Lagoon Cove

New Managers, Upgrades at Lagoon Cove Lagoon Cove Marina in the Broughton Archipelago will have new managers for the 2015 summer season. Pat and Bob retired and have been replaced by Heidi and Lyle. Over the winter, they’ve been busy upgrading docks and adding a new south dock. Owner Jean Barber said Lagoon Cove will be open for business as usual this su...
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Pierre’s Echo Bay Installs New Hot Tub, Other Upgrades

Pierre’s Echo Bay Installs New Hot Tub, Other Upgrades Every year Pierre Landry adds more to his marina resort at Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. New buildings, cabins and trails have all been part of past winter projects. This year, watch for a new dock area, a new landscaped fire pit area, and a hot tub! Yes, a wood-clad, aluminum hot tub, with salt water heated b...
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NEWS FLASH: Roche Harbor Updates Their Guest Docks

NEWS FLASH: Roche Harbor Updates Their Guest Docks Roche Harbor, among the most popular marinas in the San Juan Islands, has worked throughout the winter to improve their facilities for visiting boaters by replacing many of the worn “Guest Docks” in the older section of the marina. Visit www.rocheharbor.com for more information on Roche Harbor. Roche Harbo...
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NEWS FLASH: Bill Barber of Lagoon Cove Passes On

NEWS FLASH: Bill Barber of Lagoon Cove Passes On After retiring from a successful career in advertising, Bill Barber, with his wife Jean, set about transforming Lagoon Cove into one of the premier marina destinations in the Broughton Archipelago. Bill seemed to thrive on the challenges of operating a business in remote British Columbia. The work helped keep his mind ...
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