Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Saving Lives on the Water

When cruising in Canada, we often see the boats of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue at marinas up and down the BC Coast. Once in a while, we see them out on the water training or a rescue mission. They are well-equipped and well-trained. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Did you know…


Haida Gwaii – Update for 2016

Gwaii Haanas Briefings in Vancouver and Port Sidney/Victoria Planning to visit Haida Gwaii this year? There will be two local B.C. briefings this spring. On Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m., there will be a briefing at the West Vancouver Memorial Library in West Vancouver. On Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., there will be…


Is Your Waggoner Guide Missing Pages?

  Some of the 2016 Waggoner Cruising Guides are missing 16 pages from 401-416. This happened when some of the books went through the bindery operation at the printers. For many readers, the loss of these pages might not matter, as they don’t plan to cruise in this area, which covers the northern areas of…


All Aboard! The College Cruise

Sometimes it feels like I’m running a hotel for family and friends. Summer in Alaska usually brings a non-stop parade of guests. They fly in, spend a week aboard, fly out, and a new set of guests arrive. The last couple weeks have felt the same, but instead of Alaska I’ve been wandering Puget Sound.…


Do You Know Your Diesel Engine?

How well do you know your diesel engine? Do you know what the different arrows are pointing at in the pictures below? Have you ever air-locked your engine? Are you nervous about changing the fuel filter on your engine for the first time? Can you change your own oil and filters? Do you want to…


Oak Bay Group Selling April Point Marina and Spa

The Oak Bay Group has been going through a transition since the passing of its founder, Bob Wright, in 2013. A few weeks ago they announced that they were selling their three Vancouver Island resorts — Painter’s Lodge at Campbell River, April Point Resort and Spa (and Marina) on nearby Quadra Island, and Canadian Princess…


Waggoner Flotilla and Seminar Update

Our Alaska Flotilla is nearly full—a recent cancellation has opened up one spot. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like this spot. We still have several spots available on the Desolation Sound and Broughtons Trips. New to cruising? Join us on our San Juan Islands flotilla to learn more about…


Experience the America’s Cup

March 19th | Port Townsend Tucker Thompson, the official host of the 35th America’s Cup (AC35) in Bermuda, will be presenting at Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:15pm as part of his America’s Cup multimedia tour. Tucker’s program includes an overview of the Cup’s storied history, a chance…


NW Explorations Flotilla Adventures to Alaska and Haida Gwaii

Our good friends at NW Explorations offer flotilla cruises with their beautiful charter fleet of Grand Banks and DeFever yachts. This summer, the fleet will cruise from Bellingham to Prince William Sound in Alaska, and visit Haida Gwaii on the way back to Bellingham. Charter boats are still available for the following legs of this…


Garden Bay Hotel, Marina & Pub Closed

The Garden Bay Hotel, Marina & Pub, in Pender Harbour, recently shut down. Repeated phone calls have gone unanswered and the future of the property is uncertain. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.


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New U.S. Customs Procedures for Canadian Boats

Beginning in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has new procedures in place for for Canadian vessels visiting the United States. Canadian vessels are no longer required to purchase a U.S. Customs user fee decal. Instead, they must purchase a cruising license. Cruising licenses are valid for one year. Here is the press release from U.S.…