New Shopping Shuttle at Westview/Powell River

From the last week in June through the first week in September, a courtesy shuttle is running four times a day from Westview Marina to the town’s mall. The schedule is posted at the head of the gangway and in the harbour master’s office. Safeway, Save-On Foods and Quality Foods also offer grocery delivery to…

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Free Pump-outs in False Creek

This summer, boaters visiting Vancouver’s False Creek can pump out holding tanks free of charge at two city-owned marinas on the waterway. The service is offered as part of a city campaign to reduce high E. coli bacteria levels in the creek and English Bay. Pump-out stations at Burrard Civic Marina, under the Burrard Street…

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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. Vessels operating in…

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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 in the marina courtyard, just outside the…

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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 hopes to have the…

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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…

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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 power for all boats,…

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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…

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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,…

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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

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…

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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…

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