New Shuttle Connects Cowichan Bay and Mill Bay

Beginning July 1, a shuttle service will connect Cowichan Bay and Mill Bay, with stops at several wineries, restaurants, and other attractions along the way. Riders pay a single fee and can hop on off at as many places as they’d like during the day. See www.cowichanshuttle.com for details.

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Some Poultry Now Allowed Into U.S.

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 printed on the packaging…

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Boaters Welcome at New Vancouver

This was a new location in the 2015 Waggoner Guide. After a visit, we can highly recommend it. The tribal people of New Vancouver, or Tsatsisnukwomi Village, were forced out of the area in the 1960s by the government. Through much red tape, their ancestral chief, William Glendale, got permission to repatriate the site and…

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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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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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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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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…

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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 than…

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