In 2013 we added Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to the Waggoner Cruising Guide. Publisher Mark Bunzel had visited Haida Gwaii and raved about the experience. When I talked with boaters who’d visited, most raved about it, too. I knew I needed to go, but when? Finally, this summer, I made…Details
Pender Harbour, July 6. For the first time in more than 20 years we didn’t get to the Broughtons. Day after day, the winds in Johnstone Strait began at 20 knots northwest, building to 35 knots by evening. Conditions would have changed if we waited long enough, but we need to be back in Roche…Details
“Nothing can replace local knowledge and Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia provides excellent local knowledge from a seasoned research and writing team. The Douglasses have personally researched several thousand anchor sites over the entire coast.” George Eaton, Director, Hydrography, Pacific Region, Canadian Hydrographic Service Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia takes seafaring…Details
US Customs in Ketchikan is now accepting NEXUS and I-68. If you and all of your passengers are part of the NEXUS or I-68 programs, call ahead with your BR number and you will most likely be cleared by phone. Call the Ketchikan CBP office directly at 907-225-2254. Because of additional staff, Ketchikan US Customs…Details
While the docks are showing their age, there is a new 285’ dock with inside and outside moorage. The new dock is outside A dock and is reserved for large vessels. It offers 50 and 100-amp power. Renovations are underway on A dock.
Last year, the Garden Bay Hotel, Pub and Marina was sold. The old docks have been cleaned up and the pub’s food is still good. Dining out on the deck overlooking the harbor on a sunny day is a part of its allure. Fisherman’s Resort and Marina was sold to a new owner from Vancouver…Details
A fairly new and wide 450’ float is available at Egmont with 20 and 30-amp power. One hundred and ten feet of space is reserved for short-term (48-hour maximum) moorage.
The friendly new owners have been working hard to improve the facility. The store and resort upland facilities have been updated and painted. The general store is much improved with produce, frozen meats, dairy products, dried and canned goods, fishing tackle and a few boating items. The marina does not offer guest moorage.
Backeddy Resort built two new cabins over the winter. These cabins are now available for rental. Repairs are underway on the main dock and the finger piers are being replaced. The resort is getting a fresh paint job. A new bakery chef was added to the kitchen staff – look for additional desserts and bakery…Details
Waggoner correspondent Deane Hislop reports that Oydis and Deane Nickle, daughter and son-in-law of Union Steamship Marina owners Rondy and Dorothy Dike have relocated to Bowen Island to manage the marina, and are now operating Doc Morgan’s Restaurant as well. The Hislops enjoyed a wonderful dinner overlooking the marina and the service was excellent.Details