Tommy T: A Hoot of a Time on the Hummingbird Pub Bus

Tommy Transit, or Tommy T for short, is the most entertaining bus driver you’ll ever have. Tommy T. and his bus. Many years ago, after a couple of tough turns in his life, he decided what he really wanted to do was drive a transit bus in Vancouver, B.C. He ended up driving one for…

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Foodie Heaven: Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island has been foodie heaven since the late 1800s.  Back then, Hope Bay was the ferry landing for boats that took fresh produce grown on the island to the markets in Vancouver. Salt Spring has always been known for its laid back vibe. The 60s and 70s never left Salt Spring and there…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #7

August 15 – Ladysmith to Thetis This morning we took a quick tour of Ladysmith and had a meeting with Tom Irwin, the executive director of the Ladysmith Maritime Museum. This group is amazing and over 200 volunteers strong. Where else can you find a community run marina that is this much fun? The place…

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Restaurant of the Month: Penny’s Palapa

After a long day of cruising, sometimes you just want to sit down to a great meal without having to go far from the harbor. When you arrive in Nanaimo, it is hard to beat Penny’s Palapa, conveniently located on a float amongst the moored boats. It is a popular place and rather than wait…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #6

This cruise report starts on dry land. I mention this because it demonstrates the versatility of cruising the Inside Passage. With floatplane services, ferry systems, rental cars and even shuttle buses, there are many ways to get to and from your boat. I left my boat in Campbell River at Fisherman’s Wharf and rented a…

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Whiskey Golf: The Reality

During our morning weather check, I noted that Whiskey Golf would be active. When it was our time to cross from Lasqueti Island to Nanaimo, we set a course for the Ballenas Islands. From there we could take the safe corridor in front of Winchelsea Island. We didn’t expect a better-than-television show, complete with an…

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Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #3

The July 1 Canada Day celebrations are taken seriously in the Broughtons, if the words “celebration” and “seriously” can be used together. We had overnighted June 30 at the Sullivan Bay Marina and knew they were getting ready for their annual July 4 U.S. Independence Day party—the old-fashioned parade on the docks, the blindfolded dinghy…

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Report #5: Barkley Sound

Flexibility may be the most important characteristic of a successful cruise. Flexibility means you move when the weather is right and the boat is ready. It means prioritizing safety and comfort over schedules. Confidence is also critical. Confidence in the boat, her systems, and her maintenance. Confidence in your ability to navigate, problem solve, and…

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UPDATE: Langley Marina Construction

The Port of South Whidbey is in the process of expanding its Langley marina facilities. The existing marina will continue essentially unchanged and will operate normally during construction. A new, 400-foot long floating breakwater will be installed, creating a second basin for moorage. Construction is scheduled to be completed in January 2014. While construction is…

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Restaurant of the Month: Nimmo Bay Resort

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort The Ultimate Experience on the Inside Passage For years, boaters were discouraged from visiting Nimmo Bay. Some report pulling up to the docks and being practically shoed away. The Nimmo Bay Resort facilities were usually full with heli-fishing guests, and they did not have the facilities to accommodate boating visitors. Fraser…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #5

Important News: A suspicious, early morning fire has damaged Cafe Olga and the Orcas Artworks in Olga on Orcas Island (San Juan Islands). The Cafe and gallery will most likely be closed for repairs for the rest of the season. A new coffee shop on the dock at the Port McNeill Fuel Dock & Marina…

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New Genoa Bay-Cowichan Bay Shuttle

Waggoner reader Fred Triggs sent us this news about a new water taxi that runs between Genoa Bay and Cowichan Bay: We enjoy both places, but as they are all of 2 miles apart, which to choose for the night when nights are few and good places to go are many? Now comes an answer.…

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