NEWS FLASH: Squirrel Cove Hearing Delayed to July 24

A public hearing on the controversial plan for a major new marina in Squirrel Cove has been rescheduled to July 24 at Gorge Hall, 1375 Robertson Road, Cortes Island. The hearing was originally scheduled for July 6. The hearing offers cruising boaters a final opportunity to oppose the development that would radically alter navigation and…

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Restaurant of the Month: Fisherman’s Bar & Grill (Shearwater)

I have always had the most unique experiences at Fisherman’s Bar & Grill in Shearwater. To me, the charm is that the bar and restaurant have the look of the famous bar scene from one of the first Star Wars movies. An incredible mix of people is normally present at this north-south crossroads. Around the…

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Prince Rupert: More than a Crossroads

We have always looked at Prince Rupert as a crossroads on the Inside Passage. It is a jumping off point for crossing Dixon Entrance to Alaska. On the return back into Canada, all boats must clear Canadian Customs in Prince Rupert before heading south into Northern B.C. or out to Haida Gwaii. The fuel dock…

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Mark Bunzels Cruising Report #3

June 14 – Prince Rupert to Ketchikan We were greeted with a sunny day, light winds and calm seas for our crossing of Dixon Entrance. For those who fear crossing Dixon Entrance, there are days where it is flat calm. Now I just have to worry about my return crossing to Prince Rupert next Wednesday.…

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Review: XTRATUF Dock Shoes

You won’t want to take them off! At last January’s Seattle Boat Show I noticed something new at the LFS booth: XTRATUF shoes. The word was “once you put them on, you will not want to take them off.” The XTRATUF name is legendary for their legacy brown gum boots that have been a favorite…

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Report #2: Cape Scott, Quatsino Sound, and Brooks Peninsula

Few cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest demand more respect than the west coast of Vancouver Island. With pounding surf, boat-eating rocks that lie miles offshore, fog, and few rescue options, this coast requires constant vigilance. And Cape Scott, at the northwest corner, and Brooks Peninsula, a bit further south, are among the most treacherous…

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App Review: WA State Parks Guide

Washington State Marine Parks are a superb resource for boaters. They typically have trails, campsites, and scenic anchorages. Many have docks and mooring buoys. We highlight all of them in the Waggoner Guide, but we don’t have detailed information on all of their shore side facilities. The Washington State Parks Department recently launched an app…

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Mill Bay Marina Improvements

Renovations at the Mill Bay Marina (in the Gulf Islands) have been completed, and the new facility is magnificent. The new concrete docks are wide and stable. They have 700 feet of moorage for visiting boaters and can accommodate boats to 150 feet. Water, 30- and 50-amp power, fuel, pumpout, laundry, and showers are available.…

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USCG and RCMP Formalize Shiprider Arrangement

On June 17th, the United States Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police signed an agreement to allow specially trained officers to work on both USCG and RCMP vessels. This shiprider agreement is intended to provide law enforcement additional means to interdict and apprehend suspected criminals. For recreational boaters, this agreement means that RCMP and…

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Restaurant of the Month: Cedar Post Inn

Blind Channel Resort, on West Thurlow Island, is a first-class facility, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their Cedar Post Inn restaurant is an excellent supper option. We visited on their opening night and had a delicious dinner. The menu is fairly short, which isn’t surprising given the logistical difficulty in getting fresh…

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Profile: Lou Simoneau

Lou Simoneau is the only resident of Butedale, British Columbia, on northeastern Princess Royal Island. Butedale is now a ghost town, but was once the site of a thriving fish processing plant. Originally built in 1911 by the Canadian Fishing Company, Ltd., it operated until the 1980s. Lou Simoneau, with his cat. Now the large…

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