Carved Boardwalk Planks Being Replaced at Hot Springs Cove BC

In the fall of 2018, BC Provincial Parks will begin a project to replace and widen the failing boardwalk at Hot Springs Cove. Located on the West side of Vancouver Island, this remote park site was originally accessible only by boat. Today, a number of Tofino based tour operators bring large numbers of visitors to…


Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show

Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show is Sunday, January 21, 2018. Women’s Day includes a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. There are lots of topics to choose from ranging from basic electrical, emergency procedures, docking, anchoring, weather, boat insurance…

Women's Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show.

Day Tripping to British Columbia’s Deep Cove in Indian Arm

The Creek Marina (formerly Mosquito Creek Marina) in North Vancouver served us well as a base of operations for a planned day-trip to Indian Arm. A local’s favorite cruising ground, Indian Arm is one of the most scenic areas in Greater Vancouver. The Coast Range Mountains rise 5,000 feet over the inlet. From Vancouver Harbour,…

Deep Cove Public Wharf and North Shore Marina.

Steveston Rediscovered

  After a few days editing for the Waggoner Guide and other computer work, we departed North Vancouver for Steveston, rounding Point Grey in a northwesterly wind with 4-foot swells. Numerous commercial and sport fishing boats were off-shore near the North, Middle, and South Arms of the Fraser River. Winding our way through the fishing…


Preparing Your Boat for Hibernation

As winter approaches and temperatures begin to drop, Pacific Northwest boaters begin to think about winterizing their vessels. Some hire professionals to do the job and others like to invest a little time doing a portion or all of it themselves. Whatever the case, the process is the same. During most winters the Northwest receives…

Snow Day in the Pacific Northwest.
Igloo Cooler Gray

Igloo MaxCold Quantum Roller Cooler

I have two prerequisites for a cooler, it has to keep ice frozen for a minimum of four days, and it has to have wheels. I used to have a rolling cooler that tipped from end to end, but it was like a bad slinky, fun to watch but not practical. The ones that tip…


Chatterbox Falls the Easy Way

Lorena – “I sure would like to see Chatterbox Falls again in Princess Louisa Inlet.” Leonard – “Are you sure? It’s 10 nautical miles up Agamemnon Channel, then another 30 nautical miles to Malibu Rapids which becomes a timing issue, and another 4 miles to Chatterbox Falls, plus the time to get back, that’s a 2-3…


Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway – Art, History and Good Eats

As we traversed Commencement Bay, headed for Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway, I kept thinking about when I was a young boy, and our family took Sunday drives to Tacoma to visit relatives. As we approached the tide flats, the car would fill with a stench. The challenge was to hold your breath long enough to…

Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.

WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up We came together as strangers and departed Ketchikan as good friends. I continued north to leave my boat in Wrangell and five boats decided to tag along. We stopped for a night in Meyers Chuck in very pleasant weather and then on to Wrangell. Some continued working their way up…

The Longhouse at Totem Bight State Park.