NEWS FLASH: New Homfray Lodge in Desolation Sound

We were crusining In Desolation Sound last week and spotted a beautiful lodge in Homfray Channel behind Foster Point, between Forbes Bay and Attwood Bay. Their website is They offer 250 feet of transient moorage. You can reach them at telephone: 604-740-6032, email: It would be a big boost for them if you…


Slowing down, taking flight—Bob’s Cruise Report

Well this was embarrassing. We’re happily anchored in a cozy little spot just west of 78-meter-high Blair Islet in the Broughtons’ MacKenzie Sound, at the eastern end of rocky Hopetown Passage. The Blair Islet anchorage was recommended to us by Jack Green, M/V Brizo, when we were tied at the Jennis Bay Marina. I didn’t…


NEWS FLASH: Teakerne Arm Dock Damaged

We have received a report from a Waggoner Guide reader that the dock at the Teakerne Arm waterfalls is damaged and up on the rocks. Teakerne Arm This dock is used to land dinghies and to allow you to take the short hike up to Cassel Lake. We will report further as we learn more.…


Seattle to Princess Louisa – Bob’s Cruise Report

So my wife Marilynn and I set out on a sunny morning in the middle of May, happy to be on saltwater again, heading north. Our destination was Pender Harbour in British Columbia, the jumping-off point for the run to Princess Louisa Inlet. The leg to Pender Harbour would require a crossing of the Strait…


Stuck in Juneau – Mark’s Cruise Reports

We are stuck in Juneau due to rain and low weather that has threatened our safe forward progress. We will head to the airport in a few minutes to wait for a possible opening in the passes. If we are sitting for long I will post from there if I have a wi-fi signal. Yesterday’s…


Broughton’s Sunshine – Mark’s Cruise Reports

I left Echo Bay in brilliant sunshine. Pierre was working on the new building and gave a big wave as I headed out the harbor. Today in addition to two marina resorts, it was time to check out several anchorages. Laura Bay and Laura Cove were first on the list. Both beautiful, though I will…


Gweduck to Alaska – Mark’s Cruise Reports

I just received word that the Gweduck has launched and I am headed to Skagit Airport to rendezvous. The weather looks wonderful today. We had some early morning fog in Renton which delayed takeoff. Conditions here are Biz Pt were clear at sunrise and then a bank of fog rolled in and then out. It…


Gweduck Trip Begins – Mark’s Cruise Reports

We were planning for a 6:00am departure today. There is an occluded front stationary over the area and according to expert forecaster Lee Chesneau, many layers of clouds and overcast. It is clearing now at mid-day and we will be taking off this afternoon. The Gweduck is a unique new airplane. Experimental, but it has…


Important Sewage Regulations in Canada

Thank you to Alex Sutton for sending this important news link:

I came across the link below that talks about new pumpout regulations in Canada starting May 5. I don’t think I saw anything on your site about it. This may have impact on a lot of people.

Vessel Sewage Regulations

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Port Harvey to Pierre’s – Mark’s Cruise Report

Tuesday’s departure from Port Harvey was in a misty, foggy rain. Up the Havannah Channel to the narrow Chatham Channel. This channel is so narrow there are range markers, basically signs with lines in the trees. Line up the top and bottom line so they are vertical and you are in the channel. While it…


Desolation to Port Harvey – Mark’s Cruise Report

We all have bad days. Captain George Vancouver was completely wrong about the area he named Desolation Sound. He wrote: “This area afforded not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye, the smallest recreation on shore, no animal or vegetable food,… whence the place obtained the name DESOLATION SOUND where our time would…


Cruising in BC at 80 kmh — Mark’s Cruise Report

Sometimes staying in the harbor (or harbour) is better than braving Neptune and the gods of the Salish Sea. Last Wednesday I elected not to continue on to Campbell River and I was right. The waves kicked up and it would have been an awful ride. Probably dangerous too. I rented a car for $35…