NEWS FLASH: Haida Gwaii Briefings Update

Due to budget cuts at Parks Canada, the required briefings for entrance to the protected areas in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve will only be held in Skidegate/Queen Charlotte City, at the Haida Heritage Centre. The pre-season briefings previously offered in Vancouver, Victoria/Sidney, and Seattle will not be scheduled this year. Read more information about…

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Haida Gwaii Legacy Pole Raising

The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole is a 42-foot monumental pole being carved to honor the 20th anniversary of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement, the cornerstone of a groundbreaking cooperative management relationship between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. The pole will be raised in Gwaii Haanas on August 15, 2013 followed by a feast…

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Maple Bay Marina Remodels Store and Cafe

During our recent visit to the Maple Bay Marina we had a chance to visit with Co-Owner Carol Messier. She gave us a tour of their new store and cafe. What’s the big deal? They developed a comfortable lounge area with a first class espresso bar. They also offer a selection of breakfast bakery items…

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Meet the People Behind the Guide

Mark Bunzel Publisher/Editor Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide and the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands. He is also the Publisher at Fine Edge Publishing with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing. Mark’s boating experience began in Ocean City, New Jersey, where at the age of…

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West Vancouver Island & Missing Fuel

We are working our way back from Juneau down West Vancouver Isle and an odd thing occurred when we stopped for fuel. I always know how much fuel I burn and so how much I’ll take on by engine hours between fills. This time I should have filled with 78 liters or 20.6 gallons but…

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Cap Sante Marina Welcomes Liveaboards

The Port of Anacortes is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting liveaboard applications for the first time in 30 years. The Port will take vessels ranging from 32′ and above and will accept up to 100 liveaboard vessels in the marina. The liveaboard program will require an application fee used to conduct…

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More Kudos for Ladysmith

We are at the Maritime Marina in Ladysmith because you recommended them in the 2010 edition. Did you know that they opened up a beautiful new facility on the docks 4 1/2 months ago? You no longer have to walk up the hill for showers, etc. There is a small deli, big screen TV, and…

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Nanaimo No No of Note

Thanks for another great guide in 2012. With reference to this version (page 181 – photo), I wanted to warn boaters with dogs that the Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection island has (and I quote) “… a very strict policy about tying up dogs on the dock.” My wife and I and our two little…

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Captain Whidbey Inn Recommended

Dear Waggoner: Just a thought. In your writeup on Coupeville, you might include the Captain Whidbey Inn. See their web site at www.captainwhidbey.com. Not only is it a delightful place to stay (ashore) but they have a nice pier with moorage available and good anchorage in the immediate vicinity. AND their restaurant is fine! In…

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NEWS FLASH: Fort Casey Lantern House Project

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and WSU Extension of Island County Lighthouse Program invite the public to the dedication of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse lantern house at Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Fort Casey State Park, 1280 South Engle…

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Undersea Museum at Keyport

Hello, We have been using your guides since 2005 and find them excellent. Just discovered a really cool museum at Keyport, WA that we think should be listed in your guide. It is the Keyport Naval Undersea Museum. There is a Keyport city dock with about 40 feet of free moorage as well as lots…

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