Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10, 2017

Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages. (Photo credit (above): Northwest Maritime Center, Irving Mortensen) Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, Sept. 8-10,…

Wooden Boat Festival

A Sunscreen Solution for Your Face that Really Works

Sunscreen only works when you wear it. As hard as I try, I do not re-apply sunscreen to my face as often as I should mostly because it makes a mess and my skin feels greasy. After you apply, you always have to wash your hands, or it leaves white residue everywhere. A Sunscreen Solution…


Historic Ruins on Village Island and Harbledown Island (BC)

This morning we made our way back west through Cramer Pass, then turned south along Retreat and Spring Passages, arriving at New Vancouver on the north side of Harbledown Island. New Vancouver is a Native village in The Broughtons referred to as Tzatsisnukomi in the Kwak’wala language. After tying up at the dock, we were…

More ruins on Village Island.
Outside the U'mista Cultural Centre.

Alert Bay A Walk Through Namgis Culture

Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, located on the northeastern side of Vancouver Island, is attractive to boaters as an opportunity to go ashore and stretch their sea legs or load up with provisioning as they travel en route to points north or returning home. For many, Alert Bay, known as the home of the killer…


Page’s Resort & Marina in Silva Bay Purchases the Silva Bay Inn

Page’s Resort & Marina Ltd is delighted to announce the purchase of the Silva Bay Inn. The Inn and the Resort & Marina are located on Gabriola Island overlooking Silva Bay and the Flat Top Islands. Gloria Hatfield, President of Page’s Resort, is excited to welcome Silva Bay Inn into her family’s business. Also –…

Sign at Page's Resort & Marina
Marine Electrical Troubleshooting

Day Long Maintenance Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 6 & 7

Nothing can ruin boating more than a diesel or electrical problem. You could be in a remote destination when something goes wrong and during the prime cruising season, when good maintenance help is hard to find. Having the basic troubleshooting skills can help you diagnose and solve problems, and get you back underway. Even if…


The New Mill Bay

The new Mill Bay marina took us by surprise. We arrived at Mill Bay Marina and were completely taken by surprise. To borrow Steve Martin’s words, “Wow, all I can say is wow.” This is not the Mill Bay Marina we remembered from several years ago when there were just a few deteriorated wooden docks…

View of Mill Bay Marina from the beach.

Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017

Swinomish Channel Closures July through November 2017 Alert to boaters planning to travel through the Swinomish Channel in the 2017 summer/fall season.  Due to work on the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the channel, the bridge will rotate to close and the Swinomish Channel will be closed to boat traffic during various times…


Genoa Bay Marina in British Columbia

Have you ever visited a destination and after a couple of days you just don’t want to leave? Where the service is second to none and the people operating the marina love what they do. We had such an experience when we visited Genoa Bay Marina, British Columbia the first time in the summer of…

Genoa Bay Marina

Changes Come to Cowichan Village

Changes Come to Cowichan Village Cowichan Bay, a long-time favorite with many boaters, has seen some recent changes. Fishermen’s Wharf, located behind the breakwater, is the main facility in Cowichan Bay that offers transient moorage. Dungeness Marina was recently sold and no longer offers transient moorage. Bluenose Marina is currently on the market but still offers 100 feet…