Cruising in the Northwest: Introduction

Cruising in the Northwest offers it all: stunning scenery, breaching whales, secluded anchorages and urban escapes. From Olympia, Washington and north, you needn’t go far to have an outstanding cruise. Don’t try to pack too much into a limited holiday afloat. Cruising takes time. On any given morning you can be up and out at…


Page Point Bistro Review

Thought you would like to know that the Page Point Bistro opened on July 31st at the Page Point Marina in Ladysmith Harbour. We enjoyed a meal there last week. Robert & Sandy Wilkinson are the new owners and are working very hard to make this a great restaurant. Their chef is very good. Jim…


New Fuel Dock in Nanaimo

Departure Bay Gas N Go has opened next to the old Brechin Pt. Marina at the north end of Newcastle Island Passage in Nanaimo. They carry gasoline and diesel and have a small store with oil and snacks. Open 7 days a week, 6am-8pm; after Labor Day 7am-7pm. Their phone number is (250)591-0810. Thanks to…


Saltspring Marina Ad Correction

The Saltspring Marina ad on p. 145 of the 2011 Waggoner trumpets a winter special of 15¢ per foot. Sorry, people, it’s a big typo. The real rate is 50¢ per foot, still a good deal. The poor graphics person is going to catch hell for this, but these things happen. It’s a beautiful ad,…


Amazing Mural at Galiano Oceanfront Inn

Read the description below, then click on the Kunamokst Mural hot link. As the description explains, this mural of an orca and her calf was created by 190 artists, with no digital effects. It’ll be worth a stop just to see the mural. The inn has a private float in Sturdies Bay, or they can…


Westview Boat Basin Expansion

Jim Parsons, the helpful harbor manager at Powell River/Westview, tells us the long-awaited south boat basin expansion is going well. The breakwater has been extended southward, the contract for new floats has been awarded, and electrical is one approval away. The new floats will be nine feet wide, the main dock will be 12 feet…


Poet’s Cove Customs Dock Expansion

Thank you to Peter Rodionoff, Chelan, WA, for sharing that, via the webcam at Poet’s Cove, it appeared work was being done on the customs dock.

We contacted Poet’s Cove and they informed us that an arm has been added and the work is complete!

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Geocaching in Canada’s Parks—The Perfect Treasure Hunt!

If you’ve ever enjoyed that thrill of discovery or revelled in a sense of victory when you reach the end of an adventure, you’re in for a treat! This summer, as part of Parks Canada’s centennial celebrations, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve launched a new geocache experience – a “treasure hunt for techies.” But you…


15-foot Long Shark Dies on Pender Harbour Beach

A female sixgill shark weighing 1600-2000 pounds and measuring 14′-10″ from head to tail was stranded on the beach in Garden Bay in Pender Harbour June 20. Efforts to keep the shark alive until high tide failed. The shark was discovered next to the Seattle Yacht Club outstation in Garden Bay. Vladimir Horicky, the outstation…