Thank you so much for the Waggoner Guide! We have been happily cruising the Inside Passage for the past seven years in our 50' Mikelson cutter Tenacious, and the Waggoner is by far our favorite resource for figuring out where to head next. We just received our 2009 book and are getting excited about next summer already... Details
Ted Thorstenson, who designed and built the 45-foot Pacific Dawn, sent this note about how Elworthy Island in Waddington Channel got its name, and how the plaque marking it came to be.
I was reading the Waggoner writeup about Elworthy Island and the plaque dedicating the island to Douglas Elworthy. I can... Details
Nav aids at each end of Gordon Channel at the top of Vancouver Island now will be transmitting racon signals.
Pine Island at the western entrance will transmit Morse M (--)
Davy Rock at the eastern entrance will transmit Morse Q (--.-)... Details
The following e-mails speak for themselves.
We are planning our first trip to the Broughtons. Can you tell us whether Lagoon Cove is open for business this summer (July 2010)? What about the docks at Minstrel Island? Is that facility still abandoned?
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George and Gail Cambridge, at Port Harvey, sent these pictures of the new ramp between the docks and shore.
The old ramp was serviceable, but this is much better. Port Harvey is becoming one of the popular stops in the Broughtons. We were windbound there for two days last summer, waiting for better conditions on Jo... Details
Pierre’s at Echo Bay Marina has cell phone service at the store and on the adjacent party area.
They’ve brought it in with antennas and amplifiers, and the cone of availability is necessarily narrow. No charge. Bring your cell phone up and talk away.
Wireless internet still covers the docks. This report is b... Details
The Waggoner incorrectly warns that the large scale Plans Chart 3537 for Whiterock Passage is drawn on the older NAD 27 horizontal datum.
The new edition of the chart, published April 30, 2004, is drawn on the current NAD 83 horizontal datum.... Details
The Sointula moorage now monitors VHF 66A. Office hours are 8:30-4:30, sometimes later.
The floating breakwater shown on the Waggoner map has been replaced by a rock riprap extension to the breakwater. Entry is easy.
Up at the village, a new bakery named the Upper Crust is really, really yummy. We brought back st... Details
Here's a valuable piece of experience sent to us by Fred Triggs.
Butchart Gardens–submerged cables
1. On a recent visit to Butchart Gardens cove we noted several vessels anchored between the boats on the buoys with stern ties out. It looked a bit close to us, but what do we know? We anchored in Tod Inlet an... Details
All vessels entering or departing Esquimalt Harbour are requested to contact QHM Operations on marine VHF channel 10 or by telephone at (250) 363-2160. This applies especially to pleasure craft.... Details