About the Guide

From south Puget Sound to Ketchikan, Alaska including the west coast of Vancouver Island, this popular annual guide—called the “bible for Northwest cruising”— provides detailed information about marinas, marine parks, fuel docks, U.S./Canada border crossings, customs, VHF radio requirements, and more. Some popular cruising areas covered: Puget Sound (includes Hood Canal) San Juan Islands Canadian…

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Customs, Chart & Publications, Equipment, Clothing

Customs Customs must be cleared whenever the U.S.-Canada border is crossed, either direction. Generally the process is quick and straightforward, but if the skipper isn’t prepared with the proper information, it can be time-consuming. It is extremely important to follow all the rules, and be polite. While Customs officers are trained in courtesy and usually…

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Overview of Destinations

South Puget Sound For beauty, cruising in South Puget Sound is similar to cruising the San Juan Islands, except the crowds aren’t there. Neither are the restaurants. South Sound has a number of excellent marine parks and several marinas, such as Jarrell’s Cove, Longbranch and Boston Harbor. Plan to enjoy the scenery, swing on the…

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Victoria, Sooke, Port San Juan & Port Renfrew

Waggoner correspondents Vaughn Ploeger and Rebecca Earnest sent this note. We went cruising recently in our Merit 25 sailboat—draws 4 feet or so. This will probably be more than you ever want to know about Port San Juan and Port Renfrew. But first: Confirming the Waggoner’s 2008 notes on entering Victoria, the Harbour Patrol is…

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Mooring Buoys Removed

Mooring Buoy recovery and decommissioning operations have concluded on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. All mooring buoys and associated ground tackle have been removed from Columbia Cove, Klaskish Inlet and Klaskino Anchorage.

Four mooring buoys remain in operation at Sea Otter Cove.

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Green Cove Marina (Barkley Sound) Report

Periodically, traveling and exploring new areas you come across a real gem. That happened to us in Barkley Sound this year when we landed on the dock at Green Cove. We met Chris and Tamara Lochhead, the managers of the Green Cove Store. We were warmly welcome on to their small dock (there is room…

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False Creek Fuels Now Open!

False Creek Fuels Ltd. is a new locally owned and operated company that operates the only marine fuelling facility in False Creek located west of the Burrard Street Bridge (adjacent to the Burrard Civic Marina). Services available for Sailboats, Powerboats, Yachts, Commercial-Fleet & Government-Fleet False Creek Fuels offers Mid-Grade Gasoline and Diesel to Vancouver’s Recreational…

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New Rock Charted at Pierce Bay

Canadian Notices to Mariners reports a previously uncharted rock at Pierce Bay, Fitz Hugh Sound. It affects chart 3934 (NAD 83). Add to chart 3934:

Rock which covers and uncovers with a drying height of 1 metre 5 decimetres and legend Rep (1998).

The location is 51°31’47” N 127°45″40″W.

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Rivers Inlet—It’s a Rock!

Canadian Notices to Mariners dated Sept. 27 locates a new rock in Rivers Inlet, Chart 3934. Replace the 5.5 meter sounding at 51°31.40’N/127°40.50’W with the asterisk symbol for rock which covers and covers, with a drying height of 0.4 meters. This rock is in the mouth of the little bay directly east of Welch Island,…

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Emily Carr Cove Rock

Emily Carr Inlet lies at the mouth of Surf Inlet, on the northwest corner of Princess Royal Island, on the northern B.C. coast. We were running late when we explored the inlet, so we didn’t go into what Douglass, in his excellent guide, Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia, 2nd Ed., calls “Emily Carr…

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