The Pender Canal separates North and South Pender islands in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, and connects Bedwell Harbour and Port Browning. The channel is narrow, with a dogleg turn near the south end. The canal is crossed by a bridge with 27 feet of clearance at high water, which keeps most sailboats out. The foll... Details
A deep low pressure area created 55-60-knot southeast winds in the Strait of Georgia, sinking one boat in the annual Southern Straits Race and forcing most of the others to withdraw. At Mill Bay in the Saanich Inlet the winds destroyed the docks at the Mill Bay Marina, driving several boats ashore and sinking others.
Due to winter storm damage, Fulford Harbour Marina is closed. The marina, located on Saltspring Island, will most likely be closed all year (initially posted 6/15/2010).
We called the marina office at (250) 653-4467 to check on their situation and they have a voice message that says the marina is still closed a... Details
Local Notice to Mariners advises that unexploded ordnance still lies in Ostrich Bay, particularly in the vicinity of the old ordnance loading pier.
We spoke with the contact person listed in the notice, who told us the ordnance loading site has not been operative for many years, but that old ordnance has been found... Details
A reader has reported that he grounded his Cal 39 sailboat, which draws 6 feet 8 inches, on a rock in Echo Bay.
The grounding occurred in the area marked 1 fathom 5 feet extending from the small islet northwest of South Finger Islet, as shown on large scale Chart 18431. He sounded the area carefully after the groun... Details
Local Notices to Mariners reports that lighted buoys 2 and 4 have been installed on the west side of the entry channel to Port Gamble. Buoy 2 is Fl R 2.5s; Buoy 4 is Fl R 4s.
Light 1, a short distance north of the entry channel, has been removed. The range boards for the entry channel no longer are lighted. ... Details
Local Notices to Mariners reports Dangerous Wreck at 48°32'10"N / 123°00'31"W.
Plotted on large scale Chart 18434, the wreck is right in the middle of the channel between Brown Island and Friday Harbor, approximately 100 yards or so south of the Washington State Ferry dock. The wreck is an old fish boat that had ... Details
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 yo... Details
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 & Pat Harrington
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 reader Mac... Details