Remember that wind storm at the end of August? Steve Purcell, one of my neighbors at the marina, thought it would be a great opportunity to sail up Rosario Strait, from Watmough Bay on Lopez Island to Sucia Island. With winds gusting over 50 knots, he had quite a ride. Here’s the video… August 29…Details
One of the joys of living aboard is the ability to easily get away on the boat. There’s no packing or schlepping, no loading and unloading the car—no hassle, really. So last Wednesday evening, right after the electrician finished installing my new inverter, I decided to head out to the islands for a night. I’d be…Details
One the thing that attracted me to the Nordic Tug 37 was the large chart table in the pilothouse. No, I wasn’t that interested in using paper charts—I grew up boating with electronic charts—but I liked the large, flat surface. A perfect standing desk, I thought. But after some use with my laptop I discovered…Details
In 2013 we added Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to the Waggoner Cruising Guide. Publisher Mark Bunzel had visited Haida Gwaii and raved about the experience. When I talked with boaters who’d visited, most raved about it, too. I knew I needed to go, but when? Finally, this summer, I made…Details
Pender Harbour, July 6. For the first time in more than 20 years we didn’t get to the Broughtons. Day after day, the winds in Johnstone Strait began at 20 knots northwest, building to 35 knots by evening. Conditions would have changed if we waited long enough, but we need to be back in Roche…Details
New, Revised Second Edition By Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones Now in its NEW Second Edition for 2016 – with updated information. The San Juan Islands are a special cruising destination for all who visit. Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones have expanded their beautifully illustrated cruising guides, of Southern British Columbia, to include the U.S. San Juan…Details
“Nothing can replace local knowledge and Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia provides excellent local knowledge from a seasoned research and writing team. The Douglasses have personally researched several thousand anchor sites over the entire coast.” George Eaton, Director, Hydrography, Pacific Region, Canadian Hydrographic Service Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia takes seafaring…Details
US Customs in Ketchikan is now accepting NEXUS and I-68. If you and all of your passengers are part of the NEXUS or I-68 programs, call ahead with your BR number and you will most likely be cleared by phone. Call the Ketchikan CBP office directly at 907-225-2254. Because of additional staff, Ketchikan US Customs…Details
While the docks are showing their age, there is a new 285’ dock with inside and outside moorage. The new dock is outside A dock and is reserved for large vessels. It offers 50 and 100-amp power. Renovations are underway on A dock.
Last year, the Garden Bay Hotel, Pub and Marina was sold. The old docks have been cleaned up and the pub’s food is still good. Dining out on the deck overlooking the harbor on a sunny day is a part of its allure. Fisherman’s Resort and Marina was sold to a new owner from Vancouver…Details
A fairly new and wide 450’ float is available at Egmont with 20 and 30-amp power. One hundred and ten feet of space is reserved for short-term (48-hour maximum) moorage.
The friendly new owners have been working hard to improve the facility. The store and resort upland facilities have been updated and painted. The general store is much improved with produce, frozen meats, dairy products, dried and canned goods, fishing tackle and a few boating items. The marina does not offer guest moorage.
Backeddy Resort built two new cabins over the winter. These cabins are now available for rental. Repairs are underway on the main dock and the finger piers are being replaced. The resort is getting a fresh paint job. A new bakery chef was added to the kitchen staff – look for additional desserts and bakery…Details
Waggoner correspondent Deane Hislop reports that Oydis and Deane Nickle, daughter and son-in-law of Union Steamship Marina owners Rondy and Dorothy Dike have relocated to Bowen Island to manage the marina, and are now operating Doc Morgan’s Restaurant as well. The Hislops enjoyed a wonderful dinner overlooking the marina and the service was excellent.Details
Beginning July 1, a shuttle service will connect Cowichan Bay and Mill Bay, with stops at several wineries, restaurants, and other attractions along the way. Riders pay a single fee and can hop on off at as many places as they’d like during the day. See www.cowichanshuttle.com for details.
Earlier in the year we reported that poultry and eggs were not allowed from Canada into the US. In mid-June this restriction was eased. Now, poultry and eggs from any province other than Ontario are permitted into the US. To avoid hassles, be sure a country and province of origin is printed on the packaging…Details
This was a new location in the 2015 Waggoner Guide. After a visit, we can highly recommend it. The tribal people of New Vancouver, or Tsatsisnukwomi Village, were forced out of the area in the 1960s by the government. Through much red tape, their ancestral chief, William Glendale, got permission to repatriate the site and…Details
From the last week in June through the first week in September, a courtesy shuttle is running four times a day from Westview Marina to the town’s mall. The schedule is posted at the head of the gangway and in the harbour master’s office. Safeway, Save-On Foods and Quality Foods also offer grocery delivery to…Details