Avocado toast and maple bacon at the Wolf in the Fog in Tofino, British Columbia.

5 Cafes & Restaurants in Tofino Within Walking Distance of the Docks

On a trip to Tofino on West Vancouver Island, you might be tempted to create one of your fabulous dishes in the galley and enjoy it aboard, but you’d be missing out, for this laid-back surfer town has a fantastic food scene. Many cafes and restaurants in Tofino are close enough to walk to and…

Kw’at’am-us Totem Pole on the shore of Sechelt Inlet.

Backeddy Resort & Marina – Prelude to Princess Louisa Inlet

Backeddy Resort & Marina, located in the small community of Egmont on British Columbia’s north Sechelt Peninsula, is known for being a small, quiet and relaxing marina. But, there were a couple of other reasons for our two-night visit last summer. First, it made for a perfect location to time our departure and arrival at Malibu Rapids before…

Carved Boardwalk Planks Being Replaced at Hot Springs Cove BC

In the fall of 2018, BC Provincial Parks will begin a project to replace and widen the failing boardwalk at Hot Springs Cove. Located on the West side of Vancouver Island, this remote park site was originally accessible only by boat. Today, a number of Tofino based tour operators bring large numbers of visitors to…

Deep Cove Public Wharf and North Shore Marina.

Day Tripping to British Columbia’s Deep Cove in Indian Arm

The Creek Marina (formerly Mosquito Creek Marina) in North Vancouver served us well as a base of operations for a planned day-trip to Indian Arm. A local’s favorite cruising ground, Indian Arm is one of the most scenic areas in Greater Vancouver. The Coast Range Mountains rise 5,000 feet over the inlet. From Vancouver Harbour,…

Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.

WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

Fisgard Lighthouse at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour.

Ruins from the 1800’s at Esquimalt Harbour

After departing Victoria Harbour, we circled around Duntz Head in 20-knot winds to make our way back north into nearby Esquimalt Harbour. The Royal Canadian Navy has a base here, and pleasure craft needs to contact ‘Queens Harbour Master Operations’ on VHF Channel 10 when entering and exiting the harbour between Fisgard Lighthouse and Duntze…

More ruins on Village Island.

Historic Ruins on Village Island and Harbledown Island (BC)

This morning we made our way back west through Cramer Pass, then turned south along Retreat and Spring Passages, arriving at New Vancouver on the north side of Harbledown Island. New Vancouver is a Native village in The Broughtons referred to as Tzatsisnukomi in the Kwak’wala language. After tying up at the dock, we were…