Food & Restaurants

You won’t go hungry cruising the Inside Passage. The Northwest’s foodie revolution of the last two decades means you can find great food as you cruise the region. Seafood, of course is plentiful, and you don’t have to order the sea asparagus. Find out more with our food tips and restaurant reviews!

Read All About It

Ocean Aged Rum and Bourbon

There is a theory that you can take a medium grade whiskey or rum and ocean age it in a cask that is agitated on a boat, and the flavor will improve significantly. Some say it has the same affect as aging the spirit 3x-5x. The color darkens and 2 years of...

What did I forget? — Provisioning for a FirstTimer

Several years ago, my husband talked me into taking a class on boating. Here is a little back-story for you – I grew up in Denver and boating was not really an option when I was a kid. I never even went camping. I was a city girl and a landlubber, plain and simple. My...

Potato Bowl with Black Bean Sauté

For their first cruising adventure together, Julie and George hitched a ride aboard a boat crossing the South Pacific; they boarded in Vanuatu and sailed with the vessel to Gladstone, Australia. They have since cruised in destinations as far flung as the...

RCA (Rockfish Culinary Adventure) with Garlic Rice

Ray and I have been sailing for nearly fifty years together.We have been fortunate to have lived from coast to coast in Canada, and in three continents around the world. Our daughter and her husband live in Washington.We retired to British Columbia in 2004...

Spicy Mint Lamb Balls from Emerald City

Peter Brown and Janet McKinnon spend much of their free time on the water, and have cruised together as far north as Glacier Bay, and as far south as Manzanillo Mexico. Before coming to the Pacific Northwest, Peter completed a circumnavigation that took...

5-star Meals Begin with Proper Grill Care

Caring for the BBQA strong odor on my boat led me to the lazarette, where we store the propane grill. I had neglected to clean the grill during fall layup, mold had formed on the bits of baked-on food and grease that remained.Grilling is truly our favorite...

Cluxewe Bistro – A fabulous Dinner

The new Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro is in its fourth year of operation and has already gained notoriety. The restaurant is accessible by taxi, or boaters staying at North Island Marina can use the marina’s courtesy van. The Cluxewe Bistro is located 7 miles...

Dining with the Kings in Haida Gwaii

When planning a trip to Haida Gwaii, located 65-85 miles off the coast of British Columbia, first-class dining is not the immediate thing that comes to mind. In fact, the population might be considered sparse with only a few main villages on northern...

Don’t Miss Visiting the InnChanter in Hot Springs Cove

Shaun, chef and captain of the InnChanter, looks forward each season to welcoming guests aboard his ship, moored in Hot Springs Cove on the west side of Vancouver Island, north of Tofino. The InnChanter is a heritage vessel built in the 1920’s and refitted...

How to Use Sea Asparagus or Salicornia

Sea asparagus, although quite salty, is actually good for you; it’s loaded with minerals including calcium, iron, Vitamin B and C and high in Vitamin A. Sea asparagus is abundant on the western and eastern coasts of Canada, found growing along saltwater...

The Laughing Oyster Restaurant

Where can you get great food, fabulous views, and unwind in casual elegance? The Laughing Oyster Restaurant, located in Okeover Inlet, consistently delivers great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Boaters who spend time in Desolation Sound, can head down...

Ajax Café — Good Food, Good Times

by Lorena Landon Ajax Café is one of the most unique dining venues in all of Puget Sound, offering excellent cuisine and presentation. The Café is housed in the historic Galster House, built in the late 1800’s, located within steps of the public dock at...

Victoria BC – Where do you get a fine meal in this Foodie Town?

Coming into the harbour of this beautiful city is a joy and a special experience. There is nothing quite as impressive as Victoria from the water. The sight of the Empress Hotel brought cries of “let’s get off the boat tonight and go out for dinner.”...

Vita’s Wildly Delicious on Lopez Island

Vita’s Wildly Delicious in Lopez Village is one of the most unique and charming communities in the San Juan Islands, withspecialty shops, art studios, cafes, and a bakery. The farmer’s market, B & Bs, and community parks add to the friendly village...

Seminars for boat owners

We are passionate about teaching boaters. Our classes are formed to give you the tools and experience you need to be a confident captain (or first mate!). Check out our upcoming schedule and sign up for a Seminar.

Listen to our Podcast

"Currents," the Waggoner Guide Boating Podcast delivers the in-depth insight, travel tips, and maintenance tools that boating enthusiasts enjoy. Listen to the podcast.

Shop our store

Get our #1 cruising guide, maps, charts, tide guides, and much more for cruising the Pacific Northwest. It's all online at the Waggoner Store.

Shop the Waggoner store