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Jensen’s Marina Sustains Snow Damage

(Photo by Teren Photography) Due to the weight from snow followed by rain in February of 2021, a roof structure for a multi-slip boat house at Jensen’s Marina in the San Juan Islands collapsed in a domino fashion around 2 p.m. on February 14th. Thankfully no one was...

New Destinations for Boaters

Island Acquisition in the Octopus Islands Marine Park. The Province of British Columbia, supported by a generous donation from the B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society, recently completed the purchase of an island at the south end of the Octopus group. The...

A Unique Opportunity…

It is hard to cruise on the Inside Passage to Alaska and not think about its history. The history of man traveling up or down this waterway, first by tribal canoe, then boats from ferries to cruise ships, or on a fish boat headed north for a lucrative...

RBAW – Lakebay Marina Purchase Back in Play

When RBAW (Recreation Boating Association of Washington) secured an agreement to purchase the historic Lakebay Marina near Penrose State Park in Mayo Cove in 2019, RBAW began raising funds to close on the sale of the 18-acre property with the intent of...

Southern Resident Killer Whale Habitat

San Juan County seeks your help in a study to understand Southern Resident killer whale habitat use and boating values in the San Juans. The core summer critical habitat of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) is located in the heart of...

Careful Selection of Project Partner for Butedale

  The Great Bear Rainforest is an international treasure In this special place: “the highways are waterways between fjords“.   Inside Passage Marine is looking for the right partner, to accelerate development at Butedale....

New Owners for Echo Bay Lodge & Marina

News release: Kwiḵwa̱sut’inux̱w Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN) purchases Pierre’s at Echo Bay Lodge & MarinaJune 3, 2020June 2nd, the Kwiḵwa̱sut’inux̱w Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN) has purchased Pierre’s at Echo Bay Lodge & Marina, located on...

Interview with Réanne Hemingway-Douglass

By Kathleen Kaska Kathleen:  How did you and Don get started writing the Exploring Series Cruising Guides? Reanne: After a few trips up the Inside Passage and further into Alaska, we felt that we could improve on the guides we were using. We started...

Whales hard to port!

A flotilla cruise through the Inside Passageby Linda DeSpain and Jack BillingsShortly after 9 AM, the mist over Ketchikan Marina lifted. The crews of our six motor launches fired the twin diesel engines, loosened mooring lines and coordinated radios as...

The Passing of an Explorer, Don Douglass

For many Northwest, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska cruisers, the Exploring series of cruising guides, from Fine Edge Nautical Publishing, have been a key part of their ship’s library. It is quite a collection of books covering key marinas and...

Kenmore Air Floatplane Expertise for Over 72 Years

Kenmore Air Harbor is one of those unique companies that has found the keys to success in a tough business through hard work, integrity and doing the right thing for the customer. For over 72 years Kenmore Air has been primarily owned and managed by the...

Yes! You Too Can Fly a Floatplane!

As boaters in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, it is hard to look up, see a float plane going by, or better yet taking off or landing, and not wonder what it must be like to fly one. Not many people realize that you can enjoy this incredible...

B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society : How You Can Help

B.C. Marine Parks is a name you recognize and one that conjures up great memories and mental images. But, B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society is probably a name not as recognizable and should be. Through the work of the B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society,...

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