North Coast B.C. to Ketchikan Updates
The “Old Bank Inn” is housed in the original CIBC building (formally the Ocean Falls Fishing Lodge) is a Bed & Board Guest House (250-289-9624). Like them on FACEBOOK.
Darke Waters is under new ownership as the Ocean Falls Lodge. They offer a coin laundry and meal service on a space available basis. For a home cooked meal call – 250-289-3585.
Progress continues at historic Butedale. A few seasons ago a new ramp was installed. Last summer there was further cleanup at the site. The property is still closed and is a construction site, though visitors who register when they arrive may visit the site. Registered visitors may tie up at the dock, at their own risk, and may take on water. There are no other facilities at Butedale at this time. We have been advised there may be a caretaker on site during the summer months.
Hakai Institute is still offering up to 300MB of daily WiFi usage.
Is installing new docks on each end of the “T.” The new 200’ extensions will not have water or power. Reservations for the Marina are still highly recommended.
We are starting to receive reports of limited water supplies due to the 2019 drought in B.C. Shearwater is recommending that you fill your fresh water tanks in Ocean Falls. Shearwater has limited fresh potable water on the dock (white hoses), and non-potable water (green hoses) for washdown. We are expecting other marina resorts in Northern B.C. to be tight with their fresh water supplies during the 2019 cruising season.
Duncanby Lodge no longer offers meals, moorage or fuel for the general boating public. This high-end fishing lodge is for guests who have purchased the all-inclusive package of lodging, meals and charter boats.
Cow Bay Marina
We are on our way south and made our stop in Prince Rupert. If you are doing the same on the way back from a summer passage in Alaska, please note that you should make reservations at the Cow Bay Marina if that is your intended destination. They have been full a number of nights in July and expect August to be about the same. They understand when changes in the weather may change your plans and will do everything they can to fit in customers who have a reservation and are delayed.
The Cow Bay Marina is a hit in their 4th season. We have been told that plans are in process for another new marina to open in 2-3 years. The new marina will host many of the spill response boats and the charter boats leaving more room in the current marina for recreational boats.
The Waggoner Guide pushed for the new marinas several years ago and we are thrilled with their success.