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. 250-289-3585.
Progress continues at historic Butedale. All of the uplands are a construction site and closed to visitors. New floats were installed in 2019 with room for 4 or 5 vessels on a space-available basis with priority to construction vessels. Visitors using the floats must be registered and use is at their own risk. 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.
The ‘T’ end of the main dock was extended with new 200’extensions in 2019. Reservations for the Marina are still highly recommended. Potable water may be limited during prime season. Ocean Falls is an alternative with unlimited fresh water.
Shearwater has limited fresh potable water on the dock (white hoses), and non-potable water (green hoses) for washdown.
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
Plan to make reservations at the Cow Bay Marina if that is your intended destination. They have been full a number of nights during prime season. 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.
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, presently in Cow Bay Marina, leaving more room in the current marina for recreational boats.
The Waggoner Guide pushed for new marinas several years ago and we are thrilled with the success of Cow Bay Marina and plans for yet another new marina.