The Pacific Northwest—a diversity of spectacular cultural and natural experiences.

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…

BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…

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…

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…

Poets Cove Customs

What Can We Bring Across the U.S./Canada Border?

“What can we bring across the U.S./Canada border?” This question is frequently asked by boaters going either direction across the U.S./Canada border both on British Columbia’s southern border with Washington and northern border with Alaska. While the question seems straightforward, it is often difficult to answer quickly and succinctly. Both the U.S. and Canada customs…

Cruising Angler – Beneath the Hull is Mother Nature’s Refrigerator

A freshly caught salmon on the barbecue or a pot heavy with crab or prawns are what fulfills many Northwest boater’s dreams. Add to that discovering a beach full of clams, mussels or tasty oysters and the cruising life doesn’t get much better. Whether you favor Dungeness crab, fresh-caught salmon or lingcod, mussels or oysters,…

Rainbow over Cabbage Island.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Mosaic of Land, Water and History

The summer sun is beating down on a deliriously lovely tongue of white sand, warming our bare feet. We walk the mile-long half-moon shaped beach; the turquoise waters roll ashore at a relaxing rhythm. It’s easy to imagine we are visiting an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific, but no. We are one mile north…

Rosario Resort & Spa – New Docks, New Marina Configuration and Much More

Cruising northwest in Orcas Island’s East Sound, the white Moran Mansion of Rosario Resort & Spa comes into view off in the distance and grows larger as you approach. The grand century-old mansion turned hotel resort was built as the private residence of Seattle shipbuilder and two-time Seattle mayor Robert Moran. Located approximately 80-miles north…

Jones Island Marine State Park – Fascinating Island with an Ecological Diversity

With the immense wealth of memorable and enjoyable cruising destinations within The San Juan Islands, it can be difficult to narrow down to which island to visit. But our decision was made easy when Arlene, suggested someplace peaceful and scenic, with hiking and plenty of wildlife. It still didn’t narrow our choices too much, and…

San Juan Islands sunset

San Juan Island All to Ourselves – James Island Marine State Park

When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer the park is popular with…

Sucia Island Marine State Park

A Diamond in the Rough – Sucia Island Marine State Park

Sign memorializing Ev Henry and the 40 yacht clubs. There’s something very special about Sucia Island Marine State Park’s incredible beauty, many bays, coves, beaches, and trails. Its shoreline is the product of Mother Nature’s artistry with smooth sandstone curves, rounded arches and honeycomb hollows, plus six bays possessing their own unique personality. Arlene and…

New U.S. Customs Procedures for Canadian Boats

Beginning in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has new procedures in place for for Canadian vessels visiting the United States. Canadian vessels are no longer required to purchase a U.S. Customs user fee decal. Instead, they must purchase a cruising license. Cruising licenses are valid for one year. Here is the press release from U.S.…