Hidden Robertson Lake Part II

Hidden Robertson Lake Part II

Cortes Island is a hugely popular island in Desolation Sound. Offering options such as Squirrel Cove, Gorge Harbour, Von Donop to Carrington Bay, the island has a lot to offer summer cruisers. We’ve enjoyed many summer nights anchored off Cortes Island. Exploring the more unbeaten paths and anchorages are what we really enjoy. If you haven’t read the previous post on Carrington Bay, have a read so you’re not missing out on the full Carrington Bay experience – https://www.coastapus.com/always-listen-to-hippies/.  Cortes…

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Picture Perfect Boat with the Marie Kondo Method

Picture Perfect Boat with the Marie Kondo Method

January is here, kickstarting post Christmas house tidying and decluttering. With the launch of the Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, the talk of decluttering seems to be everywhere. Those that haven’t tried to declutter before have been inspired. There are countless books, articles and now a Netflix series on decluttering your home, but you need to take it a step further and declutter your boat! We all purchase boats to go out and relax on the water, go for just a…

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The Essential Gift Guide for Boaters

The Essential Gift Guide for Boaters

Christmas is quickly approaching and it’s the time to find that perfect gift for the boater in your life! Here’s my gift guide for purposeful things to put under the tree for a boater. Some of these are my favourite boat purchases over the years, while others are things I’d love to get under the tree. Happy shopping! 1 – Wonderbag Ideal for boats with no ovens, or just wanting to conserve cooking fuel. A great gift for any boat…

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Exploring Jedediah Island, the Hidden Gem

Exploring Jedediah Island, the Hidden Gem

Jedediah is my favourite island. It’s a small island tucked in between Texada Island and Lasqueti Island, and the entire 243 hectare island is a designated marine park! At some point after it was a park, Parks BC seemed to start to build a park ranger building or something in Long Bay. I suspect there was a change in funding and the project seemed to cease, with the structure still standing locked up, with a lone rocking chair in it….

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Mastering Thanksgiving on a Boat

Mastering Thanksgiving on a Boat

There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving on a boat. With fewer boats on the water, vivid fall foliage and pumpkins lattes in the crisp fall air, the boat is a relaxing way to spend a Thanksgiving long weekend. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner on a boat can be tricky in a small boat galley, but if you keep things simple, you can have a delicious feast. We tend to think bigger is better, or the more complicated the recipe is the better it…

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6 Great Fall Boating Destinations

6 Great Fall Boating Destinations

With the mornings starting to feel like fall with the crisp air and morning dew, it’s time to plan your fall boating. Anchoring in a quiet bay, enjoying the fewer boats out on the water is always a great option, but here’s six great destination cruises to consider. 1 – Salt Spring Fall Fair September 15th – 16th Sail to Salt Spring and enjoy a quintessential gulf island fall fair. Sample Salt Spring Island lamb, view the cute bunnies and chickens,…

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Galley Problem Be Gone!

Galley Problem Be Gone!

I love sewing projects that solve a problem. On the boat I like to hang my galley linens (tea towels and dish cloths) over the oven door handle. They are completely accessible while I’m working in the galley and it maximizes the space. I don’t need to lean and stretch to reach them, or hang up hooks, making the galley space smaller than it already is. The only downside I’ve found by hanging them over the oven door handle is…

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10 Things you can do to celebrate Canada Day & July 4th

10 Things you can do to celebrate Canada Day & July 4th

1. Sidney Dinner en Rouge, June 29th                                                                           ‘Sidney Days’ kicks off on June 29th, starting with Dinner en Rouge on the waterfront. 2. Butchart Gardens Fireworks, June 30th Butchart Gardens kicks off their summer fireworks with fireworks at 10:15pm. 3. Sidney Fireworks, June 30th Performances on…

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Boat Sewing Project!

Boat Sewing Project!

With the warm weather here, it’s officially happy hour in the cockpit season! As I look at my cockpit I realize it is definitely time for new canvas on the surrounding life line and railings. You can make all the effort in the world for a cozy cockpit for drinks, but if your surrounding canvas has seen better days it’s time for a sewing project. I maybe should have done this a year earlier, but not realizing it was going…

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Prawning 101

Prawning 101

Buttered prawns, prawn curry, prawn pasta, pickled prawns in a caesar….the list really goes on. Prawns are super tasty and a relatively easy thing to catch, no digging, no wadding in the water, just a little arm muscle coupled with a trap. Prawning in BC waters is as simple as a few steps: 1. Get a Fishing License Fishing in BC waters, salt water or fresh water requires a fishing license.  Fishing licenses can be easily purchased online and at…

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