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Month: May 2017

Blues Cruise to Pender Harbour

Blues Cruise to Pender Harbour

Having a sailboat really can add stress to ones life in the summer that non boat owners just don’t appreciate. Non boat owners approach a weekend starting to plan out a hike somewhere, or picking a cafe to go for a relaxed breakfast, while sailboat owners are looking at the weather assessing the sailing conditions, tides, and having to select an anchorage that offers the hiking, and food festival and music festival that fancies them. This added weekend stress is…

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Spotting Porpoises Will Never Be the Same

Spotting Porpoises Will Never Be the Same

When I first started sailing, spotting any kind of wild life on the water was super exciting. I’d scan the water to catch a glimpse of a seal or a porpoise, or scour the sky for eagles. Now, it’s the times we bring guests aboard that I’m reminded how spoiled one can get when having a sailboat. I will say though that spotting porpoises on the water still gets me excited. Those special times they decide to play with your…

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A Wistful Weekend in Winter Cove

A Wistful Weekend in Winter Cove

Winter Cove on Saturna Island is one of my favourite anchorages in the Gulf Islands. It offers beautiful views, a walking trail in the marine park and it’s only a short dinghy ride to the public dock in Lyall Harbour. Saturna Island can sometimes feel a little more out of the way than other Gulf Islands for a weekend destination, but depending on your home port, it can be a shorter trip than going to Salt Spring Island. As you approach…

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Oysters in a Lime Marmalade Glaze Anyone?

Oysters in a Lime Marmalade Glaze Anyone?

Boating plans yet for the May long weekend? If the answer is no, here’s a great foodie option to think about. On Saturday May 20th, Gorge Harbour is hosting SeaFest 2017. With tasty options such as Oyster Rockefeller, white wine steamed clams and prawns in sweet chili thai sauce, why wouldn’t you go. The May long weekend kicks off the warm weather boating season, so why not kick it off with tasty seafood and a beer garden! If you don’t…

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Whale Massage

Whale Massage

Years ago I had a friend from the northern part of Vancouver Island tell me that there was this special beach you could go to watch whales rub on the rocks. She was telling me that killer whales absolutely love the way the rocks are positioned in this little bay, and like to rub themselves on them. I wasn’t really sure if this was just a side effect from living in a rural town where your entertainment options are minimal,…

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