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One of the Best Beaches in the Gulf Islands

One of the Best Beaches in the Gulf Islands

Forget the crowds, Dionisio Point Provincial Park on the north tip of Galiano Island is one of the best sandy beaches in the Gulf Islands. This beach is absolutely gorgeous, and as it faces the Straight of Gorgia, the water is actually swimmable! This beach is passed regularly by boaters going through Porlier Pass, but as it’s marine access only and  doesn’t offer great anchorage, this beach is largely visited by powerboats and kayaks. Dionisio Point Provincial Park does offer…

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Hash Browns Always an Option

Hash Browns Always an Option

Wake up in the morning wanting a proper bacon and eggs breakfast and saddened when you realize you don’t have any potatoes for hash browns? This used to be us until some foodie friends introduced us to dehydrated hash browns, they are fantastic! Ok, I know, dehydrated hash browns, really? If I didn’t have foodie friends introduce us I probably would have snubbed my nose up at them, but yes, on the boat they are perfect. Dehydrated mashed potatoes still…

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A Quintessential Weekend at Montague Harbour

A Quintessential Weekend at Montague Harbour

Montague Harbour is a popular anchorage in the Gulf Islands, and not without good reason. This popular anchorage offers a wide range of activities right at your footsteps. The long standing iconic Bakery Boat may be gone, but with a freshened up Marina over the last few years under new ownership, Montague is a lovely destination. Saturday Go For a Walk and Explore the Beach Take your tender to the dinghy dock and go for a lovely walk along the…

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“Pub Crawl” in the Broughton Archipelago’s

“Pub Crawl” in the Broughton Archipelago’s

The Broughton’s is a great cruising destination in the summer, offering beautiful west coast scenery off the northern part of Vancouver Island. Cruising in the Broughton’s one can feel a little more isolated, as you’re sailing around with fewer boats feeling a little small amongst the huge surrounding wilderness. Sailors can always find a twist on the traditional pub crawl, meaning that when all the random boats head to the few marina’s for the night, the marina’s turns into defacto pubs. Boaters…

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There’s Always Time For Fresh Pizza

There’s Always Time For Fresh Pizza

You’ve just woken up from your afternoon siesta, relaxing in the cockpit with a drink and a few happy hour nibbles, pondering what to make for dinner. Do you do roasted sausages with a spinach salad and maybe new potatoes, pasta tossed with parmesan, peas and bacon, ….hmmm, no wait, ….pizza! After being inspired by boating friends fancy flat bread, dinner tonight was definitely going to have to be pizza. Typically, it seems making pizza dough takes hours, requiring far…

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Concerts Cruising Style

Concerts Cruising Style

Feel like you have to choose between going cruising and live music concerts, think again! This summer you have back to back weekend concerts in August to fill your concert needs. Start in Desolation Sound for the weekend of August 5th, head up through the rapids and sail to Shoal Bay and then start to head home and stop in Pender Harbour. So here’s the deal: August 5th – Dinghy Concert in Prideaux Haven This event has been growing in popularity…

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Boating Canada Day Long Weekend

Boating Canada Day Long Weekend

Boating plans for the Canada Day long weekend? The summer weather on the west coast has finally arrived, our proper summer cruising season is here! Looking around the local waters there’s some great boating destinations to celebrate the long weekend, and further extend your weekend to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s some options I found to help you pick your celebration destination of choice, such a hard life us boaters have: June 30th Sidney BC Fireworks ‘Sidney Days’ kicks off on…

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Always Listen to Hippies

Always Listen to Hippies

In a previous post, Hidden Robertson Lake Part I, I mentioned along the trail heading back to our tender we met some local Cortes hippies that gave us some island insight. At the time, I was nodding in agreement that the place sounded nice, but really, once we were on our way I thought ‘a lovely person’, but that was pretty much useless information. …so you want to know what she shared? The women was welcoming us to the island…

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Fresh Tortillas at Anchor Anyone?

Fresh Tortillas at Anchor Anyone?

As I approach the summer cruising season, I start to think about what new recipe I will be adding to the galley repertoire. We may not be planning an offshore trip, but inshore sailing doesn’t mean that you’ll have a grocery store nearby either. Sure I can plan a food provisioning trip, but the more options I can carry on the boat, the less reliance I have on little grocery stores that may only get new stock once a week. This…

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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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