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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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Prawny Goodness

Prawny Goodness

Prawns can be one of the most easiest things to catch while on the boat. Prawning is like anything though, you need to know where to go, and when, and when the stars align you can feast on prawns! Between the gulf islands and the Broughton’s, there’s opportunities to catch prawns. I have to admit growing up in the city where you typically buy shrimp all nicely cleaned and packaged, getting use to fresh caught food where you have a…

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Coffee Snob A Float

Coffee Snob A Float

I love my morning coffee. Whether it’s enjoying a coffee with my breakfast, or savouring a quiet moment in the morning before the world gets up cuddled with a coffee. Coffee on the boat does not mean one needs to sacrifice, there are many great options depending on your coffee preference. Over the years I’ve experimented with several options to find what best suits my galley storage options. Here’s my favourite coffee equipment on the boat: Moka Pot Moka Pot’s…

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Happy Hour Roasted Chili Lime Chickpeas

Happy Hour Roasted Chili Lime Chickpeas

Happy hour is a boater staple. It doesn’t matter where you’re boating, what kind of boat you have, happy hour is happy hour. There are no real rules for happy hour, it merely involves the drink of your choice and something paired to snack on. It’s the relaxing part at the end of your day where you can put in as much or as little effort as you like. Crack open a beer and a bag of chips, or mix…

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