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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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A Weekend in Genoa Bay

A Weekend in Genoa Bay

Genoa Bay is a lovely little bay nestled in the north end of Cowichan Bay. Often overlooked as a great weekend destination, Genoa Bay is a great alternative to the Gulf Islands. Offering picturesque surroundings, Genoa Bay is a lovely cruising destination that offers the feel of a remote destination, while only being a nice day sail from Victoria. Dining at the Genoa Bay Cafe Take a break from cooking and enjoy lunch or dinner in their cozy cafe offering views…

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An Afternoon at Bennett Bay

An Afternoon at Bennett Bay

A few years back while anchored in Winter Cove off Saturna Island, we decided to take the tender out and venture over to Bennett Bay off Mayne Island. Bennett Bay is a lovely afternoon outing,  it offers a long sandy beach for endless fun and a nice short trail to Campbell Point. Bennett Bay offers no dock, but the big sandy beach makes it very easy to take a tender ashore. Bennett Bay is part of the Gulf Island National…

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Hidden Robertson Lake Part 1

Hidden Robertson Lake Part 1

For all those times you’ve been anchored in Von Donop and wished there was a lake nearby to go for a swim, there is! There seems to be a lovely hidden lake that barely any cruisers know about since it’s off the beaten trail. We have been going to this lake for years and have only ever seen anyone else on the trail twice. Each time we’ve gone we’ve had the entire lake to ourselves. Yes, Cortes Island seems to have…

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Hike to an Old Goldmine

Hike to an Old Goldmine

Been as far as Desolation and haven’t ventured further, take a break from the warm waters and hike to an old goldmine! East Thurlow Island was once the home of an active gold mine. Shoal Bay as we know it today is the home of a rustic marina, but it once was an active gold mine town with a school and two hotels. As with most logging and mining activity, once the mine shut down some of the equipment was…

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Jedediah Island!

Jedediah Island!

Jedediah is one of my favourite islands. Between having a picnic in the old orchard and exploring the island via the countless sheep and goat trails, your time at Jedediah will go quickly. There’s a few main trails on the island leading to the old farm and beaches, and when you get tired of those, there’s a hike to the highest point on the island. There’s two ways up, one longer and more gradual, while the other one is a…

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Tenedos Bay, Bold Head Hike

Tenedos Bay, Bold Head Hike

There’s a fantastic short hike to the summit of Bold Head that starts in cove inside Tendos Bay, just below Bold Head. While cruising I don’t always like to commit to a long hike, so finding a balance between getting some exercise and still having time to nap and late afternoon happy hour can be hard. Yes, first world problems really. I was super happy to find this hike, it’s short but intense and you it ends with a gorgeous view….

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