A Good Season

The 2013 Summer Season Sparkled


After a slow start to the season, 2013 saw a lot of activity on the water. Carla and I spent five weeks cruising the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound and the Cordero Channel area. A prawn festival at Cowichan was the highlight of our first of three trips. It was busy, good weather, and we met up with several boating friends as well as a number of boat owners we had not met before. This trend continued through the summer. Several stops at Ganges gave us the opportunity to meet more boating enthusiasts, visit the stores that sell our books and take in the Saturday market. We checked out the new library and enjoyed the local bakeries and restaurants. Ladysmith Maritime Society, Telegraph Harbour and Thetis were highlights with us spending some quality time there. Nanaimo was a good stop where, after some business with our book distributor there, we took a break and spent time with family and friends. Our trip up the Sunshine Coast included visits to Secret Cove and meeting with friends and business associates, Pender Harbour where we ran across some long-time friends helping David Pritchard and Jennifer Love at Fisherman’s Resort marina. Val and Gerry Louden had recently returned after 18 years sailing around the world. A visit to Westview had us using the newly opened path linking the main dock with the visitor docks extension. The wharfinger Jasmine Brown directed us to her ice cream stand at Lund. We visited the new harbourmaster at Lund, Darlene Denholm. She had us call on her delightful daughter Chelsea at Snug Cove’s Union Steamship Marina on Bowen Island on our way home. Snug Cove was busy in the midst of a festival featuring classic boats and a market. We stopped at Gibsons and checked out their new floating loading dock and a good restaurant that was open early in the morning. [To be continued]