New Book Launch

The latest work from Peter Vassilopoulos, Cruising the Inside Passage, is a memoir of many years on the coast. Illustrations in this coffee table book will show friends why you go boating and serve as a memento to your own coastal travels. It is designed to appeal to boaters as well as ferry and cruise ship travellers. The illustrations will recount places you have been or places you would like to see on your next trip. It is an ideal gift for would be travellers of the inside passage of Washington State, British Columbia and Alaska. And it should appeal to those intent on seeing the coast by boat, by ferry or by cruise ship.

Cruising the Inside Passage

An illustrated coffee table book for travellers by boat, ferry and cruise ship

Cruising the Inside Passage

There is a new book due for release before Christmas 2015. It is an illustrated coffee table book based on travelling by boat, ferry and cruise ship through the Inside Passage of the Pacific Northwest.

It begins with a look at scenes in Puget Sound, including places of interest for all travellers. It continues with scenic views and anchorages in the San Juan Islands followed by an exploration of the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound then on to the Broughton Islands and the north end of Vancouver Island. The book follows the Inside Passage through Fitz Hugh Sound, the old mill town of Ocean Falls and on through Prince Rupert to Southeast Alaska. The final section of the book covers Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka and Juneau and winds up in Skagway with aerial photos of Glacier Bay. It includes a look at some attractions that draw thousands of tourists to the area by cruise ship every year. The book ends with a bonus look at some of the destinations beyond Skagway with illustrations taking the reader on a vicarious trip that includes a look at Dawson City in the Yukon.

Updated Gulf Islands eBook Released

Many New Photos and Aerials Added

Gulf Islands BookWe have just released a new eBook version of our Gulf Islands Cruising Guide with many new photos and aerials added. There are always changes to telephone numbers and contacts for the various places we mention in our books and we do our best to keep them updated. From time to time we also receive updates from our many boating friends out there and for that we are very grateful. To get the latest eBook, you can find it in the book store here on our site. We also offer the 2014 Hard Copy version and if you decide to purchase the hard copy, send us a note and we’ll send you the eBook at no extra charge.

A Good Season (Continued…)

The 2013 Summer Season Sparkled

Big Bay

Big Bay

Another prawn festival was due at Powell River, but we missed it by a week. We did however have Jim Coulton and Donna Koleszar jump in their boat and join us for a few days in Desolation Sound. We visited Gorge Harbour, Refuge Cove, Squirrel Cove, Toba Wildernest Resort and the new lodge at Homfray Channel. Trails have been added at Toba Wildernest for those who enjoy hiking. We also checked out the anchorage at Ramsey Arm. It was a beautiful place to visit and to stay during calm conditions. We were impressed with the take-out meals at the new Flying Squirrel at Squirrel Cove and the art gallery at Refuge Cove.

Big Bay was quiet on the way up to Cordero Channel and somewhat busier on the return trip. We stopped at Shoal Bay and spent time with newfound friends as well as owner Mark MacDonald, then moved on to Blind Channel. More new friends and sadly we learned of the medical state of Laura Richter. She passed away later in the summer and many who know the Richter family share their grief. The Richter’s must have had a really tough time coping with business as usual during that very difficult period.

We moved on to spend some time with fellow Monaro owners John and Maria Sehmer and their friends from Ganges. Cordero Lodge was being cared for by new owners and had received a new coat of paint, for starters.

At Sidney Bay in Loughborough Inlet we had the pleasure of meeting Dane Campbell, a fellow magazine writer and coast settler who, with his wife, have spent many years homesteading in that bay. They have a dock for overnight visitors and it’s a good place to tie up while waiting for the winds to abate in Johnstone Strait.

We ended up the cruising season with a visit to the San Juan Islands. Time in the San Juans included stops at Spencer Spit, Stuart Island, Blakely Island, West Sound, Olga, Rosario and Deer Harbor. We particularly enjoyed meeting up with friends in their new-to-them American Tug and the boaters at Stuart Island.

A Good Season

The 2013 Summer Season Sparkled

Gibsons

Visiting Gibsons

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]