Haida Gwaii Hot Springs

Will the Waters Flow Again?

The hot springs at Haida Gwaii are dry, following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last month. Will the waters return? I doubt it. And that is a shame, as the impact on tourism to the islands could be affected. It surely will not deter folks from visiting the islands in future but there will be some disappointment if the hot springs are no longer functioning. Unless…the pools get sealed and filled with water from another source, then heated (propane furnace) to simulate the springs. After all the pools are in place, and there are structures on site that serve as change rooms and showers. I am sure many would be pleased to see that take place as an alternative.

St Roch Legacy

A letter from a former RCMP Officer

I have a copy of the recently published book The History of the RCMP Marine Services. You may be interested to know that I made a knife from wood (the handle) recovered from timbers that were removed for replacement, from the St Roch. I made it for the RCMP Heritage Museum.
The St Roch was brought to Vancouver for a refit in the mid 1950s. It was at this time that the timbers were removed and found to be good quality teak. One of the work crew salvaged the teak and gave it to retired member, Fred Bodnaruk, of North Vancouver who used it for the making of several violins, one of which he presented to the museum.
It was Fred who gave me the piece from which I made the knife handle as well as a presentation case for the knife. The blade has an etching of the St Roch, which was done by one Eugene Schreiner of Saskatoon. —Tony Wachowicz RCMP (retired).

RCMP Book Presented on Global News

Ken Burton Presents the New Book, "The History of the RCMP Marine Services"

Steveston Harbour

New Imperial Landing Pier Draws Visitors

The new dock at Steveston is proving to be a popular move by the city of Richmond. Now to add to the embellishment of the harbour, a paddle sport facility has been added to the pier. Tony Dales, owner of the local cycle and paddle store, has a kayak rental facility on a float behind the new facility, having moved that business to Richmond from Ladner.
Steveston Harbour, in this writer’s opinion, has long been in need of a substantial visitors dock. There is a large community of boat owners on the Fraser River and the village of Steveston is an ideal place for a day cruise year round. Marine stores, restaurants, the historic Cannery and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard are among the many draws to the village. A farmers’ market is a regular feature on weekends, coffee shops abound and the fish market on the docks is a busy weekend feature.
Local residents have commented favourably on the placement of the new dock at the Imperial Pier. They have expressed agreement with visiting mariners that future expansion of this dock to embrace a larger segment of the waterfront would be a welcome addition in due course.
The Imperial Pier dock offers up to three hours of free tie-up and a fee for time beyond that.

Marina Raises the Bar

Marina at Ladysmith is Helping Put the Town More on the Map

The Ladysmith Maritime Society has taken on an entirely new facade with the installation of their new floating office and meeting place. The structure was added to the docks in time for summer 2012 and offers casual meeting space downstairs with a more formal upstairs gathering place. The structure houses a small kitchen and offers light snacks and occasional meals and it provides showers and washrooms for mooring customers. The long main dock accommodates numbers of overnight visitors and a harbour master is on duty and constantly available to assist visiting mariners. Mark Mercer has been at the job many years and is well experienced at handling the needs of visitors. He says “No matter how busy we get, we are always available to our customers.”
Weekends see the presence of part time manager Paul Notte and his wife running the show. A barbecue patio on the west side of the office provides a place for groups to gather and dine. Several buildings house museum paraphernalia reflecting the history of the society, the harbour and the town of Ladysmith.
Cross the road at the landing overlooking the marina and venture over old railway lines, past the old logging and train building and cross the Island Highway to pay a visit to the town. This quaint place is in the process of being improved as a colourful and historic stop, with a popular bakery, art shops and restaurants. A bus stops at the marina and carries passengers into town and back every day.
Executive Director, Tom Irwin, (tomirwin@ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca) welcomes input from mariners.