Take it Slow Around Vancouver Island

If you have never cruised outside of the Salish Sea’s fairly protected waters, a certain amount of anxiety about sailing the west coast of Vancouver Island is natural. The waters on the Inside Passage are not without their…

Walsh Cove, a BC Marine Park Jewel

For mariners heading north each year, Walsh Cove is a favorite destination. This year, with the border closed, British Columbia boaters have had this pristine cove nestled in the middle of Desolation Sound all to themselves.…

The Smaller the Marina, the Bigger the Personality: Lund Harbour

Lund Harbour is a must-stop destination on the way to Desolation Sound Editor's Note: Before we begin, we continue to hear some reports of American cruisers illegally crossing the closed border between the U.S. and Canada to…

Island Life 2020

A Potpourri Of Perspectives about Cruising in the San Juan Islands From the August, 2020 issue of 48° North. For many boaters around the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands are the quintessential destination for summer…

Small Marina, Big Personality: Texada Boat Club

Canadian cruiser, Ruth Brown, shares stories of her visits to the small, charming marina communities of British Columbia. It may be bittersweet reading for American cruisers—we'll just have to live vicariously until the…

The Ultimate Weekend

A Brief Escapade to Carr Inlet From the July 2020 issue of 48° North Weekend adventures are the ones that many of us live for. Friday evening to Monday morning—that magical window is all ours, and the effort to get out is…

Heaven On Earth

A family journey to a jewel of the Salish Sea, Princess Louisa Inlet From the May, 2019 issue of 48° North. Mention the name “Princess Louisa Inlet” to nearly any boater who has had the privilege of visiting its…

Interviews with Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor About Re-Opening

John Neal of Mahina Expeditions interviews representatives from Port of Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort about their recent openings The rumors are true, the San Juan Islands are open! According to the San Juan County…

Birds and a Birthday at “Booby Island”

Discovering what makes Isla Isabel the "Galapagos of Mexico" An orange- and yellow-hued sunrise spread across the vast Pacific Ocean illuminating Yahtzee and the only other noticeable thing in our path, Isla Isabel. After a…

Dog-Friendly Destinations

Around Puget Sound Gig Harbor Charming Gig Harbor is a wonderful stop on any cruise. With multiple guest moorage options and anchoring space to boot, there is a spot to be found and some fun to be had in Gig Harbor for most…