Echoes of a Homesteading Past on Jedediah Island

Every time we drop the hook at Jedediah Island, we dream about leaving the modern world behind to try our hand at homesteading. A small island tucked between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the middle of the Strait of…

Cowichan Bay: A Charming Seaside Village with a Throwback Vibe

Marinas at Cowichan Bay have a mix of working boats and recreational vessels. The first hint about the place we would be arriving at was the marina. As we headed toward Cowichan Bay, a village on the east coast of southern…

What’s in a name? Burgoyne Bay

Here's our latest destinations piece courtesy of Salish Sea Pilot about finding plentiful hiking on beautiful Salt Spring Island.... An almost daily treat in the warmer months is a lovely sunset to the west of Burgoyne Bay.…

Destinations: Cozying up to Waiatt Bay

Enjoy our latest installment from Lynne Picard of SalishSeaPilot.com about a favorite anchorage on British Columbia's Quadra Island. With unsettled weather in our late-season forecast, we wanted a sheltered place to drop the…

2022 Waggoner Cruising Guide Now Available

The latest edition of the Waggoner Cruising Guide is full of updates and new additions, and it features a new look.  “After a tough year of boating due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the Canadian border being closed, there…

A few days at Oro Bay

Oro Bay on the south end of Anderson Island in the Salish Sea is a beautiful anchorage with a nearby park, quiet privacy, and wonderful views. Having grown up in the South Salish Sea, I spent a lot of time at various…

Video: A Southeast Alaska Summer

Carl Davis and his wife Roz Montgomery moved to Orcas Island 5 years ago, where they purchased their first boat, a 2006 Tartan 3400.  Over the next three summers they made trips to the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, and the…

Destinations: Portland Island — Heaven, Most of the Time

Here’s our latest installment from Lynne Picard of SalishSeaPilot.com about a beloved anchorage in the Gulf Islands. Writing about destinations for a cruising guide means we drop the hook in a lot of anchorages, often…

Weekend Warriors: Alaska Amazes Again

The surprise of a borrowed power-cruiser gets the Cross family back out on the water to one of their favorite anchorages in Alaska. Sitting in the cockpit of our friend's sailboat, I listen to conversation and laughter,…

Close to the Water: Secret Society of the Lower Columbia

With miles of backwater sloughs, scads of wildlife, and no competition for anchorages, I’ve often wondered why the Lower Columbia River is so empty of small cruising boats like mine. Row Bird is frequently the only one…