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Paving the Way to Cleaner Boating – How a Commitment to Reducing our Environmental Impact is Inspiring Cleaner Boating in Ontario

Over the past seven decades, Ontario’s marina industry has developed alongside some of Canada’s largest freshwater lakes. Boaters have been able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and create lasting memories on the water, with certain marinas dating back to the 1960s.

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Rediscovering my boating backyard

Undoubtedly the best part of my job is that I get to explore different waterways and communities all over North America and, as you may have seen in Season 2 of Water Ways, even the South of France and its historic Canal du Midi.

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Cruising Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands: Canada’s Freshwater Paradise for Boaters

It’s a beautiful morning as we perform our pre-departure checklist, fire up the engines and prepare to release our lines. And if the long-range forecast of very low winds coupled with plenty of sunshine holds, that’s exactly what we need for the areas we plan to explore on this trip! 

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Discover the Boating Community at Humber Bay Park West

May 23, 2024 Annual Open House Saturday, June 1st, 2024…

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Destinations: Bayfield Marine Turns 40 with Big April Events

Ron and Pat Reder started out in October 1984 across the road from where they are right now on the Bayfield River just outside Bayfield ON.

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Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands has Reopened

Feb 22, 2024 Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin…

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Telegraph Cove—from Resource Community to Tourist Delight

Telegraph Cove is a small indent situated on Johnstone Strait in the Salish Sea, 15nm southeast of Port McNeill and near Robson Bight, famous for its orca-rubbing beaches. The village has experienced many iterations with a long history—the harbour once served as a summer camp for the Kwakwaka’wakw who fished and hunted here beginning about 8,000 years ago. Many of their descendants still live in the area.

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Serious Fun at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is one of the world’s best sailing competitions and the largest regatta in the Caribbean. The event includes four days of world-class racing and four days of world-class partying.

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Cruising: Nautical Safari to Tanzania, 2022

In October 2015, I purchased a Richard Woods Elf 26 catamaran in South Africa. But it wasn’t until 2017, after a major refit in Gordon’s Bay, South Africa that she was delivered to Watamu, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean North Coast. That voyage took some three or four months of sailing over a period of almost nine months.

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NEVER THOUGHT – 10 Days in French Polynesia

It was getting late in November and Georgian Bay was lo…

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Destinations: Peachland Yacht Club on Okanagan Lake

Peachland Yacht Club (PYC) is located on Okanagan Lake…

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Sponsored: Consider Victoria

Ranked one of the best cities in the world to live! Hav…

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Top 10 Canal-side Patios on the Rideau Canal

Spending time on the water is a natural appetite booste…

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Cruising: Lake Huron’s Lee Shore

Mark’s full story appears in the June issue of Canadian…

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Lake Huron’s Lee Shore

Lake Huron’s lee shore, an area including Port Franks,…

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Inside the Peterborough Lift lock

Last summer Waterways TV debuted with host Steve Bull’s tour of Ontario. In this episode Parks Canada’s Chad Buchner takes Steve behind-the-scenes of the world-famous Peterborough Lift Lock (the world’s largest) and even lets him ‘drive’ it. Understanding this technology is not quite as much fun as boating it, but it will have to suffice until spring!

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A Taste of Superior: The East Shore

Our 2020 cruise in the North Channel was too good for a one-off, so, when a career move provided downtime in summer 2021, we sailed north for more.

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Gordie Howe – Bridging the Detroit River

I sail on Lake St Clair. Michigan is on one side of the lake, and Ontario is on the other. My sailboat is winter-stored 23 miles away, downstream on the Detroit River. Similarly, one side of the river is USA, and the other Ontario.

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Cruising: Desolation Sound the Summer of Yes!

The bright summer sun forces its way through magnificent Arbutus trees as I dive off our pop-up-dock finding reprieve in the 80 degree F waters. Sharing the water with a friendly seal as brilliant star fish and oysters cling to the rocky shores of Roscoe Bay. Am I really in British Columbia?

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The Other Virgin Islands

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

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Kingston Yacht Club Archives Its Sailing Legacy

The Kingston Yacht Club (KYC) celebrated its 125th anniversary in the summer of 2021, in all the conventional ways COVID-19 protocols would permit, as well as one imaginative and progressive way that will serve its members and visitors for years to come.

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West Side Story

It was the last day of August and we were in Little Current heading south. Our Lasalle winter haul out was still over a month away.

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In Search of the Perfect Marina

You’ve invested thousands and thousands of dollars into your boat so naturally, you want to find just the right spot for her to live, and where you can enjoy her to the maximum.

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Cowichan Bay—A Slow-Living Escape to Marine Heritage, Food and Local Artisanry

Cowichan Bay is a waterfront village with a row of shops, artisan products, marine supplies and a variety of places to eat. It also has a delightful Maritime Centre.

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The Lady-like Atmosphere of Ladysmith

Instant towns have sprung up in the past, especially on the BC coast. In the late 1850s, Victoria grew overnight into a tent city when hordes of prospectors stopped by to provision for their quest to get rich in the Fraser goldfields.

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Cruising the Rideau Canal

Following the War of 1812, a battle that Canada narrowly won against the United States, the boundaries of Upper Canada were held and the British army realized that the St. Lawrence River was no longer safe as a supply route.    

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Heading South

You’ve weathered COVID and you’re ready to book your charter to paradise. You’ve done some homework, but your float plan’s also got some blank spots.

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Steeped in Canadian history and French culture: Quebec City as a port destination

If you are looking for an interesting destination for a weekend trip or longer, Quebec City will deliver. Located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, this Francophone city is a prime boating destination with unique boating conditions, a vibrant waterfront scene, and excellent food, drink and culture.

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World Cruising: Fjaka – latest self-help buzzword or are the Croatians on to something?

A holiday often is defined by the experiences we make in unique and beautiful settings. But what about that indulgently lazy contentment of doing nothing that turns a holiday into a vacation? Croatia has taken their sentiment of Fjaka to heart.

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Update from St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines is open to tourists and Horizon Yacht Charters are looking forward to welcoming our Canadian friends, old and new! You can fly from various locations in Canada via Barbados and then to St Vincent on InterCaribbean Airways or FlyOne and there are direct flights from Toronto with Air Canada on Mondays.

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Destination Victoria, BC’s Capital City

We bobbed in the brisk winds while rounding the breakwater into Victoria Harbour, then lowered sail immediately. As the harbour is crisscrossed by full-sized and miniature ferries, pleasure craft and commercial vessels—the whole supplemented by a stream of arriving and departing seaplanes—sailing is strictly forbidden.

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Boating In the Birthplace of Confederation

Over the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) gathered in Charlottetown to discuss the idea of bringing these diverse colonies together and forming a country.

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New Ottawa River destination opens

The new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming francophone village in Eastern Ontario, this joined marina and restaurant venue is the ambitious initiative of long-time entrepreneur André Chabot and biologist Alexandra Quester, both residents of L’Orignal.

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Destinations: Victoria, BC’s Capital City

In the June edition of Canadian Yachting Marianne Scott takes us to a city she knows well, Victoria. Victoria Harbour is well protected from strong winds and Coast Salish people flourished in the area for several thousand years. In 1843, the Hudson’s Bay Co. set up a stockaded fort in the area near today’s Bastion Square with the goal of trading with the Indigenous people.

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Join a Boating Club

In my lifetime I have been a member of 5 yacht clubs. There were big differences. The one that I grew up at, is where I learned to sail and to drive a motorboat. The second one didn’t have a clubhouse. All we did was race off the beach.

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Ahoy by a Century!

Commemorating 100 (+1) years of through-navigation on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

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TRIPPING The Niagara soars over the River on TVO

On Friday, April 2 at 7 pm ET on TVO and streaming anytime after that on tvo.org and the TVO YouTube channel, TVO presents the world broadcast and online premiere of TVO Original TRIPPING The Niagara. This is the second installment of the hugely popular and immersive Tripping series.

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Salt Spring Island with Gourmet Food and Drink

Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to do with locally produced food. It started thousands of years ago when the Coast Salish First Nations used the Island as a summer camp, collecting wild foods while also processing the abundant sea food for winter sustenance.

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Protecting North Channel Shoreline at Vidal Bay, Manitoulin Island

The North Channel is one of the most beautiful sailing destinations on the planet – known the world over for its spectacular scenery, its clear waters inviting you in for a cool dip, and its pristine shorelines boasting stunning jagged coastline and quiet coves. Following the southern border of the channel is Manitoulin Island – the largest freshwater island in the world.

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