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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cruising: Creating Ontario’s largest protected area complex south of the Canadian Shield on Manitoulin

Located in Lake Huron, the internationally significant Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. It supports some of the highest quality alvar habitat on the planet, interspersed within sand plain forests, wetlands, sand dunes, shoreline and the Niagara Escarpment.

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Trent-Severn: The Great Canadian Waterway

Ontario’s best-kept secret, the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic site holds the key to boating bliss in the time of pandemic-era travel. An epic 386km long, this historic navigable network of gorgeous lakes and rivers invites you to plan an endless array of mini holidays from one Great Lake to another.

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Raise Your Spirit(s) at Sidney’s Seaport Place

Sidney is a great destination for boaters. Two marinas provide access to provisions and many restaurants and shops. Another attraction, Victoria Distillers, is located next to Port Sidney Marina and offers informative tasting tours.

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One of my favourite anchorages in all of BC is at Montague Harbour Marina (Bob Nicoll)

Located on the sunny south shore of the harbour, the Marina is on pilings over the water, offering annual, winter and guest moorage, a brand new fuel station with zero-ethanol gas and diesel, Wi-Fi and garbage/recycling drop-off is included overnight moorage, an incredibly well-stocked market and general store, ice cream parlour, coffee shop, 15 and 30amp power…

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British Columbia Is Better on a Boat

With the travel bug inside each of us, we must do what is necessary to keep other bugs out by staying within our region and limiting our long-distance travel. Chartering with us at Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School may very well be the adventure you have been searching for to explore BC and navigate this unprecedented situation safely.

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If you’ve ever considered living aboard your boat then The Greater Vancouver Floating Home Co-op is one option to consider.

Spruce Harbour Marina is owned and operated by the Greater Vancouver Floating Home Co-op (GVFHC) as a cooperative liveaboard marina for co-op members. The GVFHC was formed in 1974 to find a legitimate way for people to live on their boats in the heart of the city.

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Pierre’s at Echo Bay Lodge & Marina

For those boaters wanting to enjoy the majesty of the Broughton as you tour around the thousands of bays and coves that hold all kinds of hidden gems in the form of wildlife, marine life, fresh coastal air, and miles and miles of magnificent scenery, Pierre’s at Echo Bay Lodge & Marina, just has to be included in your plans.

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Chemainus—the Little Town That Did

The approach to the Chemainus Municipal Dock from Stuart Channel is straightforward and is protected from all but strong northerly winds. The only obstacle may be some large log booms often anchored in the harbour. The Dock is immediately south of the B.C. ferry terminal; the ferry runs to Thetis- and Penelakut Islands.

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Moutcha Bay Resort and Marina

As summer comes to an end the planning begins for next year’s adventure on the water and Moutcha Bay Resort is high on the bucket list. You can bring your own boat to the Resort. They offer moorage at the fishing resort. Complementary boat launch is provided to registered guests at Moutcha Bay Resort and you can take advantage of their full-service marina with 70 boat slips. 

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Cruising Destinations – From Montreal fun to Lake Champlain serenity

Protected waters, great marinas, historical sites and superb scenery make for a fine mix of adventure and no-stress navigation between Montreal to the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain.

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The Rideau: Living the Past today

History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ministers by date and looking out the window. Who knew it was actually interesting.

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Canadian Cruising – There’s No Place Like Home!

Canadians are blessed in many ways and especially when it comes to boating. We enjoy some the world’s most beautiful cruising waters and many places are as sheltered as they are scenic.

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Homfray Lodge is a welcome respite on your yachting adventure in Desolation Sound

There are new owners and of course we are still dealing with Covid 19 so check in for current updates at their website.

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