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Discover the Southern Gulf Islands

July 16th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Headline, Hot off the press, On the Water

Discover the Southern Gulf Islands

Vancouver Sun, July 15 2016 We live within a life ring’s toss of one of the 52 places the New York Times recommended you should visit this year. Board a B.C. Ferry and within an hour you can be at the first of five Southern Gulf Island gems. We tried to visit them all in one […]

Destination – The Perfect Penders

February 11th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press, On the Water

Destination - The Perfect Penders

North and South Pender combined may only be 36.6 sq. kilometres – but trust me – lots of attractions are crammed into these compact islands. Start with three marinas, one marine park, three public docks, and abundant bays and nooks for daytime anchoring. Then add accessible hiking opportunities; nearby campsites if your cockpit is spilling […]

A Saturna Sojourn

February 9th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press, On the Water

A Saturna Sojourn

We can never figure out why boaters don’t spend more time at Saturna’s Winter Cove. It’s packed every July 1st, during the annual lamb barbecue, but a day later most anchors are hoisted up and vessels depart, their crew never having really experienced Saturna’s charms. Perhaps it’s because the cove seems quite remote, with the […]

Romancing the Stone – Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Romancing the Stone – Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

(Second rights – www.TravelWritersTales.com, www.touristtravel.com, and www.wavejourney.com, March, 2009.) In the old days we knew it as Lord Jim Resort, a collection of chalets and cottages on a pretty part of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, picturesquely named Halfmoon Bay. We would drop in for a decent meal overlooking the sea, or sometimes we would sail […]

Life on the Edge – Oregon’s Coastal Cornucopia

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Life on the Edge – Oregon’s Coastal Cornucopia

First appeared on Virgin Airlines’ Website, 12/03/09. Whale watching, jet boat mail delivering, sand dune scaling, misty meandering on empty, wave thumped beaches, or swallowing ‘razors’ at surfside restaurants – it’s impossible to tire of Oregon’s 286-mile coastal strip. We’ve been trundling along here for over 30 years and still haven’t left our footprints on […]

Locking in the Rain – Splashing, bashing, and sipping our way along France’s Nivernais Canal

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Locking in the Rain - Splashing, bashing, and sipping our way along France’s Nivernais Canal

(First appeared in Westworld Alberta, spring 2009.) This is no place to suffer from caffeine overdose. This wheel’s sensitive and there can’t be more than 2 inches between our spiffy 36’ cruiser and the concrete sides of the lock. We’re entering the Sardy staircase, a series of 16 locks within a tumble of each other. […]

A Fractional Piece of Paradise – Mayne Island Resort

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

A Fractional Piece of Paradise – Mayne Island Resort

A Fractional Piece of Paradise – Mayne Island Resort (First appeared in Aqua Magazine, 05/10.) Six years ago Murray and Kim Rosengren arrived on Mayne Island from the Fraser Valley. Like many visitors before them, they fell in love with the seductive charm of the Bennett Bay area: the sweep of sandy beach, a rarity […]

Hoodoo Hunting in Alberta

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Headline, Hot off the press

Hoodoo Hunting in Alberta

(First appeared on the www.touristtravel.com website, 7/06 and www.takeoffeh.com on 8/06.) We were no larger than specks of pepper in the dinosaur’s mouth. Drumheller really does have the largest dinosaur on the planet. At 26.2 metres (86 ft. tall) the Tyrannosaurus rex peers down at the town from almost every vantage point. Fortunately it knows […]

Searching for Sunshine on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast

June 6th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

The propane fireplace is really battling to heat this tent. I wonder if Kevin Toth, whose brainchild this was, took into account the heating bills when he came up with the idea of stringing 13 tents along a 2400 ft. wooden walkway hanging over the Malaspina Strait? These tents have become very popular with newlyweds; […]

Getting the Details Right

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Focus on Women text by Cherie Thiessen, photography by Tony Bounsall                        Jennifer Barr’s Arts and Craft Home Sometimes a house is more than a home. For Jennifer and Colin Barr, the one and a half storey Craftsman bungalow is their hobby, their passion, their showpiece, and their child. And, like a well loved […]