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Leisurely sail along the Norfolk Broads

August 7th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Headline, On the Water

Leisurely sail along the Norfolk Broads

Cherie Thiessen / Delta Optimist July 29, 2016 My partner and skipper, David Dossor, loves munching kippers or a ploughman’s lunch while sipping the ales on tap in Britain’s historic pubs. Our friends, Gerry McKeating and Pat Crossley, are avid and expert birders who have come on this trip specifically for the best bird watching […]

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 […]

Destination – Portland Island – A Park for all Seasons

February 11th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Headline, On the Water

Destination – Portland Island - A Park for all Seasons

For quiet hikes or island walks without seeing a soul, for pocket beaches perfect for swimming, for delving into island history, for checking out flora and fauna, for beautiful scenery and gorgeous beaches, or for just lazily relaxing at anchor, there are all kinds of reasons to visit Portland Island. Long a popular day or […]

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 […]

Cruising to Quebec’s Madeleine Islands on board the Vacancier

July 8th, 2009  |  by  |  published in On the Water

Cruising to Quebec's Madeleine Islands on board the Vacancier