- Published on Friday, 10 May 2013 20:07
Let’s be honest. In terms of Canadian small cities Belleville is just another one. However, as a boating destination and as a historically important sailing force, it punches well above its weight. Cruising in Lake Ontario from Toronto has but one truly significant voyage and that’s to the Thousand Islands. Getting there can be a lot of the fun unless you’re in a rush simply blasting through and going outside Prince Edward County. If you choose to take the scenic route, the journey through the Murray Canal to Belleville and then on to Kingston is as picturesque and historical a cruise as you’ll find anywhere.
Picton: Cruising into perfection
- Published on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:04
Prince Edward County is a confidence that boaters share with a few tourists and the locals, but it has yet to become a major tourist draw. It’s very close to the mainland; only the Murray Canal, the Bay of Quinte and its associated waters separate it from the rest of Ontario, but it’s the largest island in Lake Ontario and comes with all the wonders that islands develop. “The County” has only been an island since 1889 when the five miles of the Murray Canal was completed; prior to that it was a peninsula, but we’ll cut some slack on that.
Sidney Spit, BC
- Published on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:24
A pearl among Gulf Islands parks, this sandy haven is ideal for hiking, beachcombing, birding, fishing…or just hanging. Sidney Spit is a park of superlatives. With the best sandy shores, the best sunsets, the best crabbing and some of the best hiking in the Gulf Islands, it’s no wonder it’s a hit with just about all who visit – for a few hours, a day or a week. The park occupies 178 hectares at the north end of Sidney Island, among the most geologically diverse of the Gulf Islands. The island is composed almost entirely of quaternary drift deposits – unconsolidated sands and gravels deposited by glaciers about 10,000 years ago.
Balmy Brentwood Bay & Peaceful Tod Inlet
- Published on Thursday, 04 April 2013 15:09
Off Saanich Inlet, enjoy laid-back luxury at Brentwood Bay Lodge and peaceful anchorage at nearby Tod Inlet Marine Park. South of Satellite Channel and the southern tip of Salt Spring Island, the protected waters and spectacular vistas of BC’s southernmost inlet cuts 12 miles into Vancouver Island. Saanich Inlet’s fjord-like waters reach as far south as Goldstream Provincial Park at the picturesque estuary of the Goldstream River.
Week in the Broughtons
- Published on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 18:29
Returning to these waters after many years was both a homecoming…and a tempting taste of cruising adventures to come. We first visited the Broughtons when friends asked us to deliver their sailboat back to Vancouver after a cruise to Haida Gwaii. From Port McNeill we headed home via Alert Bay, the Indian Islands, Knight Inlet, Lagoon Cove and Johnstone Strait. We never forgot the breathtaking vistas of mountains and channels, the easy hospitality of the marinas, the turquoise water of Knight Inlet, the haunting presence of ancient First Nations inhabitants and more recent pioneers, an exciting sail down Johnstone Strait in a booming westerly – and we couldn’t wait to return in our own boat.