Aug 8, 2019

VictoriaParticipate in this year’s National Conference from October 17-19, 2019. Volunteers and boaters from across North America will congregate in Victoria, British Columbia to exchange ideas, have their say in the business of CPS-ECP, attend workshops, network with old friends and meet new ones. It will be a working conference with plenty of time for fun and relaxation.

Victoria is situated at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It is surrounded by the Salish Sea, which comprises the entire network of coastal waterways, inlets and harbours of southwestern British Columbia and northwestern Washington from Campbell River in the north to Olympia in the south. Long viewed by many in the region as one body of water, notably by the Coast Salish people, it is one of the most biologically rich inland seas in the world. In 2010, these waters – including the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound – were by international agreement given the name “Salish Sea”. For boaters, it is one of the best cruising destinations in North America.

Our conference theme is “Cruise Ship Travel”
Victoria is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in Canada. This season alone, the city is expecting 267 cruise ship visits at the Ogden Point terminal. Join us on Friday night for a “sunset dinner cruise”. So, pack light, come in cruise casual attire, tacky tourist attire or formal cruise ship officer attire.

To make your room reservations:
Fairmont Empress Hotel
712 Government St., Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Reservations: 1-866-540-4429
Discount Code: CPS_1019
Online: https://book.passkey.com/go/cpsecpagm2019

We are pleased to announce that, for CPS-ECP members travelling to Victoria for the 2019 conference and AGM, a special room rate of $199 a night has been secured.

This rate can be booked up to September 6, 2019, for any length of stay between October 11 and 23, subject to availability. Whether you come before the Conference or stay on afterwards, Victoria is a beautiful city to explore.

Our Tours:
Tuesday night (October 15): Join us for a tour of Victoria’s Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communication and Traffic Services (MCTS) centre. Across the country, these centres coordinate responses to distress calls, broadcast maritime safety information (weather and navigational warnings), screen vessels entering Canadian waters, deliver information and advice to regulate marine traffic movement, and take appropriate action to ensure the safe and efficient movement of vessels in Canadian waters. Cost of the tour is $25 and includes dinner prior to the event.

Wednesday night (October 16): Join us for a haunted 90 minute “Ghost Walk”, featuring murder, hangings, romance and hauntings. After a day of meetings, this is just what you need to clear your head. Cost of this tour is $20.

Thursday afternoon (October 17): Whale and wildlife watching! A 3-hour tour – Orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, and much more. We will be heading out in a comfortable, covered boat, with a certified marine naturalist on board. Cost of this wildlife experience is $125.

Friday morning/ early afternoon (October 18):
The world-famous Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens are a must-see oasis, one hundred years in the making. Tour includes transportation to and from the Gardens and three hours on site to explore. Cost of this adventure is $75.

Click here to register and book tours.

Shrink Wrap2020 is a year of change – self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, and working remotely have become the norm. For many, this has been a bitter pill to swallow. Another bitter pill for boaters is the delay of the season. Provincial laws differ – so terms like ‘essential’ aren’t translating widely across the marine world.

In BC, marinas remain open and fuel is available, sometimes with conditions. In Ontario, marinas, boat launches, yacht clubs and the professionals that service the marine industry aren’t considered essential, unless the service and location allows a person to access their permanent residence only accessible by boat.

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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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