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Roy Eaton – Little Current Cruisers Network

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

At 9 a.m., most of us hiked up to the Anchor Inn building where Roy Eaton gives his live VHF broadcast of “The Net” on channel 71 for boaters cruising Canada’s beautiful North Channel. Roy Eaton founded the LCCN in 2004. The Cruisers’ Net, in operation during the boating season…

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Day Two – Activities and Good Food

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Day two started off with a catered breakfast prepared by Kelly, owner of the Anchor Inn. We could have gotten by without eating the rest of the day, the meal was so plentiful and well prepared. Breakfast was followed by a visit to the Cruisers’ Net at the Anchor Inn…

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Rendezvous In Full Swing

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It is often stated that the North Channel is some of the best inland cruising you’ll find anywhere and we could not agree more – it is, after all, our backyard boating playground. Lisa and I talked about the possibility of having a Ranger Tugs/Cutwater Rendezvous in the North Channel…

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Day One of the Rendezvous Began with Introductions, a Pot Luck, and Lots of Smiling Faces

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

All morning tugs arrived at the town docks in Little Current until all fifteen boats (35 people) were secure at the dock. Introductions continued all day as we met people from all over the United States (8 boats) and Canada (7 boats) – 14 Ranger Tugs and one Cutwater. The boat…

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Rendezvous Early Birds

on August 6th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Little Current one day early for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous, Jim is the organizer of the event, the first ever for Ranger Tugs in the North Channel. First things first. We headed to the town dock for a pump out before going to our…

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And Then There Were Two…

on August 2nd, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

Coffee tasted extra good high up on the granite rocks this morning. Jim and I discussed how long we should stay in this spot at South Benjamin Island before we headed to the Ranger Tugs Rendezvous in Little Current – we both agreed, it might be one of those long three-day…

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On the Rocks – South Benjamin Island

on August 1st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We left Eagle Island early so we would have the best chance to secure a place on the rocks at South Benjamin Island. We anticipated a lot of boating activity in the North Channel this weekend due to the Canadian Civic Holiday falls on Monday. We wanted to get in early in…

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First Anchorage – Eagle Island

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We spent most of the late afternoon and early evening organizing and storing stuff on the boat. Since Jim organized the rendezvous, we have boxes and boxes of ditty bag items, printed agendas and books to stow on board. We finally found a home for everything and were able to relax on…

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Oh Canada!

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Spanish, Ontario this afternoon to launch Kismet and begin our trek to Little Current for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous. After a slow start to our summer cruising activities, due to a family commitment, Jim and I are so excited to finally splash Kismet at Spanish. After…

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Have a Ranger Tug?

on June 18th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel, Ranger Tug, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

Join Us in the North Channel for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous! The More the Merrier!   We’ve been given a one week extension, until June 27th, to guarantee dock space for the rendezvous, so if you’re thinking of attending make sure you get your registration form and payment…

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Last Stop in the San Juans – Spencers Spit

on September 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Spencer Spit, situated on the eastern side of Lopez Island in the San Juan Island chain, is a Washington State Marine Park, which means the area has mooring buoys, beach campsites, and hiking. We’ve never anchored or moored here, so we choose this spot as our days end destination, after…

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Toodle-oo Canada

on August 26th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Vancouver Island in our wake as we bid Canada goodbye, with our bow now pointed toward Haro Straight, we began to feel the pull of our country drawing us back to familiar shores after the close of a long-planned boating adventure. It was late in the day when…

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Bear Sighting in Chemainus, Vancouver Island, Canada

on August 25th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Always on the lookout for something new to experience, we decided to visit Chemainus on our return trip south, through the Gulf Islands, on our way back to the U.S. The name, Chemainus, originates from the native shaman and prophet “Tsa-meeun-is,” which stands for Broken Chest. Legend goes that the man survived…

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At Anchor in Departure Bay for One Night

on August 24th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands by | Comments

We left Jedediah Island refreshed and confident in heading out again, we continued our crossing of the Strait of Georgia the day after being literally blown off the water. As you can see Lisa’s taking photos again and while this day looked much better it was still a little stormy…

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Into the Light… Jedediah Island

on August 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments

The closer we got to Jedediah Island the calmer the waters and our nerves became. As we sliced through the channel, with the powerful push of following seas behind us, we traveled between Jedediah and Bull Islands (both islands are protected by two larger islands, Texada and Lasqueti), making our…

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The Storm

on August 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

Leaving the calm of Pender Harbour behind us, we headed out toward the Malaspina Straight, pointed southwest towards the Gulf Islands. We were aware of the storm that was to arrive later in the day and, based on the weather reports, we thought if we left early enough in the…

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Pender Harbour… Calm Before the Storm

on August 22nd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

We timed our departure from Chatterbox Falls to catch the first slack tide at Malibu Rapids; once back into Jervis Inlet we enjoyed a leisurely cruise, retracing the 40-mile route as we headed for our end of day destination, Pender Harbour. A lot of the Canadian boaters we met during our…

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Leaving Chatterbox Falls, Princess Louisa and Jervis Inlets Behind

on August 21st, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

And then it was time to leave, we could have stayed at Chatterbox Falls at least a week and not gotten bored of our surroundings, the other boaters we’d yet to meet or the indescribable energy of, what Jim calls the, “Inner Sanctum.” Taking advantage of a picture perfect day…

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Last Night at Chatterbox Falls

on August 20th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

With Some Absolute, a Little Tonic and Santana to Light the Way By our third night on the dock we were really starting to feel at home as we helped some boaters leave the dock and others tie up. This exchange of boats happens daily at Chatterbox Falls. Seaplanes were…

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Dinghy Ride to Malibu Club for Ice Cream

on August 20th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

One of the things we had come to enjoy while cruising in the Pacific Northwest this year was our time exploring away from the boat by dinghy. We would try to get as much information about where to beach our dinghy so that could do a nice hike and maybe…

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Dinghy Ride Away from Shore for Better Vantage Point of the Falls

on August 19th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

While out exploring by dinghy at high tide, we idled in as close to the falls as we dared, waterfall mist soaking us as we floated over the seabed we had earlier in the day been walking on. We were also able to get a better vantage point of the…

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Exploring the Area Around the Falls

on August 19th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

Hike Up to Get Close and Personal with Chatterbox Falls… Lisa and I hiked up to edge of Chatterbox Falls, close enough to be sprayed by the relentless down pouring water. Peeking through the lush vegetation at viewing spot, we were mesmerized yet again, not only by the beauty but…

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Chatterbox Falls… Hear it Roar!

on August 19th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

After our slow cruise through the magnificent granite-walled gorge, we could finally make out Chatterbox Falls roaring at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet. The fall is part of the Loquilts River, which empties into the inlet.  It had been raining for several days before our arrival to Princess Louisa…

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Transiting Malibu Rapids to Gain Access to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls

on August 18th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

In order to gain access to the inner sanctum of Princess Louisa Inlet and subsequently Chatterbox Falls, you first have to negotiate the entrance to the inlet, Malibu Rapids. (This is also where the Malibu Club sits promptly on top of the big boulders at the entrance to the inlet.)…

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Jervis Inlet to Malibu Rapids

on August 18th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

Jervis Inlet is a 45-mile long fjord that leads to Malibu Rapids – once you’ve transited the rapids Princess Louisa Inlet awaits to lure you to a destination point, all the way to the end of the Inlet, which many boaters consider to be the Holy Grail of cruising, Chatterbox…

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Positioning Ourselves at Hardy Island for the Run Up to Chatterbox Falls

on August 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

We were somewhat protected by Texada Island as we cruised 21 miles southeast from Powell River to Hardy Island, located at the base of Jervis Inlet, for our eventual cruise up to Princess Louisa Inlet, Malibu Rapids and finally Chatterbox Falls. Entering Blind Bay we found calm waters ideal for…

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Wet and Bumpy Ride to Powell River

on August 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

  We had strong, guess you could almost say instinctual, reservations about leaving Lund the next day, it was rainy and quite windy, so we waited a bit to see how the rain and wind conditions would develop. Our intent was to cruise to Hardy Island to anchor out for…

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Leaving Desolation Sound for the Village of Lund, British Columbia

on August 15th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

Entering the Sunshine Coast… After two glorious weeks of picture perfect boating weather and sensory overload during our exploration of Canada’s Desolation Sound, the time had come to start working our way south/southeast. We had a calm but overcast day to exit Desolation sound from our anchorage in Roscoe Bay….

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A Few Video Clips from Ranger Tugs 2013 Desolation Sound Cruise

on August 15th, 2013 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

Seeking Crystal Clear Water of Black Lake

on August 14th, 2013 in CANADA, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

One of the activities we came to enjoy while cruising Desolation Sound was hiking to the many inland, fresh water, lakes. Black Lake was one such lake located not far from our anchorage in Roscoe Cove. After a short dinghy ride it was easily accessed by a fairly short woodsy…

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Wrapping Up Our Desolation Sound Cruise in Beautiful Roscoe Bay

on August 13th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We saved the last two days of our Desolation Sound cruise for Roscoe Bay. Once inside the narrow entrance to the inner cove (which guide books state is best navigated on a rising tide), we took our time to slowly cruise the anchorage (photo-below), we wanted to find the perfect…

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Fighting Rapids at Squirrel Cove – Desolation Sound, British Columbia

on August 12th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We left Pendrell Sound this morning to motor over to Squirrel Cove. Several boaters recommended this spot as a very well protected anchorage and since our weather turned a little sour we decided the cove might just be the ticket for a good night’s sleep. The photo below not only…

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Swimmingly Warm in Pendrell Sound – Desolation Sound, British Columbia

on August 11th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We left our anchorage at Octopus Islands late morning, during slack tide, to head to Pendrell Sound. Just as most days during this trip, we had sunny skies and calm waters for our day’s cruise. “How was the swimming?” We often get asked this question in regards to how a…

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Negotiating Rapids At Hole In The Wall – Octopus Islands Marine Park, Desolation Sound

on August 9th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

After a restful time at Toba Wildernest we departed late morning for Octopus Islands Marine Park on Quadra Island in Desolation Sound. Our departure was timed according to the tide schedule to achieve safe passage to and from the Octopus Islands area. Boaters have to properly negotiate one to three…

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Something Special About Toba Wildernest

on August 8th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We found Toba Inlet to be some of the most beautiful areas in Desolation Sound. When we were there the water was that greenish color, almost like we’d see in the Bahamas, it seemed to have phosphorescent glow about it. As we approached Toba Wildernest Resort, we enjoyed a parade of…

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Cruising Homfray Channel to Walsh Cove, British Columbia

on August 7th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

One of the beauties of cruising in Desolation Sound is that when you leave one place you have plenty of spots to consider for your next days docking or anchorage. We left Laura Cove after the three-day holiday weekend and headed northeast up Homfray Channel. We passed Homfray Lodge, a…

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Lots Of Rocks In Laura Cove

on August 6th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

During our three days in Laura Cove, we swam next to the boat every day in the clear, warm water, we hiked a little, took dinghy rides around Prideaux Haven to explore and visit with other boaters we knew who were also staying in one of the coves for the Canadian holiday…

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Settled Into Laura Cove For Canada’s Civic Holiday – Another Hike To Unwin Lake

on August 5th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Once our anchor was set and lines tied to the big rock, Lisa prepared lunch to take out on a dinghy exploration of the surrounding area. We ventured out of the cove into Homfrey Channel turned the outboard off and floated around while having lunch with a spectacular mountain view…

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Cruising To Prideaux Haven

on August 4th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Checking Out Melanie and Laura Coves Prideaux Haven, the area made up of Melanie and Laura Coves, is where we cruised to next. As you can see from the photos it was a spectacular day for cruising in Desolation Sound. This area is a very popular anchorage in Desolation Sound…

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“What Day Is It?”

on August 4th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound by | Comments

After our swim at Unwin Lake we followed the river and small rapids back to the dinghy. Just outside the woods in the open sunlight by the park entrance, where our dinghy was tied up, we came across a slew of blackberry bushes loaded with precious ripe berries. Risking bee stings…

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Tenedos Bay Anchorage

on August 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, Desolation Sound by | Comments

From Refuge Cove it was a short 7 to 8-mile hop over to Tenedos Bay. Once in the midst of Desolation Sound every port, cove or bay is no more than a days cruise from your starting point. This close proximity between points of interest allowed us to take our…

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Hiking to Unwin Lake For A Refreshing Swim

on August 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound by | Comments

Soon after we got the boat stern tied to shore we grabbed our bathing suits and towels and hopped into the dinghy for a short ride over  to Unwin Lake for a refreshing swim in the 75˚ water. There are no real beaches up at Unwin Lake, its all natural…

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Fueling and Provisioning at Refuge Cove

on August 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We haven’t been out cruising in Desolation Sound that long, this being our fifth day, but we missed getting fuel while we were at Gorge (it was busy when we left and we didn’t want to wait). So when we left Teakerne Arm we thought we’d head over to Refuge…

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Teakerne Arm – Wilderness With A Waterfall And Fresh Water Lake

on August 2nd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Leaving Grace Harbour, we  had a short cruise to Lewis Channel before we made a turn up into Teakerne Arm and another anchorage in the wilderness. In the open waters I kept seeing a distinctive peak off in the distance, it seemed to appear from behind and above the waterside…

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Our First Night Out In Desolation Sound – Anchored in Grace Harbour

on July 31st, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound by | Comments

Striking out on our own to explore Desolation Sound… finally. We left Gorge Harbour mid-morning to find yet another perfect boating day awaiting us. History states that Captain George Vancouver first sailed the waters of the Sound in 1792, thinking the landscape remote and forbidding, he named it Desolation Sound….

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Gorge Harbour, British Columbia

on July 30th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We could not have had a better weather day to cruise from Comox to Gorge, BC, the last stop for the Ranger Tugs group cruise, after a little down time and one last party at the marina, we’ll all go our separate ways to explore Desolation Sound. As we all…

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Local Knowledge

on July 30th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

When setting out to explore new cruising grounds it’s important to have a plan, ours is created first by doing as much research as we can from charts and guide books followed up by input from other cruisers we know, ones with a great deal of experience in the area…

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Fresh Shrimp Tonight in Comox, BC

on July 29th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

Leaving Nanaimo, we decided not to cruise with the pod on our way to Comox. It was an easy run with calm seas and sunny skies. Once settled in at the dock, there were more Ranger Tug owners to meet and hot showers to take. Happy hour consisted of another…

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Rafting Up in Naniamo, BC

on July 28th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

After two days of socializing with other Ranger Tug owners at Ganges, the time came to organize the three-day cruise to our mutual destination of Gorge, BC. After that point we will all be on our own to explore as we will, Desolation Sound and surrounding areas. But first we…

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Forty-Five Ranger Tugs Gather at Ganges, BC

on July 27th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands by | Comments

Ganges Harbor, on Saltspring Island, is a short 10-mile run from Montague Harbor and the gathering point for the boaters participating in the Ranger Tugs 2013 Desolation Sound Cruise. We left early for Ganges, with yet another blue skied day with just a light breeze and fairly calm waters. We…

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