Sunday, June 17, 2007

Refuge Cove, BC

This week we took an overnight cruise up the Strait of Georgia to Desolation Sound. Our first stop was Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island for fuel and to visit the general store.

Refuge Cove has a long history of providing products and services to loggers and residents of remote Coastal BC. Today, the most frequent customers are boaters arriving in everything from small runabouts to huge yachts. Moorage is available, but a spot may be hard to find in the busy summer months. The fuel dock has both gas and diesel. Propane, water and ice are also available. There is a small general store with everything from fresh vegetables to hardware. Other services include a coffee shop, post office, laundromat, garbage service and Internet. Looking for a free book to read? There's a shelf for paperback trading next to the store.

The "summer" season runs from June through September. If you can cruise in June or September, the docks aren't crowded and the pace is much slower. Prime time is July and August. Expect lines for fuel and some parking problems to get to the store.

The Refuge Cove Store has an excellent book section. They carry a large selection of nautical and regional titles. We are proud to announce that they now carry Up the Lake and Up the Strait by Wayne J. Lutz. If you are looking for a place to refuel and restock while in Desolation Sound, go to Refuge Cove. Pick up one or both of the Coastal BC Stories to learn more about the area. Can't get to Refuge Cove? You can purchase the books online at www.PowellRiverBooks.com and have them sent right to your home.

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