Thursday, September 20, 2018

Last Summer Cruise to Vancouver Island

Last week there was a window of sunny skies and calm winds. It's calm winds we like the best. We used it to for a last summer cruise in our Bayliner 2452. It was a spur of the moment trip so we decided to visit marinas near restaurants for easy dinners.

We left in the afternoon to arrive at Campbell River in the early evening. There were a few cloudy skies along the way, but we dodged the showers just by chance.

Dodging a few showers heading for blue skies.

We stay at Discovery Harbour Marina quite often. It takes less than two hours to get there and we can get there with protection from several island along the way. There's a large shopping centre next to the marina where we ate at the Riptide Pub. They had Dinosaur Bones (beef ribs) on the menu and they were excellent.

A mix of working and pleasure boats at Discovery Harbour Marina.

We timed our departure for slack tide in Discovery Passage and to fish for salmon at the southern tip of Quadra Island. No luck.

We rarely travel this part of the Strait of Georgia. The open area can get big waves, but this trip was calm. As we approached Comox, we saw boats fishing. It's salmon season so we decided to give it another try. Wayne caught an undersized fish, so we let it go.

On the way to Comox, BC.

We headed for the Comox Valley Marina. The visitor's dock was filled with large expensive yachts. Our 24' Bayliner looked like a toy between them. We love our boat. It's perfect for us. We found a great spot for dinner, Martine's Bistro a short walk up the road. We both had the Seafood Linguine filled with clams, mussels, prawns, salmon and halibut. The chef brought out our plates, a nice touch.

Playing with the big boys at the Comox Valley Marina.

The next morning we headed across the Strait of Georgia to Powell River. We stopped at Coho Point on Texada Island for one last try to catch a salmon. Again no keepers. We don't care. Fishing is fun.

Our three day and two night cruise was a great way to end the summer season. That afternoon we put our boat in Powell Lake for the winter.

Do you have a boat? What do you do during winter months? -- Margy

24 comments:

  1. Awesome clicks of boats . Keep commenting on my blog because I love your comments.

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    1. They were pretty awesome, but we like our little one better. So much easier to handle and find places to visit. - Margy

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  2. It looked like a wonderful trip.

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    1. It was a nice way to end the summer cruising season. - Margy

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  3. Great pictures.

    Jocelyn @ https://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks. It's amazing what you can do with an iPhone these days. - Margy

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  4. Great shots with beautiful views. I like that.

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    1. Our coast is very popular with boaters from the States and Canada alike. - Margy

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  5. Looks like a wonderful boat trip under beautiful skies. I love the ocean, always have, but unfortunately have a real problem with motion sickness.

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    1. Wayne does as well in large vessels, but small boats like ours don't give him the same feeling. - Margy

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  6. lovely series of photos!

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    1. Thanks. It's fun to save photos to remember good trips. - Margy

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  7. This was a nice, fun cruise, Margy. Thank you for sharing with us. For reflections, you found some nice ones. Those bid boys have expensive, and big, toys. We've been to Victoria on Vancouver Island and had a really nice fish 'n chips dinner near the houseboats.
    Oh yes, some of our Kroger stores have a Fred Meyers jewelry store inside.
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    1. We call ours a float cabin. We think of houseboats are the kind that have a motor and can move around. - Margy

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  8. Beautiful reflections.

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    1. It was so calm getting reflections was easy. - Margy

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  9. Seafood linguine, my fave!
    I really enjoyed this trip!

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    1. The prawns were so fresh and well prepared they were crisp and juicy. - Margy

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    1. Thank you. It was nice to see all that sunshine and have warm temperatures this late. - Margy

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  11. Went to Vancouver years ago but never made it to the island

    Mollyx

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    1. You can get there quick my air, but the ferry ride is well worth the extra time if you have it. - Margy

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  12. Lovely photos. The one at the marina is spectacular!

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  13. Hello again!

    What a fun cruise! Reminds me of our cruising days in Boston. We had a 28 foot Bayliner, and had some fabulous times visiting all the New England towns by boat. No traffic on the water! It was easy to get to places, but I did not like the constant pounding of the boat on the ocean.

    Cruising on a trawler is so much more enjoyable. Then again, who has time when you're working, right?

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We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy