Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trains Afloat

In my post called Atchison, Topeka and Chuckanut Bay, I shared one of our favourite anchorages near Bellingham. Last Friday, we returned just before dark to catch a few trains before heading back to the marina to spend the night on the boat.

In just a few hours we caught two, a Santa Fe freight train and the Amtrak taking passengers south from Vancouver BC to Seattle.

Do you cruise in the Pacific Northwest? Do you have any favourite anchorages? We are always looking for new places to visit. -- Margy


  1. I'm happy camping at home! Trains are the way to travel, though.

  2. I really love the video of the Amtrak train, Margy. Trains are my not-so-secret passion.
    But those freight trains — I loved hearing them when I lived in the White Rock, BC, area. They soothed me to sleep at night, and awakened my travel urge by day.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Jenn - I guess living at our cabin is like camping at home, but with a few more amenities.

    Kay - I haven't ridden on a train in years, but fondly remember a trip to grandmas when I was a child.


  4. My brother has been a train buff all my life so we are always watching trains. I can listen to a live feed of a switching yard in Vancouver on the internet - what an amazing world we live in!

  5. Nice train shots, Margy, but about anchorages? I've got a few:

    - Lyall Harbor, Saturna Island: the BC Ferries land there, and it's a nice place to take the dinghy and go ashore.

    - Sidney Spit (Marine Park), just off Sidney, BC: it's only good in certain weather, so be careful, but it still has nice views of the busy waterways in the area, and a good place to go after clearing Canada customs at Sidney.

    - Prideaux Haven, just up the coast from Powell River, and part of Desolation Sound marine park: one of the most beautiful spots on the BC Coast, although it's very crowded in the summer. Peaceful the rest of the year, and very nice in the spring!

    - Squirrel Cove, on the east coast of Cortes Island: anchor near the reversing falls, and have a look. Nice spot.

    - Walsh Cove, at the north end of Waddington Channel, roughly 30 (don't have a map or chart at hand) nautical miles north of Powell River, between East Redonda Island and West Redonda Island: this is a quiet spot except for the busy part of the summer. It's a long way from most places, so if you want quiet in June, this is the place to go. Waddington Channel is narrow and the surrounding hills on the Islands make it a beautiful spot.

    Happy cruising,


  6. Wil - Thanks for all the cruising suggestions. We have been to Squirrel Cove on Cortes and Prideaux Haven, but the others are places we haven't tried yet. - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy