Author Archive | Jim Burgoyne

Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway and Mount Rainier towering off to the east make the city feel close to nature. (Photo by Anthony Koopman)

Cruising to Tacoma made easy

One of nicest ways to visit the charming city of Tacoma has always been to arrive by sea, crossing Commencement Bay and entering the urban glow, the bridges humming, the glass and steel flashing in the sun as you motor down the Thea Foss Waterway. Along the way in there are several marinas and docks […]

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View north from Butchart Cove to Brentwood Bay and beyond up Saanich Inlet.  Off the floats are free mooring buoys maintained for visitors to Butchart Gardens. (Photo by Thomas Kuo)

The restoration of Tod Inlet

Tod Inlet on the Saanich Peninsula south of Brentwood Bay is known for its incomparable protection, as well as the classy shoreside entertainments found at nearby Butchart Gardens, ranking it high on most cruisers’ list of preferred anchorages. Tranquility is its middle name, the sort of place where there is little need to worry, least […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to the Gulf Islands. Not to be used for navigation.

Cult of Pirates Cove

One of the nicest anchorages for families is well-sheltered Pirates Cove on DeCourcy Island at the north end of Trincomali Channel. The cove boasts shore rings for stern tying, two dinghy docks, campsites, picnic areas and trails that amble about the lovely 31-hectare (77-acre) marine provincial park. Moorage is free. It would be tight, but […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to the San Juan Islands. Not to be used for navigation

Those Roscoe Bay jitters

The first time we approached Roscoe Bay, cut into the southeastern corner of West Redonda Island, we sat off the entrance studying our various electronic and paper sources, calculating if the rising tide had “risen” enough to let us pass though. After opting to “give it five more minutes” about five times to accommodate our […]

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