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

Destinations: Eastsound feels bigger than it is

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Approaching the stillness of Fishing Bay and the cover of Madrona Point at the northern end of East Sound, a quiet tumble of stately homes along the shore suggests idyllic serenity. Surely there is nothing so vulgar as commerce in the nearby village of Eastsound. The […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to Desolation Sound. Not to be used for navigation.

Tucked away in Octopus Islands

Octopus Islands and surrounding bays along the northeastern shore of Quadra Island off Okisollo Channel provide some of the safest and most serene anchorages in the Discovery Islands. Most cruisers who come here are drawn first to Octopus Islands, a marine provincial park where cruisers tuck into small coves, stern tied side by side like […]

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Destinations: Tribune Bay is timeless

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… The counter-culture vibe of the ‘60s and ‘70s still pervades on laidback Hornby Island, and it always seems most evident near the beautiful, wide south-facing beach on Tribune Bay. The hippies are older today, and a lot wealthier, having traded their jasmine-scented incense, granny […]

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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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