Category Archives: British Columbia
Not much wind, not much to do. Had a full cockpit so didn’t raise the jib, likely should have. Love the views. Our SV is a 25 foot O’day from 1979. Loving it. Sorry it is on an iPhone so a pretty narrow shot.
Took a walk up to the Pilot Bay Lighthouse. Easy trail, slightly uphill and well worn. The lighthouse is wood and was used to note the entrance to the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. It has not been used for many years and is the subject of a historical preservation society. The light was visible for 30 miles in each direction on the lake.
This is the view of the lake from the top of the lighthouse. Spectacular views everywhere in this part of the world.
June 2014, we are off on the next installment in our quest to become sailors.. But…first we have to get where we are going, meaning ROAD TRIP. What a beautiful way to get where you need to be, a drive from Calgary to Vancouver. Outstanding scenery, enthralling drive. I won’t bore you with a whack of mountain shots and head right to the point of entry to our sailing, Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver. After a lengthy drive, involving an overnight in Revelstoke, BC. We spent the night at the Day’s Inn. The hotel was okay, pretty much normal for this brand. We headed out for a quick bite and tried a place we had never been to on our past trips, Zalas Pizza and Steak House. Food was pub fare and good, we would definitely try it again n the future. Spent a quiet night, then up and at em for the next part of our journey
We arrived at the terminal, only to find that the ferry was full and we would have a two-hour wait until the next one departed. Tough place to spend a few hours with views like this.
We have to take the ferry as we are heading to the Sunshine Coast. It is on the mainland, just like Vancouver, just inaccessible by road. The sailing school is located over there, Gibsons, BC. Still, we have a few hours to kill. Off to lunch. The terminal area is a trendy place, with multiple shops, a marina and many restaurants. We chose Bay Moorings, a good choice. The food was good, reasonably priced and served by efficient and friendly staff. A great lunch, much enjoyed.
Then we hit the ferry. They definitely cram them in on these boats.
Next up, the expected shot from the ship out to the ocean.
And then we were there. a quick drive into Gibsons, parked the vehicle and there, right in front of us, a piece of Canadian TV history, Molly’s Reach.
Next post, we introduce you to Gibsons, BC, where to go, where to stay, what to see. At least, where we ate, where we stayed and what we saw, then some sailing.
And we are off. Road trip from Calgary to Gibsons, BC, via Vancouver through the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Then we sail. Four days of lessons on a 36 footer in Howe Sound, then a more road trip up the Sunshine Coast. From there a ferry to Vancouver Island, then back to Vancouver and home. Building more memories, the most important thing in life. Hope to post a few quick posts along the way.
Pretty scary stuff. Bear shows up during a commercial shoot at Manning Park in BC.