North to Alaska 2022

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising through Canada up to SE Alaska!

05 March 2018 | Panama City, Panama
03 March 2018 | Panama City, Panama
02 March 2018 | Panama City, Panama
01 March 2018 | Islas Perlas, Panama
24 February 2018 | Panama
23 February 2018 | Costa Rica/Panama Border
21 February 2018 | Golfito, Costa Rica
20 February 2018 | On the way to Golfito, Costa Rica
17 February 2018 | Quepos, Costa Rica
15 February 2018 | Quepos, Costa Rica
11 February 2018 | Quepos, Costa Rica
07 February 2018 | Central Costa Rica
06 February 2018 | Central Costa Rica
01 February 2018 | Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
31 January 2018 | Northern Costa Rica
28 January 2018 | Bahia Papagayos, Costa Rica
25 January 2018 | Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
20 January 2018 | Off Guatemala
08 January 2018 | Chiapas, Mexico

A Visit to Alert Bay

17 May 2022 | Port McNeil, BC
George Stonecliffe
Alert Bay is home base for the 'Namgis First Nation people. After a ferry ride from Port McNeil, we walked on a boardwalk along the short main street. Stopped for a burger and BLT for lunch. Then walked a mile in the opposite direction to the U'mista Cultural Center. One of the highlights
includes a time line showing prize artwork removed/taken to the 1893 Chicago World Exhibition, the Smithsonian, the NY Museum of American Indian Art, and private collections, and then being returned to the U'mista Cultural Center for its opening in 1980. Fabulous masks, button
blankets, talking sticks, potlatch coppers, and historic photographs are shared with visitors. The gift shop had native art work for sale, as well as lots of clothing, napkins, jewelry, postcards and so forth. We walked back to the ferry dock, where we were whisked away on one of their new
ferries back to Port McNeil. Although the weather was scattered showers, Sue noticed the sun predominated over the island of Alert Bay. Maybe that's why this First Nation people chose the island for their home baseA

A Port in a Storm

17 May 2022 | Blunden Harbour, BC
George Stonecliffe
The Canadian Marine Weather Channel forecasts winds building from gale (SE30-40) this evening to storm (SE 40-50) in the late night. Blunden Harbour is a small bay that is almost totally encircled by land. The sea state inside is virtually calm compared to outside in the Queen Charlotte
Strait. We have out 160' of chain in a depth of anywhere from 20' to 30' depending on the tidal phase. So our chain scope is from 8:1 to 5:1 which should keep our anchor well set for the blow. Outside the NW coast of Vancouver Island they predicted hurricane force winds. That's only
30 miles away from us...

Arriving in Campbell River, BC

12 May 2022 | Campbell River, BC
George Stonecliffe | Rain, and E 12 knot winds
As we woke up at Denman Island, we saw that the cold and rain over night left snow on the mountain sides of Vancouver Island. We spent the day heading north to Campbell River. The next several days will continue to be unsettled with intermittent rain. As we continue along our route, we are settling in to our routine. At the dock, we think of provisions, water, fuel, laundry, and meals ashore. But the biggest problem so far seems to be our WiFi connectivity. Our Verizon JetPack is contracted to use the roaming resources in Canada. But it is fitfully slow!

Chrome Island Lighthouse

11 May 2022 | Georgia Straits
George Stonecliffe | Windy with occasional rain
We sailed with our full jib for nearly 50 miles to the north side of Denman Island in SE 22 knots. Waves were 4-5' breaking periodically. As we approached Denman Island, the Chrome Island Lighthouse invites you in to the southern approach to the island. All Canadian official buildings are white with red roofs, and can be seen from miles away! Charming!

Dodd Narrows

10 May 2022 | Nanaimo, BG
George Stonecliffe | Scattered showers, 55F
Our passage took us through Dodd Narrows which has tidal currents approaching 8 knots at the wrong time to pass. Many years earlier we took a chartered boat through the Narrows at the wrong time, and felt someone had pulled the drain plug in the bathtub! When we were passing through the Panama Canal, our son, Ted, reminded us that some of the currents behind the big ships in the locks reminded him of going through the Dodd Narrows!!
After finally anchoring near Newcastle Island in Nanaimo, we went ashore for a walk. Two special bird sightings included Purple Finches and Orange-Crowned Warblers. Our phone app called Merlin helped ID these special bird songs!

Oh Canada!

09 May 2022 | Ganges Harbor, Salt Spring Island, BC
George Stonecliffe | Partly sunny, occasional showers: a cold 55F
Arriving at Port of Sidney, Vancouver Island which is a port of entry for the Canadian Border Security Agency/Customs, we phoned and answered all the necessary questions with someone back east.
1. Were we at the dock? Yes
2. Boat registration number
3. My passport number and expiration date
4. How many passengers, and who were they
5. QR Code from ArriveCAN app
6. What do you have to declare: "coffee creamer, zucchini bread, no fresh produce, just store-bought provisions"
7. Alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis? no/no/no
8. Any firearms? "just a flare gun"
9. More than $10,000 CA? no
10. How long in Canada? end of May
11. Purpose of trip? Pleasure
12. Any goods to sell? no
OK, you're good to go. Here's your travel #
And that was it? Hallelujah!
Photo shows us anchored in Ganges Harbor provisioning and having a tasty dinner at The Oyster Catcher!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Fully vaccinated, we are positioning ourselves to head north through Canada to Alaska's amazing Glacier Bay NP and back. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers to all!
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