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Old 08-29-2018, 11:41 AM   #21
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You may not like the term, but itís traditional meaning does include BC. Itís a geographical term, not a political one. It refers to a region that existed long before the current border serving to separate First Nations people who might take a very different viewpoint on what belongs to what.

That said, if you find the term offensive, Iím happy not to use it.

Just pointing out that itís proper meaning is not US centric, even if that is who appears to use it the most. In fact, if you want to refer to Oregon/Washington, one would really need to say US Pacific Northwest.
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PNW?

Blame Cook and Vancouver. Then Hudson Bay Company. Yada yada
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There was a tradition of a New Years Day gathering at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet... don't know if that still happens.

And yes you can get some snow and ice in January: m/v WILD BLUE Cruising Blog: Cruising Princess Louisa Inlet in Winter
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Blame Cook and Vancouver. Then Hudson Bay Company. Yada yada
Quadra tambien
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... I much prefer the VI stops where power, fuel and shore amenities are available in the winter. Places such such as Sidney, Nanaimo, Comox and Campbell River.
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Let's not forget Ganges, still my favorite "liberty port".

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Murray, As I was growing up I was taught that the PNW went from Oregon to Alaska and everything in between.
Well, next time you take your boat to Alaska, I challenge you to announce in a crowded bar in both Ketchikan and Dutch Harbour that they live in the PNW, and not SE Alaska or the Aleutians
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Let's not forget Ganges, still my favorite "liberty port".

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My wife wants to spend a couple of days in Ganges next week. She wants to catch the Saturday market. Hopefully it won't be too crowded.
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My wife wants to spend a couple of days in Ganges next week. She wants to catch the Saturday market. Hopefully it won't be too crowded.
Dave: If she wants to see the market, this Saturday is likely to be crazy busy. Not only is this a long weekend, with all of the B&B, Hotel, and other nightly accommodation full, but most of those folks will be at the market. We have signed up for our Yacht Club's annual "Labour Day Cruise" this year and it includes a bus shuttling boaters from our Outstation to the market and back all Sat morning.
Without the extra crowds this weekend brings, there is rarely any parking left by about 9:00am on any Saturday, so don't plan on bringing a car. If you come by boat, reserve your spot in one of the Ganges Harbour marinas if it isn't already too late. from there you can at least walk and only have to manage the crowds actually at the market. You may also anchor out and come in by dinghy. The harbour is somewhat crowded with Mooring bouys, but there is still room to anchor.
If she is willing to wait a week, the difference should be astounding. You might even get parking less than 1/2 mile out.
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You may not like the term, but itís traditional meaning does include BC. Itís a geographical term, not a political one. It refers to a region that existed long before the current border serving to separate First Nations people who might take a very different viewpoint on what belongs to what.

That said, if you find the term offensive, Iím happy not to use it.

Just pointing out that itís proper meaning is not US centric, even if that is who appears to use it the most. In fact, if you want to refer to Oregon/Washington, one would really need to say US Pacific Northwest.
Or as it was once known, Columbia. Before all the borders.
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My wife wants to spend a couple of days in Ganges next week. She wants to catch the Saturday market. Hopefully it won't be too crowded.
I live in Ashland, OR, a town which prides itself in its Farmers' Market. Cant come near to Ganges'.
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Again thanks everyone for the replies/opinions, it's a wealth of information. Where to start, there's several books on board one that I was reading was "cruising beyond Desolation Sound" that's what started this thread. Because of work I missed any chance for a late summer trip and the next opportunity will probably be November December. I work in the cold might as well play in it.

So it looks like weather, high winds and maybe an occasional farmers market are my biggest concerns. I take it the radio is my best source for weather information is that correct? Are there "buzz words" that I should be listening for like hammered, blown sideways, a$$ kicked. As in "High wind warning if your out today your going to get hammered, blown sideways and get your a$$ kicked". Weather has never been my strong point!

And ironically enough the other book I was reading is titled "The Pig Wars". I just started it so not sure how it ends! I just know somebody got some free bacon.
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Dave: If she wants to see the market, this Saturday is likely to be crazy busy. Not only is this a long weekend, with all of the B&B, Hotel, and other nightly accommodation full, but most of those folks will be at the market. We have signed up for our Yacht Club's annual "Labour Day Cruise" this year and it includes a bus shuttling boaters from our Outstation to the market and back all Sat morning.
Without the extra crowds this weekend brings, there is rarely any parking left by about 9:00am on any Saturday, so don't plan on bringing a car. If you come by boat, reserve your spot in one of the Ganges Harbour marinas if it isn't already too late. from there you can at least walk and only have to manage the crowds actually at the market. You may also anchor out and come in by dinghy. The harbour is somewhat crowded with Mooring bouys, but there is still room to anchor.
If she is willing to wait a week, the difference should be astounding. You might even get parking less than 1/2 mile out.


Thanks Keith. Yeah, we arenít looking at this Saturday, but next Saturday. We were thinking about trying to get there on Thursday or Friday of next week and staying through Saturday. We really havenít come up with a solid game plan yet.

Yes, we are planning to come up by boat. Karen wants to spend some time in the Gulf Islands. We have two weeks starting this weekend. I was hoping to leave this Saturday, but Iím recovering a bit slowly from a medical procedure last Friday so we probably will leave this Sunday.
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Thanks Keith. Yeah, we arenít looking at this Saturday, but next Saturday.

Yes, we are planning to come up by boat. Karen wants to spend some time in the Gulf Islands. We have two weeks starting this weekend. I was hoping to leave this Saturday,
We're drifting south from Desolation Sound, with Ganges likely for Friday-Sat. 7-8.

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Again thanks everyone for the replies/opinions, it's a wealth of information. Where to start, there's several books on board one that I was reading was "cruising beyond Desolation Sound" that's what started this thread. Because of work I missed any chance for a late summer trip and the next opportunity will probably be November December. I work in the cold might as well play in it.

So it looks like weather, high winds and maybe an occasional farmers market are my biggest concerns. I take it the radio is my best source for weather information is that correct? Are there "buzz words" that I should be listening for like hammered, blown sideways, a$$ kicked. As in "High wind warning if your out today your going to get hammered, blown sideways and get your a$$ kicked".

VHF wx broadcasts are spotty.

Windy.com is your best source of weather if you can get internet. Wifi is pretty scarce, but there is a lot of cell, even in some pretty remote areas. Both ATT and Verizon offer plans which include voice and data in Canada. Then hotspot your phone for weather.

Then it's just a matter of putting on your jammies, stoking the heat, choosing your book and waiting for your day.

Did I mention you'll need chocolate?
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VHF wx broadcasts are spotty.

Windy.com is your best source of weather if you can get internet. Wifi is pretty scarce, but there is a lot of cell, even in some pretty remote areas. Both ATT and Verizon offer plans which include voice and data in Canada. Then hotspot your phone for weather.

Then it's just a matter of putting on your jammies, stoking the heat, choosing your book and waiting for your day.

Did I mention you'll need chocolate?
Windy.com thanks, that's what I was looking for. And yes chocolate in the liquid from!
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We're drifting south from Desolation Sound, with Ganges likely for Friday-Sat. 7-8.



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...And yes chocolate in the liquid from!
My regular go-to hot drink of choice aboard is rather vile, but works: two spoonfuls of hot chocolate and one of instant coffee.

If it’s really cold & nasty outside I’ll ramp it up by making a cup of Jump Up Go Go, which was invented when I didn’t want to get out of my sleeping bag while camping at -20C.

Start by making a cup of spearmint tea, then add two spoonfuls of hot chocolate, then one spoonful of instant coffee, then melt in 1/3 of a Mars Bar. That’ll get you out there to chip ice or shovel snow
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You mean it doesn't?
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