We left Cornet Bay at 6:00 a.m. to hit slack current going under Deception Pass bridge. It took us about 4 hours to get to Bedwell Harbor in Canada where we cleared Canadian Customs and then headed to Ganges harbor on Saltspring Island. We got a spot on the port dock right where the seaplanes land but moved later in the day when an opening came up just a tiny bit further to one of their other docks. These docks are first come/first serve so you never know what you will get. We like these docks because they are right at the base of the town so a short walk to stores. There are a few other marinas but they are slightly further away.
Ganges is always a happening little town. We had lunch after we got there then did some exploring.
One of my favorite pastimes is watching other boaters as they try to dock or figure out where to go… back at Bedwell where we cleared customs a boat tied up in front of us and they were clearly new boaters. I had to explain that they tied up in the float plane designated area… not sure how they missed the sign! Then as we left there a large sailboat came in and went to a dock with big signs saying not to tie up there.
At Ganges boats kept trying to go to the Canadian Coast Guard spots or the float plane or local passenger ferry spots. All are clearly marked so it is fun to watch them being told to move. Most were good dockers so no real excitement there. There was the one power boat that came flying in past everyone well above the no wake 5 knot speed limit. Boy, did that wake all of us.
We had a disappointing dinner at the Oystercatcher restaurant our first night in town. The chowder was just ok and the oysters were too huge and not cooked real well….in my opinion.
Saturday was the Ganges Market day and there is always lots of food vendors and funky local artisan stands. The local produce always looks fabulous. It is lots of fun to just wander it and try samples and chat with locals.
We barbecued on the boat Saturday night and listened to the Mariners on XM Radio while texting game comments back and forth with Robin Miller back home.
It was another fairly early night because another early departure Sunday.