Customs the Gulf Islands

Canada!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009S.V. CAMBRIA

We checked in Canada Monday afternoon without incident. They had all of our information stored on the computer, so it was only a matter of answering a few simple questions over the telephone – how much alcohol do you have onboard? any fresh produce? any pets? – before we were given our new clearance number.

We chose an anchorage just outside the custom’s dock and Poet’s Cove Resort and Spa where the cliffs seem to appear straight out of the water; we honestly haven’t seen anything this beautiful since New Zealand. In fact, each stop is more beautiful than the last and it’s difficult to know whether to carry-on quickly and see what lies ahead or to savour each anchorage until we tire of it. If the latter were the case, we’d surely be here for weeks enjoying the resort’s heated pool, restaurants, and nearby hiking trails. Maybe we’d even take advantage of the local “car stop” where pedestrians can wait for a passing car to pick them up – hitchhiking, Canadian-style!

It’s been raining off and on since we arrived and we’re waiting for the weather to clear before we leave. Hopefully, that will happen this afternoon, but it looks unlikely at this point. In the interest of time, we decided to cross the Strait of Georgia over to the mainland of British Columbia where we’ll work our way north to Desolation Sound rather than take the route inside the Gulf Islands. If all goes well, our first stop will be Gibson’s Landing, just north of Vancouver, where we’ll buy more provisions and exchange US dollars for Canadian ones. Until next time….

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