We left Sucia Island yesterday under cloudy skies with 15mph winds and 2-foot seas. The crossing to Bedwell Harbor on South Pender Island was no fun, if also uneventful. We did note how much better the new boat handles in somewhat rough water compared to our former boat. Canadian Customs at Bedwell went smoothly, and shortly we continued northwest to Ganges on Saltspring Island, a busy harbor teeming with boats coming and going, and where the sun soon came out.
Ganges is a bustling seaside village with shops, restaurants, galleries, interesting public art, an excellent grocery and hardware store and well-developed waterfront sidewalks, pocket parks and wharfs on which to walk. It’s nicely done and somehow manages to avoid the overly-touristy feel of many such villages. We took mid-day and evening walks to town and cooked dinner in the marina on our barbecue. We were last here one day short of a year ago, on our first day of cruising the Inside Passage aboard the trawler Gold Rush, you can read about it here. (click on the word “here”)
Today we move on to Montague Harbor on Galiano Island, a spot recommended by several folks we’ve met.