We arrived in Vancouver Harbor, B.C. late Tuesday afternoon. Winds were to be 15 -20 kts. as we headed to the last city in the state of Washington, Blaine. What we experienced were 35 kt. sustained winds with 4 - 5 ft. of wind chop, not lovely. So rather than try to dock under these circumstances, we made the call to continue north with the expectation that things would calm. They did, to 20 kts. So after a rough, long day we entered Vancouver harbor looking for the Canadian customs dock. The guide books indicated a long dock with an extremely small sign giving a customs number. After doing so,the customs officer asked if we were at a particular latitude and longitude. We were not, so we untied and headed out only to find the new spot was wrong and would have landed us somewhere in the middle of the marina. Long story short, we went back called again, Mike told them who was on board and we got a customs clearance number without further adieu. Yahoo. Coal Harbor is a nice marina but pricey so we crossed the bay and found a reasonable spot with no amenities in No. Vancouver to just tie up and relax for the evening as it had already been a 12 hour passage.
We are now in what is called the "Sunshine Coast". The weather was just beautiful and warm Wednesday morning so we decided to enjoy the city for a few days before we head further north. We bit the bullet at $102.00 CAD per night in Coal Harbor so that we could just walk about freely amongst the 2 million people in greater Vancouver. We enjoyed Stanley Park which is 1,000 acres large with gorgeously manicured gardens. Our feet have walked about 15+ miles in the last two days just taking it all in. Canadians are crazy Canuck (hockey) fans and there is a big game tonight. Reminds me of Laker fans (flags, jerseys, billboards, buses that say Go Canucks Go!, etc.). Took a stroll along the long, long waterfront. Construction is taking place all over the city getting ready for the Olympic games next winter here. There are some areas that need lots of help. Between old Gastown and Chinatown, which is considered one of the poorest neighborhoods in B.C. is laden with marijuana,drugs, prostitution, homelessness, begging and lots of downtrodden and troubled looking souls. We were told that the area is an eyesore but, "No worries, just don't stay in the area late". No chance of that!
We will enjoy a nice meal at the waterfront tonight and head out tomorrow morning for the Jervis Inlet with a stop or two anchoring along the way. We are now moving out of city mode and into camping, fishing, relaxing and taking in nature as sailors are intended. Mike bought a fishing license for Canada at $106.00 CAD so I hope he catches lot of fish and crab for us to enjoy on our journey to Alaska. Updates may be more scarce now as we move north so don't get concerned if you don't hear from us.