Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 93 - Butchart Cove on Vancouver Island BC - Thursday, August 11, 2011

We say "so long for now" to Ladysmith, as we make our way toward Butchart Cove farther to the south on Vancouver Island.

It is an uneventful trip, although exciting as we dodge the ferries -- this one coming from Chemainus to Telegraph Harbour -- both are places we would like to visit on another day.

We see a cute little tugboat, and notice the pilot waves to us.  Perhaps he thinks our little tugboat is cute............

We see another tug -- this time a Ranger Tug, but don't recognize the boat.

We never tire of enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Gulf Islands in Canada.

Our cruise today takes us down Stuart Channel, through the Sansum Narrows (not as narrow as Dodd), and into Satellite Channel.

We continue south into Saanich Inlet, which separates the main part of Vancouver Island from its Saanich Peninsula.

There is more excitement as we watch a ferry come too close for comfort along side a sailboat under sail.  I see that they are watching each other, but everyone is safe and all is well.

We arrive at Butchart Cove and catch a mooring buoy.  It is really helpful that they have rings in the rocks to tie off the stern line, and especially helpful that they have painted a white circle around each ring for easily locating it.

Herb climbs the rock to thread the ring, and we are home for the evening.

The moorage is free to guests who tour the Butchart Gardens, so Herb goes to purchase our tickets for tomorrow and register Willie's Tug for today.

Jake gets his evening ride to shore in Jake's Ferry.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and Walldog, Willie and Jake

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