Our Home Dock
When Rick and I first met we had lunch at a little pub right beside the river where our home dock now is. After lunch we walked down to the docks to look around. It was a sunny clear February day and the dock lines were frozen and the air was crisp and cold.
A year and a half later in June, we were married. Rick had
the Fish-N-Chips moored in
arrived home from our two month honeymoon cruise in September 2003. We called ahead and asked if there was any
room at the dock for us. We were told by
the Harbour Master,
After two months we were on the inside and enjoying our new home. We have since moved our boat to the inside of the breakwater dock. We enjoy a beautiful view of the river and the mountains. The birds and wildlife also make our home very scenic. It is not uncommon to see eagles, blue herons, beavers, seals, many varieties of gulls, depending on the time of year, and river otters as well. The coming and going of weekend fishing boats, jet boats, guide boats and the working tugs in the area make for never a dull moment on the river.
We enjoy a “gated community” where the gates are locked from 1800 to 0800 each day. There are currently four live-a-boards on the dock which also aids in security. Water and 20 amp power outlets are also available.
In late spring before people move off for summer cruises we usually have a dock party and get everyone together at the same time to chat it up about their boating experiences and future cruising plans.
My first two winters on the dock were extraordinary. The first year, 2003, the river froze over,
something that hadn’t happened for over 12 years. We had just returned from a two week
Christmas cruise in the
The ice covered the river from one side to the other but the water was still moving underneath. Small icebergs slid down the river and bumped into other “bergs” giving the river a real “bumpy” look. After one week the weather warmed up and the ice flowed slowly away.
The following winter we didn’t have ice over the river but the northerly outflow winds made for three foot waves on the river that splashed up onto the docks and dock lines and froze. The dock was very slipper and the lines had a two inch crust of ice on them for over a week
The downside to living this far up the river is the time it
takes to get to the ocean. When we go
out it is at Christmas, Spring break and two months in the summer. It takes us about six hours to get to the
ocean going with the flow of the river where we usually stay over night either
in Cowards Cove in the North Arm of the river or Steveston in the South
Arm. On our return from the ocean, after
crossing the Strait of Georgia, we
usually stop at one of the two locations where the river meets the sea and the
next day go as far as the Pitt River and tie up at the Gill Netter Pub
docks. Once you get past the
we do weekend trips it might be to
We often take friends and colleagues out on the river for day cruises in the late spring and early summer before we take off. If we have some really warm days we also like to go out in our tender, Catch-Up, and putt up the river where the water is too shallow for our bigger boat.
Later in the spring when the current in the river isn’t too strong we can also kayak around home a bit as well. If the river is too difficult to paddle in we take the kayaks behind us in the Catch-Up and tow them up river to the slough and paddle in the more protected waters there. The Catch-Up is tied to a dolphin in the slough and we jump in our kayaks and explore the slough and its wildlife.
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