Down at the Dock: Vancouver International Boat Show a success

(L to R) Ruby Berry, Christianne Wilhelmson, Robert Dick, David Macdonald and Mike Richards at our booth.Photo by Michelle Young What a fantastic time we had at the Vancouver International Boat Show, put on by our supporters at the BC Marine Trades Association! Attendance was strong with thousands of people enjoying the event every day, and … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: from boat shows to cruising magazines

2013 is upon us, and you know what that means! Soon we will be mingling with boating enthusiasts at the Vancouver International Boat Show. We hope you will stop by our booth February 7th to 11thwhere we will be featuring our award winning Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program. You can even pick … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: Clean Marine BC sees real, positive results!

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce on Perspectives on the Marine Economy. My talk focused on our Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program, and how a clean marine environment is critical to a healthy coastal economy here in BC. Alongside teachers and politicians, the room … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: summer excitement!

What a busy boating season we had with our green boating and marina eco-certification program. This was my first summer as our Clean Marine BC program coordinator, and what a summer it was! We made it to boat shows on both sides of Georgia Strait – twice –  to spread the word about green boating. … Continue reading

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More paddling action in the Lower Mainland and good local food on the Island

Paddling action on the beach near Jericho Sailing CentrePhoto credit: Deanna McGillivray After a couple of days spent in the office in Nanaimo, Deanna and I were eager to get out for more outreach action. I think that the more you get involved in discussing environmental issues with the public, the more passionate you get … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: Maple Bay Marina Wooden Boat Festival

Clean Marine BC eco-certification flag flying at Maple Bay Marina Photo: Michelle Young Maple Bay Marina’s Wooden Boat Festival took place last weekend at one of GSA’s seven Clean Marine BC eco-rated marinas. The first thing I saw as I arrived was thousands of juvenile salmon in the bay; what a fitting way to start … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG – Georgia Strait Alliance receives grants for programs and capacity

By Cheryl Onciul – Fundraising Assistant As one of the newest members of the Georgia Strait Alliance team, I am really excited to share some of the highlights of my 5 months as GSA’s Fundraising Assistant. In my work, I share GSA’s stories and plans, in the hope that like-minded Foundations and businesses will want … Continue reading

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Sailing, Shakespeare, Seals, Shags and Slicks!

Last weekend my family and I were lucky enough to travel to Vancouver to see the wonderful Bard on the Beach production of Antony and Cleopatra. Surprisingly it was our 12 year old son’s choice. We sailed over from Gabriola Island with an 18 NW knot breeze to push us along. Glorious conditions saw us … Continue reading

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Loss of a lifestyle – musings over cell phones

Just recently, a “temporary” cell phone tower has appeared on the shores of Silva Bay on Gabriola island. I assume it was brought in to fill the little black hole of cell phone coverage we had in this neck of the woods. It seems some folks figure this is a good idea to increase communication … Continue reading

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“Green” Boating Week BC!

Though the winter has been kind of dark and dreary, a few hardy souls spent some time on our beautiful BC waters, enjoying the delights and challenges that winter cruising brings. For the majority of us however, it’s just been the last couple of weeks when we’ve started to think more about our boats and … Continue reading

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