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These informative and fun 45-minute presentations are suitable for yacht club, power squadron and sailing association events. Club members receive a discount on guides purchased, and Anne and Laurence also donate a door prize. The authors request an honorarium from the club, as well as travel expenses for events outside Vancouver, Canada. Contact Anne and Laurence at for your next event!

PNW Favourites

 Dreamspeaker Guides The west coast waters of Washington State and British Columbia make up one of the world’s finest boating playgrounds. Hear the stories and view the pictures of our favourite spots, from Puget Sound to the Broughtons and the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.

Puget Sound

Dreamspeaker Guides - Puget Sound The most southerly of the Inside Passage cruising regions, Puget Sound and Hood Canal are sheltered by both Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula and offer an ideal urban boating experience. Well-maintained marinas and provisioning stops are plentiful, and you are never too far from a scenic state park or peaceful anchorage.

The San Juan

The San Juans are bordered by four significant bodies of water, allowing boaters to cruise in mainly protected waters while experiencing each island’s fascinating history and charm. The appeal is the short distance between destinations, the ease of provisioning and the choice of first-class state parks and well-maintained marinas and resorts.

The Gulf Islands

Snug along the southeast Vancouver Island shoreline, the Gulf Islands create a cruising playground that stretches between the urban centres of Victoria, Sidney and Nanaimo. Enjoy the distinct character of each island; you are never too far from a sheltered anchorage, sandy beach, hiking trail or scenic marine park.

The Sunshine

From Smuggler and Secret Coves to Pender Harbour and Princess Louisa Marine Park, the delights of the Sunshine Coast lie to the northwest of Gibsons. There are handy urban provisioning, moorage and fuelling stops, and the waters between offer a selection of charming marine parks, protected anchorages and sandy beaches.

Desolation Sound
& The
Discovery Islands

Dreamspeaker Guides - Desolation Sound

The cruising waters of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands are a maze of interconnecting waterways, tidal rapids and protected marine parks that encompass large tracts of accessible wilderness; Desolation Sound Marine Park provides one of the most spectacular boating destinations in the world!

The Broughtons

Dreamspeaker On the northeast shore of Vancouver Island, Port McNeill is the cruising boater’s gateway to the Broughtons. Acclaimed for its dramatic mountain backdrops, wild beauty and First Nations’ history, the Broughton Archipelago and surrounding islands offer a choice of tranquil anchorages that are linked by welcoming family marine resorts.

The West Coast
of Vancouver

Dreamspeaker Guides Vancouver Island extends 500 km (300 miles) from top to toe, with the west coast carved into five principal sounds, each with its own flavour and culture. With its rock-studded shoreline, miles of sandy beaches and diverse wildlife, this coast is awe-inspiring and presents one of the Pacific Northwest’s most thrilling adventures.

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