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My husband, our 8 and 12 year old boys and I loved staying on the Northwest Passage in tranquil Degnen Bay. The sailboat is beautiful, with teak interior, comfortable beds, and docked in a quiet marina. Donna and Tim are kind and gracious hosts and spending the day with them sailing around the Gulf Islands is an experience we will cherish for a long time. We will be back!
We shared two glorious days with our hosts, Donna and Tim, on their beautiful (and well-appointed) sailboat on Gabriola Island. We were a bit hesitant to book our stay on one of the small islands but the ferry from Nanaimo was very easily managed and runs almost every hour. The Northwest Passage (our floating hotel) was docked in a picturesque harbour where are few seals floated by and starfish, of varying colours, clung to the wooden beams of the dock. We enjoyed lovely homemade muffins, cookies, fresh fruit and a bottle of wine welcomed us on our arrival. Donna and Tim also took us on an afternoon sail to see the seals sleeping on the log jams, the rugged coastlines of the many neighbouring islands and the beautiful rock formations. We then anchored the boat in a lovely harbour and enjoyed a barbequed dinner together. Donna and Tim were fun, flexible and a delight to chat with for our varied family clan (my parents are in their 70's, me in my 40's and my daughter and niece in their 20's). Our stay in "The Belly of the Mother" was a glimpse at living in a peaceful paradise!
Our family of four, two boys 7 and 9, stayed on donna and tim's yacht for three nights.
This was an amazing experience and a highlight of our 7 week adventure in BC. The boat is in excellent condition and is located in a picturesque and peaceful harbour. Donna and Tim were charming hosts providing us with a wonderful warm welcome and delicious home baking.
In addition in the brilliantly kitted out accommodation we were allowed to use their dinghy and kayak to explore the harbour and "turtle head island", much to the delight of the whole family.
We would give more than five stars if we could!