After two nights trapped in the rolling anchorage of the half hippie town half tourist trap of Ganges Harbor on Saltspring Island, we were stoked to pull in to the more pristine, quiet waters of Montague Harbor on Galiano Island.
Rowing over to the fuel dock to top up our 1 gallon jerry can we’re greeted by Big Dan (not to be confused with Big Mike, his look alike brother. They say they’re not twins, but we think they’re lying). By far these two brothers are top notch Canadians we’ve met on our adventures in the land of the maple leaf flag.
Dan and Mike are the new owners of the Montague Harbour Marina, a rustic and secluded set of docks in the beautiful Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The marina has full amenities, a water front café, and a marine store with guide books and charts. If it was time to top up our ship’s batteries, the bros’ marina would have been the ideal location. We kind of just wanted to tie up for the night for fun, but we only just recently came out of dock withdrawal and didn’t want all those nights of cold sweats to have been for nothing.
In fact, the marina would be a great place to hole up and find work in the winter, but alas, we’re not Canadian.
Dan gave us the scoop about where to snag some fresh water (the Gulf Islands can be scarce for water, even the marinas), didn’t mind my studying of the charts and guide books in the store without buying them, and it only took a little bit of flirting to get him to give me the marina wi-fi code for free (non-marina people have to pay for wi-fi—sorry ya’ll, guy’s gotta eat).
Dan the Man commandeered the marina one year ago and lives in a permanent tent structure on the hill. He plans on building a house overlooking the wonderful harbor one day, but we think he should live on a boat.
If you’re in the area and want an authentic place to gather, stop by Montague Harbor Marina on Galiano Island, BC and experience some down home Canadian hospitality.