On day 11 we headed from Wallace Island, Princess Cove to Chemainus. It was only a hour and we motored there after breakfast in the morning. We had decided that Chemainus was a good place to reprovision as we needed everything: water, groceries, fuel (diesel, gas & propane), showers and to do laundry. We texted Sue, Ellery’s mother (she lives not far away in Cowichan Bay) and she came to take Maddie to the park for an hour and lent us her car so we could get groceries. We tied up at the government dock, which was very convenient for getting everything done. Water was at the dock, showers were at the end of the dock and laundry was a short 5 minute walk into town. Fuel was not available because there was a recent fire at the fuel dock last winter and was undergoing repairs, so we would have to get that elsewhere.
Above is a view from where we tied up our boat in Chemainus.
During Maddie’s afternoon nap, I took Amelia and two bags of laundry into town. It’s been awhile since I’ve been at a laundromat and it brought back memories of doing laundry with my mom when I was a kid. The Chemainus laundromat was very pleasant, in fact only one other person was there other than us and Amelia was very entertained by the clothes going round and round in the dryer.
With two kids, we went from doing laundry every day or two at home to every 6ish days out here. It’s a good reminder in conserving water and energy.
While I was doing laundry, Ellery filled our water tanks and took apart the composting head (toilet) and gave it a good clean.
Once Maddie woke up, we headed to a playground so she could run around. Then after dinner, Maddie and I went to have our showers, 1$ for 2 min. We used 2$.
The next morning on day 12, we bought a few more things and were on our way by 1100. We headed to Telegraph Harbour which is made between Thetis & Penelakut Islands.
It was another short trip and we arrived at anchor by lunchtime. This anchorage is small and shallow so it was a bit unnerving anchoring in 7 feet of water. Ellery set our stern anchor to prevent us from swinging since there was not much room between the other boats at anchor.
Above is Maddie watching Ellery set the stern anchor.
Maddie’s nap is a great time to get things done so Ellery took the dinghy over to the fuel dock to fill the jerrycan with gas for the dinghy and our propane tank. We weren’t exactly sure how much propane we had left so we thought it best just to fill it up. Ellery spent the rest of Maddie’s nap working on line splicing while I napped with Amelia.
That afternoon, we were determined to find a playground for Maddie and since the cruising guide said there was one near a marina on Thetis Island. Well, no playground at the marina but I asked around and found out there was one a 10 min walk away. As Ellery, I and the girls walked along a quiet island road, I thought that a theme for this trip could be ‘finding playgrounds for Maddie.’
The playground we were directed to turned out to be at a Bible Camp and we arrived just as about 50 kids plus chaperones were also arriving. Going past us with their rolly luggage reminded us of a train going by and Maddie was mesmerized. This did not deter us and Maddie went on to play on the very small, rickety playground.
As we sat together at dinner that night we realized that this is our 12th day, so our longest trip and also the farthest we’ve ever sailed, as a family with kids. We felt proud and enjoyed a lovely, fleeting moment where everyone was happy.
Day 13, we woke up excited to check out the other marina on Thetis Island as the guidebook said there was a cafe with coffee! We zoomed over in the dinghy after breakfast to find a sign saying dinghy moorage was 5$. This put us off as you never have to pay for dinghy moorage. Then we get to the marina grounds and are told the facilities are only for ‘boaters only.’ Ellery says ‘we are boaters, we did arrive on a boat.’ Nope, not good enough as we weren’t staying at the marina. Off we went, we decided we didn’t want to wait for the deserted cafe to open. We headed back to our sailboat and decided to weigh anchor and continue on. No need to stick around when you don’t feel welcome.
Here’s Amelia and I happy to be heading into Ladysmith Harbour.