48th annual Bathtub Race in Nanaimo

BathtubBoat by Trent Whaley

Clad in pirate gear, Frank Ney raised his sword and launched Nanaimo’s first bathtub race. The year was 1967. The vessels were bathtubs strapped to pontoons and powered by engines hooked, sometimes precariously, to the back.

Why in the world would Ney, Nanaimo’s mayor at the time, think up such an event?

It was to celebrate Canada’s centennial birthday. The event was (and still is) in keeping with the city’s fun loving and quirky atmosphere. It highlights their harbour. It gets folks attention. And, it encourages dressing like a pirate – something Ney was very fond of doing.

Thus, the International World Championship Bathtub Race was born. (more…)

13th Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival July 19 & 20

Tomorrow, all things lavender will be celebrated at the thirteenth annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival.

And when I say all things – I mean all things. There will be Lavender Ice Cream. There will be Lavender Lemonade. There will be Lavender Iced Tea, Lavender Coffee and lavender baked goods.

It’s going to be a lavender, lavender, lavender kind of weekend. To get the inside scoop about this two-day festival, I contacted the Pelindaba Lavender Farm – a 25 acre organic lavender farm who hosts the event each year: (more…)

Cast Your Vote

Vote for Your Favorite Island in the San Juan Now

IT’S BACK! Our annual “Vote For Your Favorite San Juan Island” Facebook contest is going on right now. From now until August 2, you can vote for the island in the San Juans you want us to put on sale for $89.

That’s up to 35% off our regular fares!

Goodness. Are you as excited as we are?

Choose from San Juan Island, Orcas Island or Lopez Island. Monday, August 4 we’ll announce the winning island with the most votes. You’ll then have four days –  August 6, 7, 8 & 9 – to book your $89 seats online for travel between Seattle and the winning island.

You can vote once a day, every day. So come back often and encourage all of your friends and family to vote by sharing the contest after you submit!

Cast Your Vote Now

 

The $89 fare will be available on any of our daily scheduled seaplanes or wheeled-aircraft service from Seattle/Lake Union, Kenmore/Lake Washington, Seattle/Boeing Field or Sea-Tac Airport to the winning island between September 22, 2014–November 25, 2014, December 3–18, 2014 and January 3–March 31, 2015.

 

 

 

Argosy Cruises’ Strictly, Simply, Sincerely Seattle Contest

Argosy Cruises in Seattle

Seattle during the summer – does it get much better? We think not.

The mountains. The sound. The lake. We wake up every day excited to take it all in. It never gets old. We’re constantly stunned by how beautiful the PNW is. Heck, have you ever seen anything that comes close to Mount Rainier on a clear day? She’s big, bold and beautiful. She’s downright captivating. (more…)

Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino

Imagine Cannon Beach before its coast was lined with a concrete jungle and you might be close to picturing Tofino. At least, you’d be close to picturing Tofino’s beach. Unlike its grass-lined southern brother, Tofino’s shores are rimmed with old growth forests. Here, trunks grow out of dirt that rests next to sand.

Smack dab at the end of the road – literally, it’s the last stop on Canada’s transcontinental highway, the Pacific-Rim Highway – this quaint town has yet to be overrun by commercialized tourist attractions. It’s landscape remains pristine. It’s locals, all 1,852 of them, embody the back-country, wave-as-you-pass friendly attitude you’d expect in a small town. (more…)