After a nine-week ‘metamorphosis,’ Victoria Butterfly Gardens is now ready to emerge from their pupae and show off their new wings, or in this case their new roof and redesign.
December 7, 2013 is the grand reopening of Victoria Butterfly Gardens. The facility is a 12,000 square foot glass house, although now the new roof has been made from a polycarbonate material, which weighs very little in comparison to glass. Its insulation properties are up to ten times better than the glass roof that was there before, plus it provides a much safer environment in the event of an earthquake.
HARBORS Photo Contest is live on Facebook!
We’re looking for entries of your favorite image that epitomizes your concept of the magnificent Pacific Northwest.
Choose a category – Wildlife and Nature, Boating, Fishing and and Seaplanes – or enter in all of them.
The lucky winner of this issue’s contest wins $50 and is entered into the annual contest to win a weekend for two at the Tucker House in Friday Harbor, including airfare from Seattle.
Entries close at the end of February, so you have plenty of time to enter – one entry per day allowed! Then tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter to vote for you!
All entries are moderated, so please, send your best shots and stick to the categories – and GOOD LUCK!
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By Jan Ross
It’s the quiet you notice first. Even before the lush growth of dark green evergreen trees, the granite slopes scoured by glaciers, the snow topped mountains and the waterfalls catch your attention. It’s the quiet.
As we cruised along the gorgeous Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in our comfortable Un-Cruise Adventures yacht, the Safari Quest, we heard a few seabirds calling to each other but that was the only sound as the smooth, emerald water peeled away from the bow, leading us to explore these beautiful islands. We were “gunkholing” our way around the area – a term used in boating circles to describe a style of boating, meandering from place to place seeking out isolated anchorages. In addition, we were seeking places to kayak, hike, view wildlife and just enjoy the location.
San Juan Island Distillery and Westcott Bay Cider
By Susan Colby
“Fire in the hole!” rings out in the misty afternoon, followed by a loud bang blasting from the miniature cannon manned by Hawk Pingree, one of the three partners of the San Juan Islands Distillery in Roche Harbor. A round of applause follows as the proud buyer of a bottle of Spy Hop Harvest Select Navy Strength Gin swipes his credit card in the Square card reader, a big grin on his face.
There’s a story behind that particular gin, just as there are stories behind every bottle of spirits and cider at the Distillery and Westcott Bay Cider.