Living on the east side of Vancouver Island, at one of the narrowest sections of the Georgia Strait, we are reminded daily of the dependence upon the waterways. So many communities north of us are most easily accessed by boat or water plane, and that means bringing goods in by boat. While in the summer the traffic in the strait is a mixture of working boats and pleasure boats, in winter it is dominated by working boats.
Barges are the most frequent vessels, along with the tug boats pulling them along. Sometimes the barges are loaded with cargo boxes, other times there might be large cranes, or huge logs (those are usually heading south), or even buildings. Buildings are barged out to remote islands, or logging camps/fishing camps along the coast, or to resorts further north. Sometimes they come into town as well, returning from adventures on the coast.
I love this connection to the water. It isn’t just for pleasure, or to wonder at. It is another highway, and a vital one to many people on the wild northwest coast of North America.