Are there any cruising areas of the world that are like BC and WA but are not in Canada
Reason I ask: We've been waiting for 6 months to enter Canada
(we missed the border closure by only 2 weeks) - and are about ready to throw in the towel and come up with a plan B for 2021. We're full-time cruisers and BC is the only place we want to cruise
(currently in WA). So we're stuck in the position where we can't go north and don't want to go south (we don't like tropical / hot weather
sailing - I know that may seem weird and picky, but those who have spent a lot of time in BC will understand).
If the border remains closed past March 2021 we'll miss another year (Mar-Sept) and would rather stop cruising if that's the case (WA is great but not big enough, personally, for 24 months of cruising - we've already done 12 months here), or find a plan B.
I know many think Canada will open in 2021 but I don't think that's a sure thing (and don't really want to get into that here) - let's just say their willingness to keep the border closed has far exceeded my expectations, so I'm betting on worst case scenarios now. The month to month extensions don't give us enough time to plan for alternatives. If we're going to stop cruising or find a plan B we need more than 1-2 months to plan.
Are there any places like BC, not in Canada, that we could perhaps buy or charter
in? A BC replacement would have:
- lots of trees and mountains
- at least 500 miles of coastline
- hundreds to thousands of anchorages
- not too hot (40F to 70F most of the time)
- short distances between anchorages (20-40nm) in most places
AK meets that but I'm not sure how feasible chartering there is given the shorter season. I hear Maine
is popular but I don't think it meets the size requirement - it's only 100-150mi, tiny compared to BC's 600 to 2000+ miles coastline.