As we continue our adventure together at the Wooden Boat Festival at the Maple Bay Marina, today we take a look at some of the house boats moored at the marina.  This is the third post in our ongoing series from the festival, titled “The Hollow’s Backyard“.

During our time at the festival we did indeed get a few chances to hop out for a quick shoot here and there while we were tending to our table.  During one such outing, Mrs. Toad and myself came across a row of lovely house boats and took some time to explore this area.  We have some detailed photos taken of some wonderful artifacts and nick-knacks to share over the coming days, but today we’re taking a look at the houses sitting in their mooring, peacefully floating surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery.

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

To us, this is quintessential island living.  As we walked the docks and took in all the sights, we were struck with the notion that one day we really really need to take a look at perhaps getting a house boat, ourselves.  We are Toads, after-all.  This particular day was rather damp and cold; our spring has been less than stellar… but the marina itself sits in a lovely little cove that does provide some cover for the howling wind.  This inlet allows the water to remain fairly still…. and for a photographer, the reflections produced are far too good to pass up.

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Colorful, unique and in some cases hand-made…  the boats in the marina are all truly works of art to be taken in and enjoyed as such.  Once again, the reflection in this image is really mesmerizing and when contrasted with the brightly colored roofs of the house boats in the background, really sets a scene for us all to enjoy.

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

This is most definitely my favorite shot from today’s post… I just LOVE the reflection the boats and the dock create in the water.  And the peek-a-boo house boat in the background there with the folks standing in front of it really adds a lot of interest and life to the overall scene.

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Every home is absolutely different from the rest.  Each one has touches of personality that reflect the folks who live in them.  As we walked the docks this day, we encountered a series of these homes with notes attached inviting everyone in to check out what living on a house boat really is like.  In most cases we were asked not to take photographs inside, so we absolutely respected this, but we DID get a pretty good series of close-up studies of artifacts and nick-knacks that decorate the house boats themselves.  These images will be coming in posts in the next few days here.

One of the homes we went into for a visit was owned by these most wonderful ladies.  We were taken on a comprehensive tour of the home, and I will say that it’s a lot roomier inside than you may think.  Everything is carefully planned and laid out for living in tight-quarters and really, really works well.  The focus here is living on the water, enjoying the surroundings and the community you live in.  Absolutely wonderful, to say the least.

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

House Boats - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

We leave you today with this final image.  This shot was taken as we first rounded the corner on the dock where all the house boats were moored.  We really liked the perspective produced here as it leads the eye naturally down the dock and gives you brief glimpses of some of the wonderful details and artifacts we’ll be exploring in much further detail in coming blog posts.

Life may be quiet here, but it’s abundant and full of energy and respect for each other.  It truly is a community unlike any other, and definitely something we’ll be taking a closer look at personally in the coming years.  You just never know where life will take you next….

We sure do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, folks! As always, we truly appreciate your visit and would love to hear from you… please leave comments if you have time!




  1. avatar Kristi Hines says:

    The last one is like a great lead-in to the weekend, saying that you’ll be out exploring and getting more great shots for us next week. 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Reminds me of the San Diego Harbor but with Pines replacing the Palms…great series here

  3. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Lovin the series Toad!When I looked at the first couple of shots today ,for some reason the theme to “Gilligan’s Island” popped into my head….

    • Geez, I never thought of that, great observation there, Fred! Thanks so much my friend for popping by today! We can only hope that Mr. Howell pops by your place this weekend and leaves a boat-load of cash behind for ya!

  4. avatar Heather says:

    I want to stay on one of those house boats! So cool!

  5. avatar chrisdmrf says:

    Wow. Looks like a great place toad. Love how you have photographed it

  6. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    I know what I want. Gosh that looks like some good living. And great blog and images. Really sucked me right in. Your fave is my fave too! Great work Toads!

  7. Wow! What a life that must be . . . a never ending vacation. The color in these images is just glorious, Toad. Beautiful, beautiful processing!

  8. avatar Craig says:

    Lovely shots, looks very peaceful. Also some stunning yachts

  9. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Outstanding colors and your reflections are tremendous. Great job, Toad as usual.