One of the best parts of attending the Wooden Boat Festival at the Maple Bay Marina in the Cowichan Valley of BC, Canada is of course… the boats.  For today’s adventure together, we will take a look at a few of the boats that were moored up at the festival this year.  And to say they are beautiful is a distinct understatement.

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

I love this shot, this one is probably my favorite image in today’s post.  The crisp white boat is contrasted by the wonderful and warm wooden elements that pepper this scene.  I also really love the way the top portion of the door is open, giving us a quick peek of the inside…  the beautiful chrome pipe really stands out when you take in this image.  We also can’t forget the 3 heads dangling from a string just to the left of the open door.  Us Toad’s hoped they were decorations and not remnants of work done by headhunters on the high seas.

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

We believe this is a classic tugboat.  All completely done in wood, I believe this is one of the classic and heritage tugs from years and years ago.  This gorgeous vessel was in absolutely pristine condition and had its very own guard-dog on duty on the bow.  OK, maybe guard-dog might be a little ambitious here, this fur-bearing friend seemed to love all the attention he was mustering and didn’t really appear to be much on guard, to be honest.

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

As we walked the docks and met all sorts of wonderful folks, we really enjoyed taking in all the wonderful  woodwork on display.  Today’s modern boats made of fiberglass are all beautiful creations, but I personally really love to admire the craftsmanship and styling of these boats made years ago.  It was a wonderful festival to attend, and to see all these gorgeous boats so well maintained really spoke volumes to the dedication and love that the owners feel for these awesome vessels.

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Now, I’m sure you can head down to your local “Boats ‘R Us” and get yourself a lovely little rowboat that resembles this for a few hundred dollars. This gem was all hand-made with exacting standards that can only be met by a true craftsman.  All the details were precisely designed and built using the finest workmanship, and this boat was a true pleasure to spend some time with.

Our adventure will continue tomorrow with more sights and observations from the wonderful show.  Please do stay tuned!!  This blog post is part of an ongoing series titled “The Hollow’s Backyard“, please feel free to check out the previous posts.  And as always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please don’t hesitate to leave us any comments that you may have!




  1. avatar Jason Hines says:

    Great series as usual Toad! One of the things I always find fascinating is what people name their boats. I’ve seen some very unique names in my time, I can’t help but admire “C-Buster” however :). Have a great one!

    • Ha, thanks Jason! To be perfectly honest, myself and Mrs. Toad had to look at that one for a couple times before the lightbulb went off for us! Once we got what the line was all about, we LOVED it too! 🙂 Awesome awesome comments today, my friend, truly appreciate it!

  2. The 3 dangling heads is awesome. Can’t say that ive ever seen that on a boat. Thanx for sharing.

  3. Sweet images – nice sharp processing too. Good work!

  4. avatar Jim Denham says:

    What great character in these boats! Excellent work here!

  5. avatar chrisdmrf says:

    Excellent post as usual. I love the detailed woodwork on these boats and the way they hark back to a past world.

  6. I keep returning to gaze at the little tug boat. It’s picture perfect and so is the image that you created. These images take us to a Fantasy Land (or Sea); what better way to start the week. Thanks Toad!

    • Barbara, no day would be remotely complete without a visit from you; how do we even begin to say thank you for all your friendship & encouragement? You, my dear friend, are the very best of the best, thank you so much!

  7. avatar Cindi says:

    I really love the tug boat! Absolutely beautiful! Wooden boats are awesome! The guard dog is cute too! Great photos all around!

  8. I love these shots! Too bad I missed the wooden boat festival, it looks like fun. I went to one in Victoria once, it’s always nice to see the wonderful craftsmanship.

  9. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    This is one of my favorite posts Toad! I love the crisp details and shiny chrome!

  10. avatar Carol - Maple Bay Marina says:

    I am truly enjoying your photos and blog. You bring out the beauty of these boats. Thank you!

    • Thank you for your visit & comments Carol! It was a real pleasure to meet you at the show there, and we are thrilled to see you here at The Hollow! We’ve got a ton more images coming, so please do stay tuned!

  11. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Ha! Love the faces on the first shot! Really nice shots here Toad!

  12. avatar Jim Nix says:

    Toad, these are awesome! great series and some of these colors just POP! nice work mate!!

  13. avatar Kristi Hines says:

    Great shots… I used to go fishin myself in Mississippi, but never by boat. Just by the side of the lake. 🙂

  14. avatar John S. Mead says:

    I’m ready to hop aboard! Great work!