Each year we try to attend an event that is held just around the corner from The Hollow, that is the annual “Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival”.  This event attracts the attention of classic wooden boat enthusiasts from all points of the world, and is held at our very own picturesque Maple Bay Marina.  This is a wonderful place, one you can visit at any point during the year to capture some stunning nautical themed images and take in the peaceful life that is found when living near an ocean.  Let’s dive in as we continue our running photoblog series “The Hollow’s Backyard“.

Classic Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Boating enthusiasts come from all walks of life, with a wide variety of interests that all tie into the overall theme of classic wooden boats.  Take this terrific vessel as an example; I believe this is a miniature version of a tug boat that was meticulously crafted to look exactly like it’s bigger cousin, but intended to be enjoyed as a recreational boat.  The wonderful and vibrant red tones caught our eye from across the piers as we made our way around the event, and we were drawn to it like proverbial Toads to a fly.  This is the exact sort of boat that I would personally love to have to putter around our local bays and inlets taking in the best that our coast has to offer.

Classic Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Once again I must stress that we are far from being experts on the topic of boating, but rather we are fans of classic boats who appreciate the woodwork and detailing that goes into vessels of this nature.  This cabin cruiser is wonderfully adorned, featuring all sorts of details.  The color combination appears to us to be of a typical west coast palette, and the little detail on the bow celebrates our indigenous history that is such and important and prevalent factor locally.

Classic Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Large sailboats like this one were to be found tied to docks everywhere at the marina at the event.  If you pay close attention, you will notice the incredible wood planks that have gone into creating the structure of the boat, revealing wonderful textures that are perfect fodder for our camera.  Once again, the tiny details all converge with this craft to create the overall style and feel of the boat.  It certainly is easy to imagine oneself anchored in a bay nearby, enjoying the local wildlife, food and beverage while sitting peacefully on the deck.  The creaking of the wood boat contrasted against the splashing of the waves against the hull is something I can hear in my mind’s ear, and in many ways hearkens the feel we have during our adventure days when we take in the sights and sounds of Vancouver Island.

There just isn’t anything better.

Thank you once again for your kind visit today to The Hollow!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!




  1. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I have never wanted a boat but I sure do admire the details of them. You have captured their beauty nicely Toad.

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  2. avatar Edith levy says:

    Oh boy…I want one! Gorgeous images Toad.

    • It’s funny how something that is such an obvious work of art can have such a terrific function behind it, Edith! 🙂 We love these boats, too, for sure! Many thanks for popping on by and commenting today, we sure do appreciate it!

  3. Great shots, that second one is my favorite. Sure would be a blast to take that out on a cruise, well done!

  4. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    Truly, what beauties these are!
    Thank you so much for sharing them here,
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    • We wish you a wonderful weekend, too, Lisa, thank you very much! We sure love it when you find time to pop by The Hollow and leave us your great comments, thank you so much for that!