Last week, we spent a few days with good friends on Saltspring Island. They have a wonderful house located near the top of a ridge, overlooking the waterways between some of the Gulf Islands.
They are great cooks, so we had some excellent meals. There were only the four of us - it was a "cozy" visit.
I took my Celestron C-8 telescope along, and, since the weather co-operated, we had a great view of the planet Saturn with its rings and moons, globular and open star clusters, and much more. The sky in the area is relatively free of light pollution, even though the "light domes" of Vancouver to the east and Victoria to the south were noticeable.
The ferry trips themselves were like "microcruises"; we tend forget how beautiful BC is - a paradise close by.