Cruising The Beautiful Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands receive much summertime sun and little summertime rainfall.  Water is in short supply.  Boat washing is something that just isn’t done, at least in the islands themselves.   Marine parks provide anchorage, mooring and docking possibilities, and facilities ashore.  Private marinas run the spectrum from rustic to deluxe, many with excellent dining on-site or nearby.   Navigation is straightforward, but pay attention.  It’s easy to get confused, and the waters are dotted with rocks and reefs.   Drop by to our marina for all your provisioning needs and answers to your questions on the Gulf Islands.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve came into being in 2004. Many former provincial parks, and most of the uninhabited islands and islets south of Active Pass, were transferred to the new national park, plus a number of other properties that were purchased.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Hope Bay Public Marina

Hope Bay Public Wharf is located on the East side of North Pender Island facing Navy Channel.  Open all year, 300 feet of dock space, 2 day-use mooring buoys marked “Hope Bay Store”,   If the dock is full (it often is), tie to the mooring buoys and dinghy in

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Breezy Bay Saturna Island

Breezy Bay Saturna Island Family Estate Winery located 8 Quarry Road Saturna Island, BC.   The winery and bistro are no longer open, however, visitors can hike the winery grounds and enjoy the spectacular views.  Access from a small dock in Breezy Bay, just north of Croker Point.

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Ganges Harbour Salt Spring Island

Ganges, at the head of Ganges Harbour, is a favourite destination.   This bustling seaside village has marinas, good anchorage, shops, galleries, restaurants, and two large supermarkets with marina delivery.  There is a dedicated centrally located dingy dock.  Thrifty Foods is the closest to the marinas.

Ganges Marina Salt Spring Island

Ganges Kanaka Wharf Salt Spring Island

Ganges Kanaka Wharf monitors VHF 09.  These docks are immediately north of the floating breakwater, with 1400 feet of visitor moorage, water, 30 amp power, and pump out.  Good free Wi-Fi on the docks or from nearby cafes.  Washroom, shower and garbage drop at the Harbour Authority office at Centennial Wharf, about a block away.

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Silva Bay Marina & Resort Gabriola Island

Silva Bay Marina & Resort is located 3383 South Road Gabriola Island and monitors VHF 66A.  Open all year with guest moorage, 30 amp & limited 100 amp power, water, garbage drop, washrooms, showers, laundry, a liquor store with snack items.  Reservations are recommended.

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Page’s Resort & Marina Gabriola Island

Page’s Resort & Marina is located at 3350 Coast Road, Gabriola Island Monitors VHF 66A.  Open all year, visitor moorage was expanded in 2015 and accommodates yachts up to 65 feet.    Mid-grade marine gasoline and diesel at the fuel dock, 30 amp power, washrooms, showers, laundry, garbage, recycling, bicycle and scooter rentals, ice, free Wi-Fi.

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Pirates Cove Marine Park De Courcy Island

Pirates Cove is open all year, campsites, pit toilets, hand pump water (boil before use) on the south beach, no other facilities.  It’s a lovely little harbour, protected from seas but not all winds, with room for many boats (on a short scope).  24 mooring rings for stern-ties are set into the sandstone cliffs that encircle the bay.

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Victoria International Marina Gateway to the Southern Gulf Islands

With Victoria International Marina as your home port, plan a sought-after trip to the Southern Gulf Islands where history, nature and adventure await.  There are 5 major Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, Mayne Island, Saturna Island, Pender Island, and Galiano Island.

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Lyall Harbour Anchorage

Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island, is a large, well-protected anchorage, with a ferry landing and store near the entrance. Nearby Boot Cove is a beautiful spot with anchorage in 12 to 18 feet.

Lyall Harbour Anchorage

Montague Harbour Anchorage

Montague Harbour is a popular stopping spot in the central Gulf Islands. It is well protected and has an outstanding marine park. Depending on wind direction, you can find good anchorages around the bay.

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Irish Bay Anchorage and Samuel Island

Nestled in the middle of the Gulf Islands, halfway between the Victoria International Marina and Vancouver is a teardrop anchorage that can accommodate all sizes of yachts. Irish Bay is located on the SW side of Samuel Island and affords good protection from all winds, even a winter’s SE gale.

Irish Bay Anchorage

North Cove Anchorage Thetis Island

North Cove indents the north end of Thetis Island and is a good anchorage, although it is open to northwesterly winds. A substantial rock breakwater protects a price float and boathouse at Fraser Point, the entrance to North Cove.

North Cove Thetis Island

Prevost Island Anchorage

Prevost Island is a favourite of many. Annette Inlet and Glenthorne Passage, on the northwest end, are particularly attractive. The bays indenting from the southeast also look inviting, but with a southeastern always possible and with ferry traffic flying by in Swanson Channel.

Prevost Island Anchorage

Conover Cove Wallace Island Marine Park

A reef directly offshore from the entrance to Conover Cove on Wallace Island can be avoided by going around either end.  Especially from the southeast, give the reef ample room.

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Princess Cove

Princess Cove is just northwest of Conover Cove and has room for quite a few boats to anchor.  Mooring eyes for stern-ties, usually marked with red or yellow-painted arrows, are set in the rock along the shoreline.

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Annette Inlet

Annette Inlets is a little wider than Glenthorne Passage, with few houses and a good sandy beach at the head.  As you approach, note the charted rock that dries at 0.9 meters, off the mouth of the inlet.

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Narvaez Bay

Picnic tables and toilet, camping in 7 sites, ideal for kayakers.  Dogs must be on a leash.  Beautiful Narvaez Bay indents the rock cliffs on the south shore of Saturna Island and is open to southeasterly winds and the wakes of passing ship traffic in Boundary Pass.

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De Courcy Group

The De Courcy Group has several interesting small anchorages.  Whale Boat Island, just off the southeast shore of Ruxton Island, is a relatively undeveloped provincial park.  The preferred anchorage is south of the island, taking care to avoid a drying rock

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Horton Bay

Horton Bay.  The public wharf is a Canpass/Nexus-only customs reporting station and has room for up to 320 feet of moorage.  Entering the area between Mayne and Samuel Islands requires some care but is completely navigable.

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Lyall Harbour

Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island, is a large, well-protected anchorage, with a ferry landing and store near the entrance.  Nearby Boot Cove is a beautiful spot with anchorage in 12 to 18 feet

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Montague Harbour

Montague Harbour is a popular stopping spot in the central Gulf Islands.  It is well protected and has an outstanding marine park.  Depending on wind direction, you can find good anchorages around the bay.

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Port Browning Marina Pender Island

Port Browning Marina Pender Island monitors VHF 66A.  The marina is open all year, 3000 feet of guest moorage, 15 & 30 amp power, free Wi-Fi, ATM, excellent washrooms, laundry, launch ramp, seasonal swimming pool, beer & wine sales.  Kayak and SUP rentals.

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Poets Cove Resort in Bedwell Harbour Pender Island

Poets Cove Marina is open all year, gasoline, diesel, and ice at the fuel dock.  Guest moorage to 100 feet in 95 slips and side tie, 30 amp power.  If slips are filled, a floating dock is available at a reduced rate for smaller vessels.   Liquor store, cafe, pub with dining, heated pool, hot tube spa, Eucalyptus steam cave, fitness center and free Wi-Fi.

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Otter Bay Marina

Otter Bay Marina is located at 2311 McKinnon Road North Pender Island and monitors VHF 66A.  Moorage opens all year, full services May 15 to September 30th.   Washrooms, showers, laundry, 15 & 30 amp power, 50 amp power on “A” dock, launch ramp, gazebo, children’s play area, two heated pools, free Wi-Fi.  Scooters for rent.

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