Yorke Island Johnstone Strait Anchorage
Located in the middle of Johnstone Strait, west of Hardwicke Island, Yorke Island is the site of several gun emplacements which were installed in 1937. These ruins from WWII were originally intended to block enemy backdoor approach to the Strait of Georgia and the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Well-maintained trails by BC Parks lead from the south cove on the island to various gun and battery sites. The main gun emplacement is at the highest point of the island with great views of the Strait and is visible from passing boats.
Yorke Island is a haunting place to visit and worth the stop in the right conditions. Maps of the island and more historical information can be found on Wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorke_Island_(Canada). Temporary anchorage can be found in 30 – 45 feet of water, east of the unnamed cove on the island’s south side. The cove is often covered with kelp and the bottom is rocky with poor holding. Wind and current are a consideration. Leaving the boat unattended is not recommended, best to leave someone aboard as anchor watch. Chartered rocks lie south of the cove.
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