Locations - Sidney to Desolation Sound
A fantastic cruising ground in itself, the Sunshine Coast is often by-passed in the rush to get to Desolation Sound. Uninhabited islands, marine parks, coastal villages, hidden anchorages and spectacular fiords comprise this pristine cruising ground.
A trip to the Sunshine Coast is not complete without visiting super natural Princess Louisa Inlet. Hidden by a curtain of mountains and protected by the Malibu Rapids, this odyssey-like entrance is the gateway to the natural wonders of Princess Louisa Inlet.
Once you enter this Shangri-La, you can always use the excuse that the tide just never let you out again.
Sidney to Silva Bay
You will depart from Sidney and enjoy an approximate 6 hour cruise to Gabriola Island where you can anchorage at the very popular Silva Bay. Just north of the island you'll find anchorages at Newcastle Island and everything you might need in the nearby City of Nanaimo.
Silva Bay to Granville Island
Head across the Georgia Strait to Granville Island. Thought of as Vancouver's "Town Square, you will be inspired and enjoy this unique atmosphere in an exciting cultural experience of fine resturants, festivals, galleries and unique shops.
Granville Island to Secret Cove
A tiny entrance to the area disguises a series of small bays and coves offering perfectly protected anchorage in a number of inlets; however, most boaters prefer the inside of Turnagain Island. Secret Cove is a popular summer resort retreat, with the remote feeling of an island and all the convenience of a mainland coastal community.
Secret Cove to Lund
Prepare for a great adventure through Desolation sound by heading over to Lund and exploring what this enterprising community has to offer. Stay for dinner in the historic Lund Hotel or just sample one of the many pastries offered at Nancy’s Bakery. For more information visit Lund Harbour Authority Wharf: (604) 483-4711 VHF Channel 66A
Lund to Prideaux Haven
Hoist anchor and set sail to the pride of Desolation Sound, Prideaux Haven. This area is known as one of the most scenically outstanding anchorages anywhere. This well protected Harbour has enough arms and interconnecting coves and passageways to safely accommodate hundreds of boats. Entrance to Prideaux Haven is from Homfray Channel to the east of Eveleigh Island. Caution should be exercised when entering the area and the reef in the center of the channel should be kept to the port. From July to August, Prideaux Haven has the reputation of being one for the most crowded anchorages on the BC coast. The warm waters of this area make it a perfect spot for swimming and water skiing.
Prideaux Haven to Oyster Cove
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Pendrell Sound where you can experience some of the warmest waters north of Panama. Scenic anchorages await at Oyster Cove and the head of the inlet. Pendrell Sound is renowned for its Oysters and Hieroglyphics.
Oyster Cove to Refuge Cove
A reprovisioning opportunity awaits you at Refuge Cove, a unique coastal co-op with a small store, liquor outlet and some mouth-watering homemade cinnamon buns. Stay here for the night or carry on to the anchorage in Roscoe Bay (check the tides as it shallows out in the entrance). The warm waters of Black Lake await you only a 5 minute walk from the anchorage.
Rest Day or Bad Weather Day
Sailing is dependent upon the elements, particularly the wind, and, while being essential, the wind can often bring challenges. It is a good idea to allocate a day during your cruise for bad weather or just to stay moored at a favourite spot.
Refuge Cove to Teakerne Arm
Teakerne Arm is a beautiful 128-hectare area off Lewis Channel on the west side of West Redonda Island in Desolation Sound, BC. The park features forested uplands and the amazing 30-metre high Cassel Falls. Follow the hiking trails to Cassel Lake, perfect for a picnic and a swim in one of the best swimming spots in Desolation Sound, BC. Most charter boats anchor in the bay immediately to the west of the falls, with plenty of anchor rode out in the deep bay and a stern line fastened ashore. Teakerne Arm Provincial Marine Park has a dinghy landing dock and is a perfect area to include in your sailboat charter vacation.
Teakerne Arm to Von Dunop Inlet
Enjoy an easy day en-route to Von Dunop Inlet Marine Park. n the Discovery Islands, with its long, narrow sheltered inlet, is a popular anchorage for charter yachts. Located on the northwestern tip of Cortes Island, the inlet can be entered from northern Sutil Channel. Once secured you can explore the lagoon with your dinghy or follow the trail to Squirrel Cove.
Von Dunop Inlet to Lasqueti Island
Head through the "Bull Passage" to the largely undeveloped, Lasqueti Island which lies southwest of Texada Island, a short distance across the Strait. Aboriginal artifacts have been found on the island, and middens (ancient mounds of discarded shellfish shells) can still be found near many of the island's beaches.
Lasqueti Island to Poets Cove
Easing back into civilization to Poets Cove in Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island where you will enjoy unparalleled peace, tranquillity and elegance in the midst of incredible natural beauty.
Poets Cove to Sidney
Sail through Satellite channel some of the most beautiful homes on the West Coast. Skirt around Coal Island and back into our base where you can explore Sidney and spend your final night aboard your yacht in preparation for departure the next morning.
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Many yachtsmen regard the Desolation Sound area as not only the most beautiful and varied cruising area in BC, but equal to, if not better than any other area in the world. In the variety of spectacular scenery, warm summer climate, abundance of shelter and anchorages, Desolation Sound is a microcosm of all that is best about salt water cruising in British Columbia.
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Beach Gardens Marina
accommodates transient and permanent moorage. Fuel is available in season (gas, diesel, oil). There is a liquor store (cold beer available), directly at the marina. Fresh water, ice, coin laundry, showers, washrooms, and telephone are available. The marina also offers a shuttle service to the Town Centre Mall during July and August.
LUND Lund Harbour Authority Wharf: (604) 483-4711 VHF Channel 66A
Lund is home to many shops and services including a general store, a restaurant overlooking the water, kayak and adventure tourism stores, and Nancy's Bakery, a favourite of locals as well as tourists.
Dazzling sunlight, glorious sunsets, and moonlit nights on sandy beaches all combine to bring the glamour of the tropics to Savary Island, a paradise island in British Columbia's Strait of Georgia. A public wharf and moorage floats are located in Keefer Bay. There is a water taxi to and from Lund (604) 483-9749
Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound, tranquil and friendly Cortes Island is one of the most impressive of the Discovery Islands, with its placid lakes, beaches, and rugged gorges. There are three settlements on Cortes Island:
has a small public float alongside the ferry dock. There is also Gorge Harbour Marina which has all amenities for charter yachts including 15 and 30 amp power connections, water, newly renovated bathrooms with coin-operated showers and laundry facilities. In addition, four guest rooms are available for those with crew changes or needing additional sleeping space. The well-stocked General Store provides ample extras for those sailing trips to Desolation Sound and beyond. Look at the cliffside to port for the petroglyphs as you enter the narrow channel into this extremely protected harbour. Call VHF 66A for slip assignment.
has a good sailboat anchorage to the north of the 177’ long public dock however the entire area is exposed to the south. From here you can access Mansons Landing Marine Park and Hague Lake which is a wonderfully warm lake with great swimming.
The Government dock is 200’ long with 15 amp power and can be used by charter yachts. There is access to telephone and garbage disposal. (250)935-0180 You can purchase supplies at the Squirrel Cove General Store.
Heriot Bay has a Government Dock which will accommodate charter yachts. Sailors can monitor VHF Channel 66A for docking information. Heriot Bay Inn & Marina is situated in sheltered Heriot Bay, the sailboat and powerboat marina offers: diesel, marine fuel & propane sales, ice, showers and laundry facilities, wireless high speed internet, charts, maps & fishing charters.
Taku Resort (250) 285-3031
South of Heriot Bay in Drew Harbour - When using sailboat moorage facilities, guests can also access all the resort’s fantastic amenities including Internet access, tennis court, showers and laundry facilities. They can even restock provisions at the market, only a five-minute stroll away. VHF Channel 66A for slip assignment
Okeover Inlet, south of Penrose Bay, has a public float. The day use area is situated on a traditional Sliammon First Nations archaeological site. There are interpretive signs explaining the significant aspects of the site.
The peaceful and undeveloped Toba Inlet provides almost total isolation for sailboat charters who want to enjoy a cruising experience that ranks among the best in the world. Sailors seeking the tranquility and scenic wonders of Toba Inlet may have difficulty anchoring in the deep waters of the fjord. Protected anchorages are difficult to find, with the west side of Brem Bay considered to be the best anchorage in Toba Inlet. Charter boats generally anchor in deep water and run one or two stern lines ashore. Sailboats tucked into small coves can attach lines to objects on both sides of the shore to secure their vessel for overnight stays. Sailors can sometimes secure permission to tie up to a logging barge near the Tahumming River.
Toba Wildernest Marina (250) 202-0478 (leave message) Channel 66a
has a quiet, friendly dock in a well protected, picturesque bay with 350 feet of moorage. The size of the marina ensures that even when full it has an intimate feel. There is access to fresh water, a small store that carries ice, ice cream,fishing tackle and a few convenience items and shower facilities that have been called "The best shower in the world" by some boating guests.
Refuge Cove is a unique coastal co-op with a small store, liquor outlet and some mouth-watering homemade cinnamon buns.
is a long and narrow sheltered bay located on Gifford Peninsula in Malaspina Inlet. The inner part of Grace Harbour is completely protected from all winds and seas whish is perfect for anchoring your charter boat. There are a series of hiking trails at the end of the bay. Follow the trail at the northern end of the harbour to a small, peaceful, freshwater lake created by beavers. Galley Bay and Isabel Bay provide anchorage for cruising boats.
is situated in Lancelot Inlet and only limited anchorage for a few charter boats can be found here. A small cove at the lower end of the bay, along with two tiny nooks for one or two boats can be found behind Madge Island at its northern end. Clams and oysters abound. It may be necessary to tie a stern line to shore.
Wootton Bay has several temporary anchorages with most of them being near the head of the bay. These spots provide good protection from the night time westerly winds but are somewhat exposed to any wind from the south or southeast.
Theodosia Inlet is almost like a lagoon as the shallow entrance channel inhibits the entrance of salt water but also permits freshwater outflow from the Theodosia River. The current runs quite quickly through the narrow twisting channel which opens up inside Theodosia Inlet. The Inlet at the entrance of Theodosia is often used as a picnic area and there are flat areas suitable for camping. A shallow bay on the East side of the inlet can be used for beaching a canoe or kayak. Other good anchorage spots can also be found throughout Theodosia Inlet. Outside the Inlet, anchorage is possible near Grail Point behind Susan Inlet. An old orchard is a landmark.
is private property, however it provides one of the most popular anchorages in Desolation Sound. The outer anchorage is fairly deep, but a shallower more protected anchorage is possible behind a small islet near the head of the cove. Depths are 10-20 feet.
offers good anchorage in the western most nook, or behind the island in the eastern part of the bay. Caution must be exercised in the central part of the bay, because there are two dangerously drying rocks. The one near the centre dries three feet and the one farther in dries 12 feet. It's also exposed to north easterly winds. A stern line to shore is recommended.
is known as the "Deep Bay" and caution must be exercised in setting anchor here as depths can reach over 300 feet in the central bay. There are however many small coves and crannies shallow enough for small charter yachts to find anchorage. The largest, most protected anchorage area is in the extreme northern end of the bay. Despite its partial exposure to westerly winds, the eastern most cove in Tenedos Bay is usually the busiest. Here you can anchor and walk a trail which leads up to Unwin Lake. The lake is only five minutes by trail from the sea and halfway along the trail it is possible to cut through the woods to a stream where gentle rapids and deep pools provide an ideal secluded place to swim. When a westerly wind arises, it whistles through this area. Unmarked rocks extend from this island in several places.
Ha'thayim (Von Dunop)
Marine Provincial Park in the Discovery Islands, with its long, narrow sheltered inlet, is a popular anchorage for charter yachts. Located on the northwestern tip of Cortes Island, the inlet can be entered from northern Sutil Channel.
Otter Island is only large enough for a few boats and is an almost totally secluded anchorage for charter boats. The passage separating Otter Island from the mainland, although extremely narrow, is deep enough for most small craft to safely navigate. Sky Pilot Rock, one of the most dangerous hazards in the area, is located north of Otter Island. It waits menacingly out in mid-channel, unmarked, and only a few feet under water at high tide. Favour the Otter Island Shore.
is known as one of the most scenically outstanding anchorages anywhere. This well protected harbour has enough arms and interconnecting coves and passageways to safely accommodate hundreds of charter boats. Entrance to Prideaux Haven is from Homfray Channel to the east of Eveleigh Island. Caution should be exercised when entering the area and the reef in the center of the channel should be kept to the port. From July to August, Prideaux Haven has the reputation of being one for the most crowded anchorages on the BC coast. The warm waters of this area make it a perfect spot for swimming and water skiing.
Provincial Marine Park is a beautiful 128-hectare area off Lewis Channel on the west side of West Redonda Island in Desolation Sound, BC. The park features features forested uplands and the amazing 30-metre high Cassel Falls. Follow the hiking trails to Cassel Lake, perfect for a picnic and a swim in one of the best swimming spots in Desolation Sound, BC. Most charter boats anchor in the bay immediately to the west of the falls, with plenty of anchor rode out in the deep bay and a stern line fastened ashore. Teakerne Arm Provincial Marine Park has a dinghy landing dock and is a perfect area to include in your sailboat charter vacation.
is a small 85-hectare sheltered anchorage at Walsh Cove Provincial Marine Park, a favourite among Desolation Sound charter boats, is located on the east side of West Redonda Island, off Waddington Channel. After anchoring in the secure and compact little cove, sailors can take their dinghy and explore the undeveloped shoreline, hike the trails and look for ancient native pictographs on the rock cliffs at Doctor Bay.