Vancouver Island Sailing Destinations

Desolation Sound
Desolation Sound is a peaceful area with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains ascending from the sea. The mornings are often mirror calm with a breeze in the afternoon. This makes for a nice relaxed start followed by a sail in protected waters. This area is quite busy during July and August but in June and September the crowds are gone and the water gets warm enough to actually enjoy your swim. There are not many shops or restaurants, people are coming here to relax and enjoy the views mixed in with a relaxed sail.

Gulf Islands
The Gulf Islands are stretched along the inside of Vancouver Island. You will  experience a well developed cruising area with all the amenities. The area is close to Vancouver and relatively dry during the summer so it’s no surprise that it is very busy! This area's popularity is what has allowed the restaurants, pubs, marinas and galleries to become well established for those that enjoy shopping and eating out. The Gulf Islands and anchorages are scenic with lots of sandstone formations topped with Arbutus and Garry Oak trees.

Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is serviced by roads and ferries through Vancouver and the Comox Valley. There are towns and small settlements scattered along its length with a good number of isolated anchorages as well. Princess Louisa Inlet is probably the most well known of the neat areas to explore with Chatterbox falls at its head.

Jedediah and Lasqueti Islands
Jedediah and Lasqueti are fairly isolated out in the middle of the Strait of Georgia between Texada and Vancouver Island. They are not geared for tourists but visitors are welcome. Jedediah is the main attraction with its meadows that are grazed by “wild” sheep and goats. It is said these animals were originally introduced by the original explorers hundreds of years ago to provide a ready food source on their return. More recently Jedediah was homesteaded and eventually purchased by BC Parks. These two islands are very pretty and have a multitude of small anchorages where one can get access to the islands trails.

Discovery Islands
The Discovery Islands lie between Desolation Sound and Quadra Island. This is an area known for its tidal rapids which have earned a healthy respect from all mariners. This is a very pretty group of islands with quiet anchorages and convoluted passages that must be traversed with tide book in hand. While not many people visit this area because of the challenging navigation, it's well worth the trip.

West Coast
The West Coast is a wild and rugged place totally exposed to the open Pacific Ocean. This is an area for the experienced sailor. During the day you will experience challenging wind and waves conditions from across the ocean. Then at night, hole up in a protected bay to contemplate whether your character is fully developed yet (challenges are said to be character building!!). This is a coast of exposed beaches, long rocky headlands and anchorages that are usually empty. There are no shops and one must be fully prepared to be tested and rewarded by nature on a daily basis.

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