Cruising in B.C. Canada

At the end of this beautiful summer we are cruising in the B.C. area, East coast of Vancouver Island. The first two months of our journey where special, as in not moving around. So after arriving at the Victoria Customs Dock, we docked in Maple Bay Marina and took a 12 days break to the NL. There after we moved to Van Isle Marina where we spend 5 weeks at the dock of the Philbrooks Boatyard.

And now we are cruising for 6 weeks in B.C. until our visa expires at the end of September 2023. An overview of our route and some impressions. In general we had lovely warm weather, with little wind and less rain. The temperatures at night are slowly dropping to 10C. Winter is coming.

  • Jacobs ladder at Nanaimo
  • View on Nanaimo
  • Anchored at Newcastle, Mark Bay
  • Heavy equipement on it's way too an island
  • Lighttower at Entrance Island
  • All alone in an inlet on Prevost Island
  • Bus to Humingbird Restaurant, Galiano Island
  • Montaque Harbor marine park
  • Anchorge at Montaque Harbor
  • Winter Cove at Saturna Island
  • Church Cove, Saturna
  • Kelp
  • Clean your panels or your capacity decreases
  • Port Browing North Pender
  • Otter Bay Harbor North Pender
  • Stern Tie 25 mtr from shore, Royal Cove Portland Island

Royal Cove

It’s on the North, more isolated, side of Portland Island. Uninhabited and completely a National Park. I went for a hike. Pretty easy an a sunny day. But It would be partly intermediate on a wet day. I discovered the Parks Canada App, useful.

  • Royal Cove at Portland Island B.C.
  • Stern Tie 25 mtr from shore, Royal Cove Portland Island

Butchart Gardens

Lovely garden and with a dedicated mooring in Butchart Cove. Tod’s Inlet is around the corner and a popular anchor place with a soft muddy bottom. The inlet was crowded and I could not use enough chain so our anchor keeps dragging. We see a lot of people arriving late, grep a private mooring and leave early in the morning. In Angler’s Anchorage Marina their is Blue’s Bayou Cafe, nice for drinks and a meal. Park your dinghy at the public dinghy dock, left off the marina.

  • Back enterance of Butchart Garden
  • Angler's Anchorage Marina at Brentwood Bay
  • Mooring in Butchart Cove
  • Blue's Bayou Cafe

Van Isle Marina

We had a very lay back time at Van Isle, did one chore a day at most, biked multiple times to Sidney town for a little bit of shopping, groceries, a fair, the Vancouver distillery etc. In the weekend multiple visits, by public bus, to Victoria. And off course a lot of visits to All Bay Marine, Vector Yacht Services Ltd (Yanmar dealer) and Canada Tire and Co-op McDonald Park Road Gas Centre for propane/lpg. And a lot of afternoon tea, early drinks, diners and other leisure activities.

  • New J-mount for StarLink
  • New bracket for Outboard. Much easier to handle now
  • Vigs, Blue Cheese and Rosé. Life is hard during the summer in Sidney B.C.
  • Sound dempers for our fresh water pump
  • Very Oelala
  • Heating up the Starboard engine prior to an oil change
  • Heating up the Port engine prior to an oil change
  • 250 hrs maintenance, all filters and oil
  • Cleaning inlets and free the speed paddle after 6 weeks of doing nothing.

7 thoughts on “Cruising in B.C. Canada”

  1. Laid back life … zo te zien. Na alle ontberingen op de Beringzee wel verdiend. Leuk te lezen wat je zoal doet op een dag. Keep posting. J&C

  2. It was wonderful meeting both of you during your stay at Philbrooks yard and we enjoyed your company very much. With some luck we’ll cross paths again.

    Kirk and Leslie Sceviour
    Nordhavn 46 – Capers

  3. Wat een leuk verslag en mooie foto’s. Leuk te lezen wat jullie doen en waar jullie uithangen. Hoe prachtig is dit!

  4. So amazing to see you out enjoying beautiful BC. The Gulf Islands are magnificent. Wish we could be out on the water with you… but back to work in one week 🙁
    Hope to join up with you again next summer.

  5. Geweldige mooie kant van Canada, rondom Vancouver! Ik was daar met ons gezin in 2004. De natuur is daar overweldigend mooi, maar ook city life is goed toeven daar! Ik wens jullie een mooie vervolgreis toe, veel succes met het alleen zeilen op jullie mooie huis-boot! liefs, Marlene

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