Gulf Islands and Strait of Georgia
Salt Spring Marina in Ganges has completed the renovation and installation of all new docks, now open for guest moorage. The main spine float has been extended, breakwater added, and moorage space increased. The marina’s 30 and 50 amp shore power is the first ELCI-protected in British Columbia. The dock diagram, shown here, indicates Salt Spring Marina’s labeling on their new docks. Online reservation bookings are available on their website.
The extended spine and breakwater covers a portion of Money Makers Rock (reef). Boaters should be aware of Zachary Rock, which is not covered by marina docks and is part of the reef that extends southward. Use caution when approaching and passing between Salt Spring Marina and Ganges Marina.
MONTAGUE HARBOUR MARINA
COMMUNITY MESSAGE: RESPONSE TO COVID-19
We want to take this opportunity and reach out to the community to share with you our plans with respect to the current COVID-19 crisis. Many of you may have been waiting/wondering what our plans for the upcoming season are. Please know we have been working on various contingency plans for weeks now as this situation has been unfolding. And while our decision has been clear for some time now, we needed time to speak with the other business owners who operate at the Marina.
We are currently taking the following steps to ensure we do everything we can to “flatten the curve” and get through this unprecedented health crisis.
Currently, the Marina is closed. The Marina will not be opening in May as it usually does. The Marina will remain closed for May and June. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the days and weeks ahead with respect to what we will do for July and August.
So, the Marina is closed. What does this mean?
• The General Store/Ice Cream/Coffee Shop WILL REMAIN CLOSED.
• The Crane and Robin Restaurant WILL REMAIN CLOSED.
• Galiano Moped and Boat Rentals WILL REMAIN CLOSED.
• Gulf Island Kayaking WILL REMAIN CLOSED.
• The Marina washroom facilities WILL REMAIN CLOSED.
• There will be NO TRANSIENT MOORAGE AVAILABLE for any boaters. Transient moorage
refers to the overnight/tourist boaters.
• There will be NO DINGHY DOCK SPACE AVAILABLE for boats on anchor in the harbour to
access Marina facilities.
• Annual moorage clients will still have access to the docks and their boats.
• The fuel dock is considered an essential service so will not be completely closed. For the remainder
of March and April we will continue to offer marine fuel sales on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm.
In the weeks ahead we will decide what type of fuel service will be available for May and June. We
have implemented new procedures and protocols for the fuel dock to ensure that it can be operated
in a safe and hygienic manner. In addition, fuel customers will be required to stay with their boat
on the fuel dock while filling up. There will be no access to the land or any Marina facilities from
the fuel dock.
Our main priority right now is the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. We will get through this. If there are any business operators/tourism stakeholders/community members or anyone that would like to discuss anything with respect to our new situation, please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Montague Harbour Marina
Page’s Marina now has a small convenience store with easy to cook items, local cheeses, and gourmet “Woodfired” food items called “Lil Market.” Local items include pizza’s from the Woodfired restaurant on the other side of the island. The pizzas are specially designed to stay crisp when warmed up in the microwave. They even developed special flavors for the store. The store continues to carry a great selection of books and gift items.
Make Cheese with Paula — The cheeses in the Lil Market are made by Paula Maddison. Besides being a cheesemaker from, of course, Wisconsin, Paula teaches classes in making cheese. To learn more, see makecheesewithpaula.ca. When Paula is not making cheese, you may meet her on Page’s docks assisting with slip assignments.
Maple Bay Marina
Maple Bay Marina completed repairs of storm damaged areas of the marina early in the 2019 season.
The Canadian Customs dock in Bedwell Harbour has been rebuilt and is now in the shape of a large U. There is now more space to tie-up around this U with substantial steel pilings. The far end of the U, with black tires below the bull rails, is the seaplane dock.
All of the waters and foreshore of Nanoose Harbour west of Wallis Pt. are a military Controlled Access Zone administered by the Department of National Defence. The harbour is open to the public within the limitations of the Controlled Access Zone regulations. All vessels entering the harbour are required to register their arrival, intended duration of stay, and departure from the harbour by contacting the Queen’s Harbour Master at (250) 213-3325 or (250) 363-7584. Contact Winchelsea Control when south of Maude Island on VHF 10 or 16 before entering the harbour. Pleasure craft anchoring is only permitted south of a line west of Datum Rock and in the vicinity of Fleet Point. The docks and mooring buoys along the north shore are for Royal Canadian Navy and U.S. Navy vessels engaged in activity on the Winchelsea (Whiskey Golf) torpedo range and pleasure craft mooring and access is prohibited
49th Parallel Market at 3055 Oak Street makes deliveries for a small fee to the docks; call 250-246-3551.
Fuel Service at Jones Marine Services is closed due to a fire in early 2018; plans to permit and rebuild are in the works, anticipated to be completed for the 2020 boating season.
Silva Bay Marina
Silva Bay Marina, a fire in 2018 destroyed the Pub. The marina is in full operation and Food Trucks are on the premises during the summer months. The latest plans include a substantial re-development of the uplands to include a new restaurant and other resort amenities over the next several years.
2020 Waggoner Cruising Guide includes an improved Victoria Harbour map that better shows boat and seaplane traffic patterns.
Fuel is no longer available on the dock at Lyall Harbour Public Wharf. Gasoline and diesel are available upland and can be taken by 15-gallon jerry cans to the dock; pay for fuel at the Saturna Cycle rental shop or at the Lighthouse Pub. The Saturna Point Store has closed and is no longer in business; the nearest grocery is located about 2.5 km on Saturna Island. The double decker-bus up the road, which housed the Wild Thyme café, is no longer in business.
The Lighthouse Pub, with fabulous views, serves lunch and dinner. The campground just up the road offers picnic tables and two new “glamping tents” that overlook the harbor in a beautiful treed setting. Boaters may use the shower at the camp ground, check in at Saturna Cycle shop.
Hope Bay Public Wharf
The café “Gather” has replaced Philly’s Diner at Hope Bay. Gather is open for lunch Thursday through Monday, serving home-made organic dishes and baked goods. Live music as scheduled.
Transient moorage is limited to approximately 45 feet located on the outside, southeast end of the dock; other spaces are permanent moorage only. Two public day-use mooring buoys are located near the wharf.
Online ticket sales are available starting June 1 st for the 2020 Annual Hornby Festival, which runs from
July 30th through August 8th . Professional, internationally recognized musicians and song
writers as well as the art show draw big crowds at the two venues on Hornby Island – The Community
Hall and The Farm. The Farm is within easy walking distance for boaters staying at the Ford Cove
Harbour Authority docks. Advance tickets are a must for this popular event. A membership fee of $5 is
required to purchase tickets; these funds help support The Hornby Festival, a non-profit organization. In
addition to the music performances, children can attend song and story hours. Young aspiring musicians
can apply to the Hornby Festival School of Emerging Musicians. For a schedule of events, go to hornbyfestival.com; or to purchase tickets, go to hornbyfestival.tickit.ca
Pier 66, previously called Dungeness Marina, now offers 200 feet of transient moorage (250-748-6789), reservations accepted. Genoa Bay & Cowichan Bay – the Water Shuttle (Greylag Boat Tours/Genoa Shuttle) between Genoa and Cowichan is no longer operating.
New owners at Classic Marine supply store in Cowichan Bay have installed additional buoys (for a total of 8) for guest moorage; contact them on VHF 66A or phone 250-746-1093 for buoy assignment. The buoys are numbered and marked with “Classic Marine.” Buoy No. 1 is for boats up to 55 feet; other guest buoys are for boats up to 40 feet.
Hilary’s Cheese shop in Cowichan has closed. The ever popular True Grain Bakery has expanded their store space and continues to create tasty baked goods.
Saturday Farmers’ Market now held at Howling Wolf Farm at the corner of Marina Dr. and Pilkey Point Rd.
The Domaine Jasmin Winery on Thetis Island is closed and no longer in operation.
Thetis Island Resort & Marina
Improvements have taken place at the marina, including a new patio area, a refurbished deck for the pub, and newly painted/stained finishes on the outside of the main building. New owner, Wayne Proctor, is planning for future improvements.
Port Browning Marina
The main dock at Port Browning Marina has been replaced along with two finger piers. A new end-tie (hammerhead) with 150 feet of moorage space on each side has recently been added, with 50 amp power. Other slips have 30 amp power; 15 amp is no longer available. A 300-foot concrete wave-attenuator has been added at the entrance to the marina, immediately west of red buoy U52, which marks shoaling and rocks; favor the wave-attenuator side of the channel when entering.
The Bridgeman’s Bistro is now open on Saturdays and Sundays with the same menu offered at the adjacent Port Browning Pub. On other days of the week, the Bridgeman’s venue serves as The Kraken Theatre, showing classic movies as scheduled; see thekrakentheatre.com for the latest showings.
Boat Harbour Marina
Boat Harbour Marina has all new docks, which replaced and expanded an older permanent only moorage marina. Located 7 nautical miles south of Dodd Narrows on Vancouver Island, the marina now offers transient moorage for boats up to 100 feet. Call for reservations 48 hours in advance; a minimum stay of 2 nights during weekends.
Dodd Narrows Securité– When Not to Announce
During the prime cruising season, twice a day around slack water at Dodd Narrows, Channel 16 is filled with Securité announcements from traffic passing through the Narrows. Many of these announcements are transmitted with the boat’s VHF radio on 25-watt “High Power” instead of the proper 1-watt “Low Power” setting.
For many years, the Waggoner Cruising Guide included a note suggesting that boaters might announce their movement in Dodd Narrows with a Securité call (on low power). While we still recommend using VHF 16 and Securité announcements for safety purposes, the 2020 Waggoner Cruising Guide’s revised write-up for Dodd Narrows passage suggests that boaters limit their announcements to vessels that only pose a safety concern for others. Take a moment to read the following copy of the 2020 Waggoner Cruising Guide’s revised Dodd Narrows information.
Dodd Narrows. Currents in Dodd Narrows run to 9 knots as water swirls through the narrow deep passage between cliffs. The narrows are best taken at slack water. For the hour or so before the predicted turn, boats collect at each end waiting for the right time. These boats include commercial craft, even tugboats with log tows or large barges, so the period around slack water can get pretty interesting. Generally, the boats on the upstream side go first, catching the last of the dying fair current. When they are through, boats on the other end go through, picking up the beginnings of the new (for them) fair current. It all works well as long as no one gets impatient. Vessels will be transiting in both directions during and around slack periods. Check for traffic by viewing AIS targets on both sides of the narrows and listen on VHF 16 for Securité calls from traffic that might pose a safety concern for other vessels. Tugboats with log tows and large commercial vessels will typically announce their intentions on VHF 16. In recent years, VHF 16 has been flooded with Securité calls from boats that may not need to announce themselves, so if your boat does not pose a safety concern for others, there is no need to make a Securité call. If you do make a call, be sure to use 1-watt low power. Don’t be in a hurry, and don’t try to pass a slower boat. Dodd Narrows is short. Travel single-file and leave room between your boat and the boat ahead and share the channel with opposing direction traffic.