Our team is out on the water and reporting as they go, providing cruisers with the most recent updates.
On-The-Water Cruising Updates for 2018
(This list will be ongoing and added as reports come in. The most recent update will be at the top of each location. You can also find updates by section in the updates tab.)
No Discharge in Puget Sound
As of May 10th, it is illegal to discharge black water anywhere in Puget Sound by State law. The No Discharge Zone extends for all of Washington area Puget Sound waters up to the Canadian border. Technically, the law has covered all areas inside of 3 miles offshore which included most of Puget Sound. There are a few gaps in Puget Sound that are 3 miles from shore but not many. This new law is a good reminder for no discharge. Compliance means using an approved sanitation device and having through-hull valves secured with wire ties or zip ties. Coast Guard inspections already look for secure thru hull valves to comply with the Federal No Discharge policy as part of their random safety inspections.
South & Central Puget Sound
- Salmon Bay Marina
The Port of Seattle now owns and operates Salmon Bay Marina. Fishermen’s Terminal staff manage the marina and respond to calls and email (206-787-3395).
Brand new fueling station at Swantown Marina.
- Lake Union
Update: A water runway is noted with lighted buoys in front of MOHAI on the south end of Lake Union. Lights will flash whenever a float plane is taking off or landing on the runway running towards the center of the lake.
As of the Memorial Day Weekend, there will be a new water runway marked with lighted buoys on Lake Union. The buoys will be strung in a line north of MOHAI and the Center for Wooden Boats. They are equipped with flashing lights that can be triggered by the Kenmore Air pilots signifying a float plane is about to take off or land in the water runway area. The water runway buoys will be seasonal and in place between Memorial Day and Labor Day when it is removed for the season.
San Juan Islands
- James Island Marine Park
Transient guest dock and pilings have been replaced and a new walkway and ramp have been added in 2018. The current that passes through remains the same.
- San Juan, Friday Harbor
Jensen Boat Yard and Marine has been purchased by the Port of Friday Harbor; same services offered: haulout (35-ton travel lift), maintenance, and permanent moorage with some transient space during summers (360-378-4343).
- Maple Bay
Birds Eye Cove Marina is currently for sale and has limited transient moorage. Fuel dock remains closed.
- Cowichan Bay
Pier66, previously called Dungeness Marina, now offers 200 feet of transient moorage (250-748-6789), reservations accepted.
Salt Spring Marina breakwater dock construction has not yet started. For a variety of reasons, the new breakwater and eventual dock construction have not started. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
- Silva Bay Marina
The Pub at the Silva Bay Marina is closed due to fire. This means the restaurant and deck, and the liquor store are also closed. Plans for reconstruction and re-opening are not clear at this time.
- Page’s Marina
Page’s Marina is remodeling their office to offer a small convenience store together with their well-regarded bookstore. Gloria and Ken Hatfield continue to improve and enhance this marina.
Vancouver Mainland & The Sunshine Coast
- False Creek
Foot Ferries no longer stop to pick up passengers from boats anchored in False Creek.
- Pender Harbour
LaVerne’s, between Hospital Bay and Garden Bay, will no longer be open. They lost their lease, and the building will be used for some other purpose. We will miss the milkshakes, burgers, and breakfast.
North Vancouver Island
- Port Renfrew
Pacific Gateway Marina, now owned by Mill Bay Group. New docks for 2018 and Bridgemans Grill is housed in a new lodge-style structure.
- Port McNeill
There is a new restaurant at the hotel across from the Ronan store called Archipelago. We are hearing good reports.
West Vancouver Island
The Ahousaht Stewardship Fund supports safety services, trail maintenance, and visitor information; you may be asked to pay a voluntary fee when anchoring, collected by the Ahous Guardian vessel, effective for 2018. Click here for more information.
The Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses now owns the East Bamfield Public Dock, The Market & Café, and “The Motel & Pub.” Moorage is paid at The Motel. Beginning in 2018, Kiixin Tours offers a trip to the First Nation village of Kiixin, a National Historic site with significant standing house remains; email Kiixintours@huuayaht.org
- Barkley Sound, (West Bamfield)
The Pacific Gateway Wilderness Lodge accepts 24-hour notice dinner reservations open to pleasure boaters; dinghy access (888-493-8933).
- Barkley Sound, (West Bamfield)
The Bamfield Mercantile & Marine has a dinghy dock to use while shopping for groceries and other supplies at their well-stocked store.
- Barkley Sound, Ucluelet
The 52 Steps Dock serves as a customs clearance for West Vancouver Island, also offers ample side-tie moorage, managed by the Ucluelet Small Craft Harbour (250-726-4241).
- Barkley Sound, Port Alberni
New fuel dock with gas and diesel and side-tie moorage when available; designated as Tyee Landing, managed by Port Alberni Port Authority (250-723-5312); fuel dock (250-730-3835). Docks accommodate sport fishing boats with a few spaces for cruising yachts; reservations accepted. Beautiful new pub and restaurant.
- Tofino Resort & Marina
New gas dock for 2018; docks accommodate sport fishing boats with a few spaces for cruising yachts. Reservations accepted. Beautiful new pub and restaurant.
The native village of Marktosis has installed a fuel dock (gas and diesel), access best suited for smaller vessels.
- Sooke Basin
Two floats at the east end of the boardwalk provide dinghy access for a lovely walk into town for supplies; located near the Harbour Authority Docks. Harbour Authority Docks have side-tie space for transient boats on the outside float.
- Bull Harbour
Boaters may now tie-up at the Tlatlasikwala First Nation dock in Bull Harbour for a fee, contact the Band on Ch 6 or 16; payment instructions will be provided. The second float in mid-harbor, detached from land, is also used for moorage. No charge to anchor in the Harbour. Leave the harbor entrance clear for floatplane landings and departures. All of Hope Island is private property so visitors are not permitted to go ashore.
Johnstone Strait & The Broughtons
- Potts Lagoon
Logging operations have been removed from the outer bay in Potts Lagoon.
- Village Island
In 2018, a new floating dock (160 feet) was installed in the north cove of Village Island; tie-up is by permission, call the band office at 250-287-2955. Access to the island is $20/person. Trails have been cleared and there are plans to move a manufactured home on shore for the Watchmen. Details regarding the Watchmen Program are being developed.
- Morgan’s Landing Retreat
The installation of new concrete docks with 600 feet of side-tie guest moorage has been completed for 2018 (family run business as in previous years).
- Dent Island Lodge
Underwent a massive renovation over the winter. The marina is now open again and the Lodge will be open for dinner and other services after July 1. We will have an update in July after we visit the NEW Dent Island Lodge.
- Cordero Lodge
Is not open even though there are old signs on the water declaring it is open. The previous owner died about 18 months ago and vandals damaged the docks and building. We were told a new owner has purchased the property with plans to arrive in July and begin work to open the docks and restaurant at some point. We will keep you advised.
- Blind Channel
50 amp power is now available on their docks. The new news is more personal but still fun. Eliot Richter and Agnieszka were married on May 5. The service took place on the water in the middle of Discovery Channel. The happy couple turned right around and completed getting Blind Channel Resort ready for their summer guests. Wish them well when you stop in.
When approaching the marina from the north on Mayne Channel, note the rig in the water for the planned water power generation system. It is lit and noted on current charts. For those traveling with outdated charts and old chart chips in their chart plotters, please be on the lookout for this obstruction in the water as you approach the marina. When completed, the water generator will provide about 1/3 of the power for the marina. This is part of an overall plan to lower the power generation requirements from diesel generators and will include solar cells.
Desolation Sound & Discovery Passage
Cell phone service appears to be expanded in this area. We are not sure this is all good news since many go to Desolation Sound to get away civilization, but we noticed a marked difference in voice and data service for both Verizon and AT&T users in Desolation Sound. We even had coverage in Prideaux Haven.
- Squirrel Cove
Squirrel Cove Trading Co. Ltd. has plans to extend their dock, work to begin in 2019; the Cove Restaurant is now licensed and open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., hours vary off-season. The Flying Squirrel Take-out is now housed inside the Cove Restaurant and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take-out can be enjoyed on the restaurant deck.
- Campbell River
In 2018, Discovery Harbour Marina is adding finger floats to “I” dock which were previously used as side-tie.
- Discovery Passage
Seascape Waterfront Resort has completed renovations on their cabins and docks. Transient moorage available for the 2018 season.
- Homfray Channel
Homfray Lodge offers transient moorage for both lodge guests and boaters not staying at the lodge. Book in advance by calling 604-566-8026. The new owner, George Bartel, has expanded lodge services to include meals, tours, and complimentary water taxi from Lund and Powell River.
Northern B.C. Coast
- Ocean Falls
The “Old Bank Inn” is new for 2018, housed in the original CIBC building (formally the Ocean Falls Fishing Lodge) is a Bed & Board Guest House (250-289-9624).
- Darke Waters
The old Darke Waters is now under new ownership as the Ocean Falls Lodge. They offer a coin laundry and meal service on a space available basis. For a home cooked meal call – 250-289-3585.
Is installing new docks on each end of the “T.” The new 200’ extensions will not have water or power. Reservations for the Marina are still highly recommended.
Note also the new food service and pub menu at Shearwater. Under Chef Roman, they will also be offering fine dining in the upstairs area. Call for reservations and more information.
- Prince Rupert
The 2018 season has been very busy; reservations at Cow Bay Marina highly recommended. The adjacent Prince Rupert Rowing & Yacht Club may have room, no reciprocal membership necessary. Note their new building is nearly completed.
- Pruth Bay
Hakai Institute is still offering up to 300MB of daily WiFi usage.
The dock is open but the uplands are closed. You cannot walk around the grounds or up to the lake. There is no caretaker this year. The owner of Butedale has brought in excavation equipment and clean up has started. Future plans for development and a timeline are not in place at this time.
- Prince Rupert
The Cow Bay Marina is getting very busy. It has been discovered! We recommend a reservation for dock space. They have not turned anyone away yet, but they have days where they are already full during the 2018 season.
When we visited in late May, the new building at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club was nearing completion with its bright red roof. It is gratifying to see the Prince Rupert waterfront developing.