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Gulf Islands

Stretching along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands are prime boating territory with marine parks, anchorages, and distinctive small towns. Private marinas run the spectrum from rustic to deluxe, many with excellent dining on-site or nearby. The Islands’ characteristic sandstone formation, sunny climate, and isolated proximity to civilization has attracted many venturesome individuals including pioneers, artists, and millionaires. You’ll be too late to join the original settlers for the Fraser River gold rush, but the Gulf Islands still shine bright for boaters.

Top Destinations

Gulf Islands & Nearby

Victoria • Sidney • Butchart Gardens • Chemainus • Wallace Island • Pirates Cove • Nanaimo

Saltspring Island

Ganges • Vesuvius • Fulford Harbour

North & South Pender Island

Bedwell Harbour • Port Browning • Otter Bay

Galiano Island

Sturdies Bay • Montague Harbour

Plan Out Your Trip

The Gulf Islands are fully covered in the latest Waggoner Cruising Guide. It provides all you need about marinas, anchorages, passages, and attractions. Plan your day’s route with the guide’s detailed planning maps. Get your copy of the Waggoner Cruising Guide book!

Plus, there’s more to help you plan a great cruise through the Gulf Islands. Read on…

Shoulder Season Cruising in 2021

Shoulder Season Cruising in 2021

If there was ever a time for cruising, this year’s shoulder season of September and October is it! For boaters whose schedules allow for cruising during the spring and fall, the rewards are many. This year should be especially desirable. Canada’s border opening in...

Lamb Barbeque – Saturna Island

Lamb Barbeque – Saturna Island

Every year the Island folk of Saturna invite boaters, and those wishing to ride the BC Ferries, to join them for a family-style Lamb Barbeque with 1200 of your best new friends, a tradition that has lasted over 70 years. July 1st, Canada Day, is the date to anchor...

Surprising Finds at Port Browning with Island Hospitality

Surprising Finds at Port Browning with Island Hospitality

Departing Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, we made our way across Haro Strait into Canadian waters and cleared customs in Sidney on Vancouver Island. After clearing customs, we headed for Port Browning on North Pender Island to check out the reported dock...

Victoria BC – Where do you get a fine meal in this Foodie Town?

Victoria BC – Where do you get a fine meal in this Foodie Town?

Coming into the harbour of this beautiful city is a joy and a special experience. There is nothing quite as impressive as Victoria from the water. The sight of the Empress Hotel brought cries of “let’s get off the boat tonight and go out for dinner.”...

Boat Harbour Marina, a Hidden Gem

Boat Harbour Marina, a Hidden Gem

After a couple of pleasant nights on the hook in Clam Bay, we made our way towards Dodd Narrows, stopping at Boat Harbour to investigate this unique marina, which now offers transient moorage for the general boating public. Boat Harbour Marina is a hidden...

Visit Mill Bay Marina

Visit Mill Bay Marina

We arrived at Mill Bay Marina and were completely taken by surprise. To borrow Steve Martin’s words, “Wow, all I can say is wow.” This is not the Mill Bay Marina we remembered from several years ago when there were just a few deteriorated wooden docks and...

Discovering Some Lesser-Known Stops on North Pender Island

Discovering Some Lesser-Known Stops on North Pender Island

Making the rounds around British Columbia on our boat. After departing Sidney, we spent the day making several stops, gathering updates and taking photos. First stop, Otter Bay Marina on North Pender Island, with its lovely grounds, swimming pools, and the...

Good News for Silva Bay Resort & Marina

Good News for Silva Bay Resort & Marina

There is good news for Silva Bay Resort & Marina. Continuing the rounds for Waggoner Guide research, we entered Active Pass. The winds were blowing at 35 knots, and the pass was active with BC ferries transiting both directions. Reminding ourselves of...

2018 Waggoner Guided Flotilla, Part 1: Anacortes to The Broughtons

2018 Waggoner Guided Flotilla, Part 1: Anacortes to The Broughtons

Our cruise the next day was critical as we would be leaving Port McNeill for Fury Cove, crossing the 40 miles of open water past Cape Caution. The weather forecasts were iffy, and we were planning a 4 a.m. departure. The 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide Flotilla to Southeast Alaska.

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