Gulf Islands 2017 Updates
- Silva Bay (August 1 ,2017)
We have several errors on the Silva Bay diagram on page 226. Here is a new marina diagram for Silva Bay. Please print this and place it in your Waggoner Guide. This diagram corrects the errors on the dock configuration for Page’s Resort & Marina. Our apologies for this mistake. And, Page’s Resort & Marina has purchased Silva Bay Inn, which is not called Page’s Inn on Silva Bay.
- Mill Bay Marina
The marina now sports wide, roomy slips with large concrete docks and steel pilings. It offers 700 feet of transient moorage and can accommodate boats up to 200 feet. A state of the art ‘floating wave break’ provides year-round protection. Line-handlers in uniform greet you upon arrival, and you can purchase drinks and ice cream bars right at the docks. During the summer months, kayak rentals and even drop-in yoga sessions are also available on the docks.
At the head of the substantial ramp is the beautiful Bridgemans Pub & Bistro serving lunch and dinner with a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Meals are well prepared with beautiful presentations. The architecture is warm and inviting with wood ceilings and a wall of glass for the expansive views of the bay and Mt. Baker in the distance.
The uplands at Mill Bay have changed significantly too. The shoreline now hosts new condominiums, lovely new homes, and the impressive buildings of the Brentwood College School, a college prep boarding school. Boaters will find the Mill Bay Plaza within easy walking distance from the marina for convenient grocery shopping and other needs.
Mill Bay is a pleasant stop for boaters exploring Saanich Inlet and is within easy reach of Sidney and Butchart Gardens. While Mill Bay has changed its look and appeal over the last five years, boaters are still discovering the new Mill Bay, now classy and upscale.
- Cowichan Bay Fishermen’s Wharf Association (July 17, 2017)
For the 2017 season, Cowichan Bay Fishermen’s Wharf Association and Bluenose Marina are the two transient moorage options in Cowichan Bay. Dungeness Marina has reportedly been sold and no longer offers transient moorage. Contact Fishermen’s Wharf on VHF 66A for moorage. Bluenose Marina has 100 feet of transient moorage, boaters should call ahead (250) 748-6789 to make reservations.
- Cowichan Bay – Pier 66 and Pier 67 Marina Fuel Dock (July 17, 2017)
The fuel dock at Pier 66 and Pier 67 in Cowichan Bay is now operated by Ocean Ecoventures. The fuel dock, with mid-grade gasoline and diesel, is in the same location with hours that vary seasonally. Call ahead for fuel. Ocean Ecoventures (250) 748-3800 or (866) 748-5333.
Read more about Cowichan Bay here.
- Maple Bay Marina (July 14, 2017)
Maple Bay Marina recently replaced their fuel storage tanks and fuel lines and added high flow diesel pumps. At the present time, Maple Bay Marina is the only marina offering fuel in the Maple Bay and Birds Eye Cove area.
- Birds Eye Cove Marina (July 14, 2017)
The fuel dock at Birds Eye Cove Marina is currently closed for renovation. Birds Eye Cove Marina property is for sale. Check back at WaggonerGuide.com for future updates.
- Nanaimo (July 10, 2017)
2017 Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Race begins on Friday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 23. For a full schedule of festivities and events see the official Bathtub website.
- Comox Valley Harbour Authority (July 7, 2017)
When you walk up to the docks you will notice a new silver pavilion area and splash park for kids. The pavilion will be a hit for flotillas with indoor and outdoor meeting areas. The food truck is now located here. The splash park was just being finished when we visited. It should be a big hit with kids and grandchildren this summer.
- Café at Hope Bay
The popular Hope Bay Café that closed in 2016 has re-opened as Philly’s Diner and carries on the tradition of tasty, well-prepared dishes. The décor is also similar, showcasing local art; and you can’t beat the window-side views overlooking Navy Channel. Philly’s Diner is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. See Waggoner Cruising Guide for dock and buoy moorage information.
- New Bar and Patio at Port Browning Marina
Port Browning Marina recently completed transforming a former café area into a delightful modern-style bar area complete with roll-up doors to an adjoining glass-enclosed patio area overlooking the marina. The new bar will be open for this 2017 cruising season, ready for thirsty traveling boaters.
- Montague Public Wharf Monitored
New for 2017 is video monitoring at the Montague Public Wharf and a pleasant greeting from the on-site wharfinger. Boats and dinghies can tie-up at the Public Wharf for a two-hour complimentary stay, after which a fee must be paid at the self-registration payment box at the head of the ramp. These changes should help keep space available for both boats and dinghies. The public dock is a popular place to leave the dinghy while taking the bus to the Hummingbird Pub located inland.