Cruising Destinations

In the summer months, both boats cruise the beautiful the coastal destinations of the Salish Sea (Georgia Strait). Here are several favourite destinations that frequently appear in the log books.

Cabbage Island Marine Park

Cabbage Island Marine Provincial Park, with an almost tropical atmosphere, is a short sail across the Strait. Offers several mooring buoys and anchorage in reef harbour.

Echo Bay, Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, . Photographed on the Summer Solstice at sunset by Gregg M. Erickson.

Sucia Island State Park

Sucia Island Marine State Park consists of 11 islands with six bays that offer a range of anchoring possibilities. Sucia is visible southwest of White Rock and is easily reached after clearing customs and crossing the border.

Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, BC

Montague Harbour can comfortably accommodate more boats than any other anchorage in the Gulf Islands. Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park was inhabited long before Europeans arrived here, and its northwest-facing white shell tombolo beach is a magical place to watch summer sunsets. A marina provides food, fuel and some supplies, but the real entertainment is provided by the free shuttle bus to a local pub. Montague is a jumping-off point to head north into Trincomali Channel, or south to Active Pass on the return to White Rock.

Wallace Island

Wallace Island Provincial Marine Park has two anchorages. Conover Cove is tiny with a dock and room for several boats to anchor using stern ties. Just north of Conover and tucked behind a reef is Princess Cove. This is a long, narrow anchorage that affords stern-tying using eyebolts that are secured in the rock face of the peninsula protecting the cove. Again, sunsets here are breathtaking as the cove opens to the northwest. Wallace Island is crisscrossed with paths that provide access to almost all points around the island.

Otter Bay Marina, Pender Island, BC

Otter Bay Marina offers something special to boaters. “Adult Happy Hour” around the pool. Guests are entertained with piano melodies for several hours in the late afternoon at this welcoming hideaway just off the busy ferry-lanes. A free shuttle bus takes guests to Pender Island’s “Driftwood Shopping Center” where a grocery store, liquor store, drug store, bakery and deli make the trip worthwhile. “The Stand” at the Otter Bay Ferry Terminal (just around the corner from the marina) is a converted Winnebago that now serves up some of the best take-out food around. The “Hummer Burger” will test the capacity of any teen appetite – hands down. Find a review at Evalu8.org.

Princess Bay

Princess Bay anchorage is located within the Princess Margaret Marine Park on Portland Island. It exists as a veritable secluded paradise; there are no shops or establishments on the island.