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Located in Lions Bay Marina

60 Lions Bay Avenue
Lions Bay, BC V0N 2E1

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Saturday: 9am - 2pm

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These are just a few for you to consider for your Summer Boating pleasure.

Porteau Cove, is Located in Howe Sound, 15km south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky corridor. The first underwater park in BC was established here in 1981 and the artificial reefs in its northern-most bay are a great place to do some local diving. The cove, though not large, offers one of the most sheltered anchorages in northern Howe Sound. It’s a great place for a picnic, swimming and enjoying the marine life in the tidal waters.   A few mooring buoys are available, as are some amenities (changing room, showers, etc).

Halkett Bay, This bay is located on the southeast corner of Gambier Island and offers good anchorage in the summer. It is the closest marine park in Howe Sound. Facilities include one mooring buoy, a dinghy float, pit toilets and information booth.  

Plumper Cove, Located on Keats Island, this is one of BC’s oldest marine parks. It is a popular summer destination for boaters and features a wharf, floats, mooring buoys, anchorage, pit toilets, fire rings and drinking water. It is also close to the town of Gibsons where you can gas up, go for a beer shop the main street for collectibles, books, ice cream or clothes, or hang out in the park.

Buccaneer Bay, is located in the Thormanby Islands offshore from Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast. Access to the park is by boat only from Thormanby Channel, located on North Thormanby Island. This park offers easy access, warm water for swimming, tide pools and is great place for a day trip on its’ fabulous beach. There is good day anchorage at Gill Bay, or drop your hook overnight near Water Bay. Pit toilets are the only facility.

Jedediah Island, is located between Lasqueti Island and Texada Island in the Sabine Channel of Georgia Strait. This was a homestead until 1992 and the old buildings and orchards still remain as well as the herds of goat and sheep that are now feral. Hike among its’ old growth trees, kayak its’ lovely coves and enjoy the beaches. It’s a lovely island/marine park to visit with safe anchorages.

Princess Louisa Inlet, the only entrance to the marine park is through the Strait of Georgia by way of Jervis Inlet, 90 km north of Skookumchuck Narrows. It is located inside Malibu Rapids, with Chatterbox Falls as your destination. Facilities include campsites, a picnic shelter, toilets and a ranger cabin. Boating facilities provided include mooring buoys, stern pins, a boat dock and a dinghy dock. This is a stunning inlet with breath-taking views and experiences of the shear magnificence of the coast of BC. Well worth the effort. Best for well salted sailors!

Montague Harbour, is located on Galiano Island in the southern Gulf Islands of BC, and was the first marine park in BC. This is a busy little harbour with much coming and going. There are mooring buoys, lots of anchorage and a dock for small boats and dinghies. Facilities include an information shelter, toilets and picnic sites. There are full services at Sturdies Bay and a nearby marina has a small store and coffee bar with basic supplies.

Sidney Spit, is located on Sidney Island, off the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island, accessible by boat only and is a busy anchorage. The spit is made up of sand and gravel and is nearly one mile long and it has a salt water lagoon. You’ll find great swimming, birding, kayaking, hiking and beachcombing. There are mooring buoys available as well as a dock and a mooring float for dinghies.

Princess Margaret Marine Park, is located on Portland Island, east of Satellite Channel and north of Sidney on Vancouver Island. There are three different anchorages available here; Royal Cove on the north side of the island, and Princess Bay and Pellow Islets to the south. Enjoy hiking, swimming, diving, kayaking, birding and fishing here. Facilities include toilets and fresh water.

Pirates Cove, located on De Courcy Island in the Gulf Islands, southeast of Nanaimo and through Dodd Narrows. Entering cove must be done with care as there are two reefs that are submerged during high tide. This is a very popular marine park in the summer as there is good anchorage, including mooring rings and a dinghy dock. Facilities are sparse and in the camp ground; there’s a cold water hand pump (you must boil & filter before using) and composing toilets.

Newcastle Island, is located in Nanaimo Harbour and is accessible by boat only. This park has a bit of everything, beaches, hiking, historical buildings and lots to explore. Boaters can moor at the park floats or anchor in Mark Bay, next door. Facilities include toilets, showers, water, picnic areas and boat docking facilities.

Many wonderful family adventures are to be had visiting these parks on our beautiful coast. We hope you get a chance to visit some of these places and discover a few more too. Enjoy your summer.

Give us a call today for more information at 604-921-7124. We’d be happy to talk with you

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