Boats in the Princess Bay anchorage, Portland Island
Boats in the Princess Bay anchorage, Portland Island

Arriving by boat is always a delight; whether you cross the Strait of Georgia and enter via Gabriola Island, Active Pass, or Porlier Pass or come north from Seattle and the San Juans Islands in Washington. As soon as you enter our sheltered waters, the weight of the world lifts off your shoulders. You’re in Nirvana, with good fishing waters, sheltered anchorages, numerous marine parks, public docks and marinas close at hand with all amenities. The Gulf Islands National Park has protected many of these islands from small islets accessible only by kayak or small boat to large acreages like Portland Island.

Protected anchorages are almost always available although either local knowledge or a good guide book can be indispensable.. A boater never has to go far to find the perfect spot to spend the night. Many of the Gulf Islands National Park anchorages have dinghy docks to make going ashore easier.

We also have beautiful scenery. Where else will you find white shell beaches, green waters, pristine forests, weird and wonderful sandstone formations and conglomerations, distant snow capped mountains, oak meadows and twisted arbutus fringed headlands? The Caribbean may be nice but the Gulf Islands have their own charm.

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