Boating & Sailing
Sailboat (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is home to some of the finest recreational boating playgrounds in the world.
Explore serene coastal fjords, pristine marine parks and hundreds of islands, bays and coves – the opportunities are nearly limitless.
Local charter operations run modern fleets of power boats, and offer both bareboat charters and skippered charters, as well as cruise-and-learn boat trips. Yacht lovers can have an authentic nautical adventure on board a skippered one-day, multi-day or self-guided boat charter. Guided fishing or cruising trips are a perfect way to enjoy a day on the water.
Sailing and Boating Facilities
Many ports have resort marinas with a pub/restaurant, general store, fuel dock, laundromat and showers. It's recommended that boaters and yachters contact their chosen marina to confirm hours of operation and facilities. Public boat-launching facilities are also available at many freshwater lakes.
Most coastal communities in this region have public docks and moorage facilities that are open to all users. Visit the Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia for a comprehensive list of docks and amenities.
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Ever dreamed of sailing? Adventure West will take you to see amazing sights around Campbell River, Discovery Islands & Desolation Sound. We offer daily sailing tours. We also feature sightseeing, sail & dine tours, kayaking, paddleboarding & many other exciting adventures.
You don't need any experience sailing & you'll have the opportunity to learn basic to advanced sailing skills while enjoying delightful snacks & meals & breathtaking scenery.
Sailing can be for everyone & with Adventure West it's affordable & easy.
Visit our website for trip ideas & for more information.
First class boat rentals for water-skiing, wake-boarding, fishing, camping and sightseeing. Choices include 14', 18' Malibu Cuddy, 20' Four Winns Bowrider with Tower and 26' Campion Toba Cruiser. You drive or we drive. (Bare-Boat or Charters) Boats are available on or off trailers for pickup or delivery and can be launched and in the water, ready to go, at your favourite water destination. Let us know where you want to go.
Skis, wake-boards, tubes, fishing gear, and crab traps are also available. We serve Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, Island, Okanagan and most areas of BC.
7074 Westminster St
Powell River, British Columbia
Beach Gardens Resort & Marina with transient & permanent moorage. Fuel & shuttle service to the Mall (in season). Showers, laundromat & water. Deluxe waterfront accommodation overlooking the Marina. Cold Beer & Wine Store, fitness centre & indoor pool (complimentary to hotel guests), Seaside Restaurant & Pub (Savoury Bight - check website for seasonal hours) and onsite Dive Store with kayak, bike and dive rentals. FREE WiFi to Marina patrons. Nearby convenience store with local and city bus service.
1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
We offer both sailing as well as kayaking from Oak Bay, the "wild side of Victoria - only 15 minutes from downtown Victoria, this area is a boater's dream featuring wild islands, protected waters, anchorages & the most reliable winds to be found on Vancouver Island. It is also noted for its marine wildlife & snow-capped mountains.
Half-day, day & overnight sail & kayaking tours are offered. Your Skipper & paddling guides/naturalists are fully certified & have over 20 years cumulative experience in these waters.
Check out our 'learn to cruise" sail programs. Join us this spring in circumnavigating Vancouver Island by sail.
1519 Foreshore Walk
Vancouver, British Columbia
We are situated in British Columbia, Canada and specialize in bareboat sail and power boat charters. Alternatively, you can hire an instructor to help create unforgettable vacation memories aboard our late model charter yachts or do a customized 'Cruise & Learn' program giving you the skills to bareboat on your next charter. Our popular Yacht Lease program is a great alternative to owning a boat for a fraction of the cost of ownership. We can also organize a fishing charter with a professional guide and all equipment provided. Call us for more details!
1696 Duranleau St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Granville Island Boat Rentals, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, has one of the safest & most modern boat rental fleets in Vancouver. We have been servicing all of Vancouver's speed boat rental needs since 1982.
If it's zipping around the harbour you're after, or a peaceful, leisurely cruise, we have the boats for you & your friends. There is no better way to experience the magnificent waters of Vancouver.
Adventure awaits... look up and catch sight of a bald eagle or gaze down at a harbour seal. Boating in & around Vancouver is truly an unforgettable experience!
We specialize in ISPA (International Sail & Power Association) sailing instruction around Vancouver Island. Whether you are intending to set out on a world voyage or charter a bareboat, our goal is to get you sailing with confidence & increase your skills to reach each ISPA level of sailing certification. We explore Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast or the West Coast to increase your knowledge & understanding of sailing in tidal waters around Vancouver Island & have fun.
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Try sailing this summer on the Sunshine Coast! Take an evening cruise or explore the inlet on our scheduled weekend tours. Go fishing with the guys....or girls! Get married in a remote bay, take the family on a beach tour...
Sailing Tours and Charters from just $35 per person, or from $65/hr charter the boat for a private adventure 7 days a week.
Safe, fully insured and Transport Canada approved.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter & Transport Canada certified sailing charter vessel. Kayak rentals, instruction & guided day trips. Experience paddling with the seals, visit a historic pictograph site or a night paddle with bioluminescence illuminating every stroke. Cruise Desolation Sound or Mitlenatch Island on-board the 13 m (43 ft) schooner Misty Isles. Multi-day kayak mothership trips explore remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.