THORN­BROUGH CHAN­NEL C4

Suncruiser West Coast - - Vancouver Island Moorage -

1. Hop­kins Land­ing - Small pub­lic govern­ment float about a 800 m (.5 mi) south of the govern­ment wharf at Lang­dale.

2. Lang­dale – BC Ferry ter­mi­nal for Gib­sons and the Sun­shine Coast. An­chor­age north and south; be care­ful of dry­ing shores for 30 m (100 ft). The Sal­va­tion Army camp “Sun­rise” is lo­cated on the south side of the ter­mi­nal.

3. YMCA Camp El­phin­stonce – Large docks with a nicely land­scaped yard. No dock­ing or moor­age here.

4. Twin Creeks – There is an old ship wreck at the north end of the bay. This area and south to Wil­liamsons Land­ing is busy with log­ging op­er­a­tions.

5. Witherby Point – Pro­vides some shel­ter and an­chor­age in the south bay. Be care­ful of the log­ging op­er­a­tions along the north shore past Hill­side to Port Mel­lon.

6. Port Mel­lon – Named after Cap­tain Henry Au­gus­tus Mel­lon, who, in 1907, formed the B.C. Wood Pulp and Pa­per Com­pany; con­struc­tion com­pleted in 1909. Cap­tain Mel­lon and his wife were fore­run­ners of the Van­cou­ver Mu­seum and Mar­itime Mu­seum.

7. Thorn­brough Chan­nel – Named after Ad­mi­ral Sir Ed­ward Thorn­brough, cap­tain of the La­tona Frigate. Very lit­tle wind in this chan­nel.

8. Wool­ridge Is­land – Shore­lines on the west and south side are usu­ally oc­cu­pied with log booms. In the south bay you get a great view of Keats Is­land and shel­ter from most weather. The east side of­fers good an­chor­age with shel­ter. 9. La­tona Pas­sage – The east shore is a hold­ing area for log booms and stretches from the south­ern most point for 1.6 km (1 mi) north.

10. Andy’s Bay – Com­mer­cial log­ging spreads along the shores for 1.6 km (1 mi) north and south.

11. Mariners Rest – Ashes of de­ceased sea­men were con­signed to the sea here; may they rest in peace. You will no­tice an out­crop with a cross on it. Scuba div­ing be­tween the out­crop and shore.

12. Man­nion Creek – Named after Joseph Man­nion. At the north end of the bay you will find a ship­wreck.

13. Gambier Is­land – Named by Cap­tain Richards after Ad­mi­ral James Lord Gambier, Ad­mi­ral of the Fleet in 1860 and cap­tain of the H.M.S. De­fence. Gambier Is­land has no garbage fa­cil­i­ties, so take your lit­ter home. Visit the Gen­eral Store and try some of their great home­made pies at New Brighton. There are less than 100 per­ma­nent res­i­dents, and more than 1,000 in the sum­mer.

14. Thorn­brough Bay – Pro­vides some good an­chor­age; there is a govern­ment float with more than 150 m (500 ft) of moor­age. Some very nice walk­ing trails. Be care­ful when an­chor­ing in Burgess Cove to the south.

15. Avalon Bay – A very nice, nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful spot. Great an­chor­age and shel­ter.

16. Grace Is­lands – Pri­vate is­land with good tem­po­rary an­chor­age north be­tween the Is­lands, watch for dry­ing rocks. Do not ven­ture be­tween the two Grace Is­lands. Good scuba div­ing south of the is­lands.

17. Gambier Har­bour – A govern­ment float over 60 m (200 ft) long with a pri­vate wa­ter taxi ser­vice to Horse­shoe Bay, pay phone, some an­chor­age, and pri­vate floats. The prop­er­ties to the north and south are pri­vate.

18. A small govern­ment float for ac­cess to shore (just be­fore en­ter­ing West Bay).

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