C12 QUEEN CHAR­LOTTE CHAN­NEL

Suncruiser West Coast - - The Iconically Canadian Sunshine Coast -

A. Bowen Is­land is the home of the Union Steamship Ma­rina with year round fa­cil­i­ties for boats from 20 to 200 feet. Ma­rina pub, restau­rant and overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions. Bowen Is­land Ma­rina has year round moor­age, kayak rentals, or­ganic pies and an ice cream shop.

B. Sun­set Ma­rina - Am­ple park­ing with a launch ramp, full marine ser­vice, pay phone, haul out, fuel and vis­i­tor moor­age.

C. Horse­shoe Bay is the home of the Bay Moor­ing Restau­rant.

D. Fish­er­man’s Cove is the home of Van­cou­ver Out­board Cen­ter. This is where you want to come for your marine needs.

1. Sey­mour Bay – Good an­chor­age and shel­ter from north winds. A great scuba div­ing site.

2. Apo­daca Pro­vin­cial Park – Ad­ja­cent to the Bowen Is­land Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve.

3. Dor­man Bay – South of Snug Cove. Great an­chor­age and shel­ter from north winds. Some scuba div­ing in the bay.

4. Snug Cove – More than 240 m (800 ft) of tem­po­rary moor­ing at the govern­ment floats; 5 km speed limit in the bay. Watch for the B.C. Fer­ries that dock sev­eral times a day. Bowen Is­land Yacht Club holds its meet­ings at the Union Steamship Co. Ma­rina. Crip­pen Re­gional Park was es­tab­lished in 1983 with 240 hectares stretch­ing on both sides of the pub­lic wharf.

5. Man­nion Bay – Good tem­po­rary an­chor­age and shel­ter from north winds. Re­spect pri­vate prop­erty and floats. Kil­lar­ney Creek flows into the south cor­ner of the bay un­der a ce­ment bridge. Cap­tain Thomas Roys hunted whales in Howe Sound, Man­nion Bay was one of his home bases.

6. Bowen Is­land – Named after Rear Ad-

mi­ral James Bowen, mas­ter of the H.M.S. Queen Char­lotte, flag­ship of Ad­mi­ral Earl Howe. Stu­dents above grade 6 at­tend school in West Van­cou­ver by ferry. This 5200 ha (13,000 ac) is­land with 37 km (23 mi) of coast­line is home to 2,700 peo­ple.

7. Millers Land­ing – A nice bay to the north pro­vides great shel­ter and good an­chor­age.

8. Cates Bay – Named after Cap­tain John A. Cates. Some good an­chor­age but very lit­tle shel­ter from the Squamish winds. Marker in the bay marks a shoal.

9. Hood Point – Named after Ad­mi­ral Sir Alexan­der Hood, cap­tain of the flag­ship Royal Ge­orge which lost 20 men in the bat­tle of the “Glo­ri­ous First,” of June, 1794. Columbine Bay and Smug­glers Cove (to the west) pro­vides good an­chor­age. En­chanta Bay (to the east) also has good an­chor­age. Some peo­ple bot­tom fish on the north part of Bowen Is­land 150 feet off­shore.

10. Bowyer Is­land – Named after Ad­mi­ral Sir Ge­orge Bowyer who lost a leg in the bat­tle of the “Glo­ri­ous First,” of June, 1794. Pri­vate prop­er­ties and no moor­age on the is­land. There are 3 good scuba div­ing sites around the is­land.

11. Stra­chan Creek – Di­rectly across from Bowyer Is­land there are very nice homes. In this area you will see a unique way of stor­ing your sail­boat when the tide is out.

12. Horse­shoe Bay – Pay spe­cial at­ten­tion when en­ter­ing this area as you may con­front a B.C. Ferry. The ma­rina here will pro­vide you with fuel, boat rentals and me­chan­ics. The large govern­ment wharf is fairly busy dur­ing the sum­mer. Be care­ful when go­ing around Tyee Point Light on the east side of the en­trance.

13. Look­out Point Light – Pro­vides a great view­point to­wards Bowen, Bowyer and Anvil Is­lands. Pri­vate floats and prop­erty in Cop­per Cove and Cliff Cove to the east.

14. Whyte Cliff Point – Part of the Whyte Cliff 12 ha (30 ac) park which features a play­ground, beach, con­ces­sion, wash­rooms, pic­nic ta­bles and trails. No fish­ing or crab­bing as this is a marine pro­tected area. Dur­ing the sum­mer killer whales hunt seals and salmon in Queen Char­lotte Chan­nel. In Whyte Cove, there is good tem­po­rary an­chor­age. Scuba div­ing in the world fa­mous un­der­wa­ter marine sanc­tu­ary. At low tide you can walk to Whyte Islet and Batch­e­lor Cove just to the south.

15. Bird Is­land – Pass to the west side. South of Ket­tle Point is Law­son Bay Park which pro­vides good an­chor­age, a great beach and wash­rooms. Al­ways watch for swim­mers and scuba divers.

16. Fish­er­man’s Cove – En­ter on the north side of Ea­gle Is­land, north of the bea­con. Watch for dry­ing rocks. Inside Fish­er­man’s Cove you will find just about ev­ery­thing you would ever need, fuel, haulouts and full ship­wright ser­vice. This is the home of the West Van­cou­ver Yacht Club and the Thun­der­bird Yacht Club.

17. Ea­gle Is­land – Has ca­bles con­nect­ing it to the main­land on the east side. Avoid en­ter­ing Fish­er­man’s Cove from this area. Ea­gle Har­bour Yacht Club is be­hind a 60 m (200 ft) barge break­wa­ter in Ea­gle Har­bour where you will find a small park with sandy beaches and benches. Some an­chor­age avail­able.

18. Queen Char­lotte Chan­nel – Named after the H.M.S. Queen Char­lotte. The Queen Char­lotte was the ship of Ad­mi­ral Lord Howe at the bat­tle of the “Glo­ri­ous First,” of June, 1794. Watch for ferry traf­fic when en­ter­ing Howe Sound through Queen Char­lotte Chan­nel.

19. Pas­sage Is­land – Named by Cap­tain Van­cou­ver in June 1792 be­cause it pro­vided a cen­tre line for a di­rect sight pas­sage from Sand­heads at the north of the Fraser River to Anvil Is­land. Two good scuba div­ing sites to the south end. Good coho fish­ing to the south of the is­land 15 to 22.5 m (50 to 75 ft) off shore.

20. Grebe Islets – Pass to the west. Er­win Point is to the north of Grebe Islets. South is In­dian Bluff with a small park called Klootch­man Park.

21. Point Atkin­son – Named by Ge­orge Van­cou­ver in 1792. The first light­house on this site was in op­er­a­tion by 1875. The present tower was built in 1912 and manned 24 hours a day by two res­i­dent keep­ers. Be care­ful of the Howe Sound and Ber­rard In­let cur­rents as they meet here. Light­house Parks’ 40 ha (100 ac) are be­hind Point Atkin­son. The shore­line and for­est walk takes about 75 min­utes. No bi­cy­cles al­lowed on the trails, no fires, BBQ or hi­bachis. Some good scuba div­ing to the west side of the light. 22. Pi­lot Cove - Has a mon­u­ment and an­chor in mem­ory of Fran­cis Caulfield as well as a small wa­ter­front park. Good an­chor­age but watch for winds and cur­rents. Caulfield Cove has good an­chor­age and pro­tec­tion from winds, as well as a small govern­ment float, park benches and good scuba div­ing along the shore to­wards Pi­lot’s Cove.

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