D1 NANOOSE HAR­BOUR

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A. Cana­dian Forces Mar­itime Ex­per­i­men­tal & Test Ranges - Camp­ing and pic­nick­ing are pro­hib­ited on the north shore.

North­west Bay has boom­ing grounds in the west bay and is ex­posed to NW winds. You will find a ma­rina at the head of the bay. Mis­taken Is­land is 800 m (.5 mi) north of the en­trance, it is heav­ily wooded; a small islet lies at the north end.

Nut­tal Bay has good tem­po­rary an­chor­age and will pro­vide shel­ter from south winds, but it is ex­posed to north and west winds. Cot­tam Point is at the NW start of the bay.

Cot­tam Reef ex­tends 1.6 km (1 mi) north of Dor­cas Point; a buoy 1.6 km (1 mi) NNW marks Dor­cas Rock.

Yeo Is­lands - Its neigh­bour­ing is­lands to the west con­sist of Dou­glas, Ger­ald and Amelia is­lands which are sur­rounded by sev­eral reefs and shoals. They were named in 1791 be­cause whales were of­ten seen in this area. Lo­cal knowl­edge would come in handy when nav­i­gat­ing around these is­lands. Bal­lenas Chan­nel, NNE of the is­lands, is used a lot by com­mer­cial ves­sels.

Whiskey Golf con­sti­tutes a De­fence Es­tab­lish­ment as de­fined in the Na­tional De­fence Act to which the De­fence Con­trolled Ac­cess Area Reg­u­la­tions ap­ply. The range is ap­prox­i­mately 8 km (5 mi) by 22 km (14 mi) long. Ves­sels which do not com­ply with di­rec­tions from ei­ther the Win­chalsea Con­trol or Range Ves­sels may be charged with tres­pass­ing. Use cau­tion when tran­sit­ing this area.

Schooner Cove has a large rock break­wa­ter with a light at the north end and it pro­vides a ma­rina, restau­rant and is the home of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club. Nankiv­ell Point at the north point of Schooner Cove is wooded. Pass Dol­phin Beach to Dor­cas Point. Straight north of Schooner is Schooner Reef which has a light and an un­known islet just past a day bea­con. Winchelsea Is­lands are nice and grassy, but it is a Cana­dian Forces base that is used to track tor­pe­does. Tres­pass­ing is pro­hib­ited. The build­ings on the north is­land make up the Winchelsea Is­land Con­trol for the Whiskey Golf, 250-756-5080 or VHF 10 or 16. Grey Rock and Rud­der Rock are 400 m (.25 m) SE and marked with buoys. Ada Is­lands are seven in num­ber and are just SW.

Maude Is­land has a light on the east side; the wa­ter around the is­land is very shal­low. Blun­den Point to the south has dry­ing reefs and sand banks west to the break­wa­ter in Nanoose Har­bour. Edgell Banks are east 800 m (.5 mi), un­der 10 m (30 ft) of wa­ter.

Wal­lis Point has a bay NW of the point that will pro­vide shel­ter from south and west winds, but will leave you open to the north. Watch for the many islets, rocks and shoal at the en­trance. Southey and Ruth Is­lands (north) are sur­rounded by dry­ing reefs, do not pass be­tween these is­lands and shore. Nonooa Rock, to the SW, has a star­board hand buoy and is 2m (6 ft) below the sur­face with dry­ing reefs north to the shore. Richard Point is 800 m (.5 mi) west from here.

10. Nanoose Har­bour was named after the Nanooa In­dian tribe. Marine farms are lo­cated along the shores and the head of the har­bour is shal­low and swampy. The or­ange and white buoys in the har­bour be­long to the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence. Ranch Point is the site of a Cana­dian Armed Forces Base.

11. Iperieuse Rock is 2m (6 ft) below the sur­face and is marked with a port hand buoy. “En­trance Rocks” is a group of dry­ing rocks just south on the mud flat. To the west is a large rock filled break­wa­ter; a lit­tle farther west is Da­tum Rock which has a port hand buoy just to the west of it.

Icarus Point was named after the Bri­tish sloop, the “Icarus.”it is hard to find as the wa­ter east and west for 3.2 km (2 mi) is shal­low with mud banks.

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