MAPLE BAY D6

Suncruiser West Coast - - Nanaimo -

Paddy Mile Stone – Protrudes into Maple Bay with a large boul­der at the end of the point. An­chor east of the point to­wards Oc­to­pus Point which is marked with a light.

Bird’s Eye Cove – Some an­chor­age. The light at the en­trance means do not ex­ceed 8 kms/hour. The Maple Bay Yacht Club is be­hind a float­ing con­crete break­wa­ter on the west shore. Lights are on each end of the break­wa­ter.

Maple Bay – A pub­lic wharf at the north­west end pro­vides wa­ter and launch ramp. Ex­po­sure to the south­east. There is a beach, swim­ming area and a pub nearby. North of Ar­bu­tus Point are hy­dro lines which cross San­sum Nar­rows. A fish farm is about 1.6 km (1 mi) north.

Grave Point – Marked with a green light. A few trees on a rocky out­crop­ping.

Os­born Bay – Hon­ours Sher­ard Os­born, a Bri­tish sailor and au­thor who served aboard sev­eral of His Majesty’s well known ships be­fore re­tir­ing. Os­born Bay Re­gional Park is on Sher­ard Point. The bay is busy with de­bris, old pil­ings and tug boats from the mill and boom­ing grounds. Light marks the north­east cor­ner of the bay. Stay at least 800 m (.5 mi) to the south and east. Crofton – Pro­vides reg­u­lar ferry ser­vice to Ve­su­vius Bay on Salt Spring Is­land. Crofton, with ap­prox­i­mately 2500 res­i­dents, of­fers ho­tels, restau­rants, gro­cery stores and more. Named after Henry Croft, a ma­jor player in devel­op­ment of the mines that fu­eled Crofton’s es­tab­lish­ment. There is a pub­lic wharf and boat launch on the north side of the BC ferry dock.

Che­mai­nus Es­tu­ary – Only for row­boats, dinghies, and kayaks that will be able to nav­i­gate the chan­nels of the es­tu­ary. Wait for a flood tide to ex­plore. In­dian Reef is marked by a green light. West of the tow­ers dries at low tide.

Stu­art Chan­nel – Tidal cur­rents are fairly weak and straight for­ward. They ebb to the south and flood to the north. Pay at­ten­tion to North Reef.

Par­miter Point – Sev­eral tiny coves to the north pro­vide some an­chor­age.

Dock Point – Dry­ing ridge and rocks ex­tend about 150 m (500 ft) north­west. The bay on the north side pro­vides shel­ter from east and south winds.

Ve­su­vius Bay – Named after the H.M. pad­dle sloop Ve­su­vius, a 976 ton ves­sel with six guns. The ferry dock con­nects Salt spring Is­land to Crofton. The bay af­fords some shel­tered an­chor­age with a pub­lic wharf.

12. Booth Bay – Shal­low an­chor­age ex­posed to ev­ery­thing but east winds. A good view of Stu­art Chan­nel and sun­sets. South is Ar­bu­tus Beach with sand and gravel beaches. Ersk­ine Point is south of Ar­bu­tus Beach.

13. Mount Maxwell – A 65 hectare eco­log­i­cal pre­serve, es­tab­lished in 1972, which con­tains the largest pro­tected stand of Gary Oak in BC.

Bur­goyne Bay – A rusted ves­sel on the north side and a boom­ing ground and pub­lic wharf to the east. A sandy beach on the south side. The bay of­fers some good an­chor­age. Ex­po­sure to west winds.

Bold Bluff Point – Ex­poses a rock just off the north side of the point. A pri­vate float in the bay to the south. This is the nar­row­est part of San­sum Nar­rows so watch for whirlpools and tide rips. Good fish­ing off this point.

Salt Spring Is­land – 120 km (77 mi) of shore­line. The res­i­dents pre­fer to call it Salt Spring, although the first In­dian set­tlers called it “Klatheem.” Other names for it in­clude Ad­mi­ral Is­land and Chuan. In 1895 the pop­u­la­tion was 455 and to­day, it is more than 7,000.

Fern­wood Point – A pub­lic wharf with room for two or three boats and a boat launch. A gen­eral store is a short walk away.

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