HARO STRAIT D15

Suncruiser West Coast - - The Eclectic -

Cor­dova Bay – Kilo­me­tres of beaches dot­ted with great places to stop and an­chor at the south end.

Cowichan Head – Iden­ti­fied by white cliffs which get smaller on ei­ther side of the head.

Is­land View Re­gional Park – Nice sandy beaches - boat launch.

Cor­dova Spit – Low sandy spit with a row of util­ity poles. Saanich­ton Bay – The pub­lic float is on the north­west cor­ner of the bay near Tur­goose Point. Fer­gu­son Cove, north of Tur­goose Point, is a dry­ing flat.

James Is­land – Named after James Dou­glas, Van­cou­ver Is­land’s first gov­er­nor. Beaches are pub­lic, at low tide you can walk around the en­tire is­land.

Sid­ney Spit, part of Gulf Is­land Na­tional Park Re­serve, is ac­ces­si­ble by a sea­sonal walk-on ferry and by boat and kayak. Shel­tered an­chor­age is avail­able on the west side of the spit. Camp­ing (26 sites), group camp­ing and pic­nick­ing are avail­able, as well as 21 moor­ing buoys and dock for moor­age. There are thou­sands of me­tres of beach for sun­bathing and beach walk­ing. Note: Drink­ing wa­ter is avail­able, but may have a high sodium con­tent and should not be con­sumed by per­sons with kid­ney or heart ail­ments.

Backed by tow­er­ing bluffs, its tidal flats and salt marshes teem with birds and marine life. Lo­cated on the edge of the Pa­cific fly­way, the is­land at­tracts large num­bers of shore­birds dur­ing the spring and fall mi­gra­tions. The in­ner la­goon, hook spit and the veg­e­tated cen­tre of the main spit are par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive ecosys­tems. To pro­tect them, land ac­cess is limited to a nar­row strip along the outer edge of the hook spit, and vis­i­tors should keep to the sand edges of the main spit. Boats (in­clud­ing kayaks) are pro­hib­ited from the la­goon.

Vis­i­tors camp­ing on the Is­land must be reg­is­tered at a des­ig­nated camp­site be­fore the last ferry leaves for the day.

A small bay here of­fers tem­po­rary an­chor­age but not much shel­ter from the north or east winds. Watch for rocks.

Hughes Pas­sage – Has dry­ing and sub­merged rocks on the south side and Sal­las Rocks has the largest.

10. D’arcy Shoals – Two rocky heads marked by a port hand light buoy on the east side of the shoals.

11. D’arcy Is­land, part of Gulf Is­land Na­tional Park Re­serve, has nu­mer­ous coves, cob­ble beaches and a for­est of ar­bu­tus and Dou­glas fir, D’arcy Is­land’s beauty be­lies its past his­tory as a leper colony for Chi­nese im­mi­grants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. First Na­tions have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with this small is­land, re­serv­ing it pri­mar­ily for re­li­gious prac­tices. To avoid dam­ag­ing sen­si­tive habi­tats or dis­turb­ing cul­tural features, please camp only in the des­ig­nated camp­sites. Marine ac­cess only - no potable wa­ter. Pic­nic ta­bles, 7 wilder­ness camp­sites and pit toi­lets.

12. Lit­tle D’arcy Is­land – Pri­vately owned but the beaches be­long to the pub­lic.

13. Kelp Reefs – Marked by a light. There are dry­ing and sev­eral more rocks be­tween here and D’arcy Is­land.

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