C1 SQUAMISH HARBOUR
1. 1 Five Coves - Anchorage, with shelter from north and south winds in the bays. Enjoy the beautiful scenery.
2. 2 A unique area with small bays and an ongoing water flow from the mountain streams above. Woodfibre lies north and Five Coves lies to the south. Enjoy the scenery but be wary as the winds can blow up fast.
3. 3 Woodfibre - Named in 1920 by mill owner Sir George Bury. Be careful in this area as there is a lot of commercial traffic. There are no services available unless it is an emergency. The waters tend to be rougher here because of the winds that come from behind Woodfibre and from Squamish.
4. 4 Squamish River - The estuary is one of the prime viewing areas for bald eagles and trumpeter swans from November through February. Bald eagles gather near salmon spawning channels. Their life span is up to 30 years in the wild and 40+ in captivity. One out of ten eagles survive to the age of four years. Approximately 70% of North America’s bald eagles are found in B.C. and Alaska.
5. 5 Squamish - Logging operations as you enter Squamish. “Squamish Days Loggers Sport,” the biggest show in North America, lasts four days in August. The average annual rainfall is 2453mm with a winter temperature of 5.4°C and a summer temperature of 22.4°C. The Stawamus Chief Mountain, standing at 652m, is the second largest granite monolith in the world, and offers some of the best rock climbing. Squamish - Mother of the Wind - A haven for windsurfers and kiteboarders.
6. 6 The Squamish Yacht Club is in the Mamquan Blind Channel with its club house behind the government wharf. Their moorage area is north of the government wharf. The 300 m (1,000 ft) government float has temporary moorage with a public boat launch to the left. No fuel is available at Squamish by water.
7. 7 Squamish Harbour - This harbour can be calm at times giving you shelter from south winds, but always be alert for the winds and commercial traffic.
8. 8 Darrell Bay - A private ferry dock for the Western Pulp Squamish Operation transports ferry workers back and forth to the mill at Woodfibre.
9. 9 Log dump area - The bow of a Nahat B3 is out of the water at the shoreline. On the highway 800 m (.5 mi) is a monument in the memory of Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of two wars in 1835 and 1839.
10. 10 Tatts Point - Mixture of Squamish, south and west winds coming from behind the valley behind Woodfibre. Watch for drying rocks at the point.
11. Britannia Beach - Named by Captain Richards in the 1860’s. The town was named after the H.M.S. Britannia and was the home of the Britannia copper mines for many years. Now it is the home of the B.C. Museum of Mining which provides underground train rides for tourists. From 1930 to 1935 Britannia Mines were the largest copper producers in the British Commonwealth. First prospected by Dr. A.A. Forbes in 1888, the ore bodies of the Britannia Range were staked by trapper Oliver Rurry in 1897. The breakwater incorporated two derelict ships. One is yet unidentified, the other was the wooden twin-screw steamer Bellena, 176.8 feet long by 30 feet wide by 11 feet deep, (UASBC). Do not venture on the docks to the south.
12. Minaty Bay is a nice area with some good anchorage for 1.6 km (1 mi).