C1 SQUAMISH HAR­BOUR

Suncruiser West Coast - - 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).

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