GIB­SONS & KEATS IS­LAND C10

Suncruiser West Coast - - The Iconically Canadian Sunshine Coast -

1. Gower Point – Named after Cap­tain Sir Eras­mus Gower by Cap­tain Van­cou­ver in 1792. South 800 m (.5 mi) is Chaster Park with a mon­u­ment read­ing: “Near this spot, in June, 1792, Cap­tain Ge­orge Van­cou­ver R.N. camped and gave Gower Point its name.

2. Shoal Chan­nel – Named be­cause of the large shoal be­tween Keats Is­land and Gib­sons. Very good fish­ing for coho and springs in the chan­nel.

3. Steep Bluff – Oc­cu­pied by some very nice homes which have gor­geous views of Keats Is­land, Gambier Is­land and Gib­sons Har­bour. A small park on the south side of the point.

4. Gib­sons Har­bour – A 600 m (2,000 ft) govern­ment wharf with a three ton haul out. Gib­sons Yacht Club is lo­cated be­hind the break­wa­ter. No swim­ming or scuba div­ing in Gib­sons Har­bour. The tourist info cen­tre and the Mar­itime His­tory Mu­seum are lo­cated in Molly’s Lane, up from the govern­ment wharf. The mu­seum has hun­dreds of in­ter­est­ing items re­flect­ing the ex­cit­ing mar­itime her­itage of the Sun­shine Coast. 5. Gib­sons – Named after Royal Navy Lieu­tenant Ge­orge Gib­son in 1886, an English im­mi­grant. Gib­sons was the home of the fa­mous “Beach­combers” T.V. se­ries. All marine ser­vices are avail­able in Gib­sons with ev­ery­thing a tourist or shop­per would want; bou­tiques, sou­venir shops, cloth­ing stores, restau­rants, deli foods and more.

6. Gran­thams Land­ing – A small wharf with the sign “Wel­come to Gran­thams Land­ing,” is for pick-up and dropoff only. Pri­vate floats on both sides of the wharf.

7. Soames Point – Can marker U57, 300 m (1,000 ft) out from shore, is used to mark the shoal. Some good scuba div­ing in this area.

8. Keats Is­land – Named after Ad­mi­ral Sir Richard Good­win Keats, cap­tain of the 74 gun ship Su­perb.

9. Plumper Cove Marine Park – En­ter from Shoal Chan­nel be­tween Ob­ser­va­tory Point and north­ern Shel­ter Islet. The park pro­vides pub­lic float, an­chor­age, moor­ing buoys, overnight dock­ing, on­shore camp­ing, pic­nic area, walk­ing trails, pay phone and peb­ble beaches. It’s busy dur­ing the sum­mer. Watch for dry­ing rocks at the end of the govern­ment float.

10. Plumper Cove – Named after the H.M.S. Plumper, com­manded by Cap­tain Richards. The bay pro­vides lots of good an­chor­age and shel­ter. Five knot speed limit with no waves in the bay area please. Shel­ter Islets are pri­vate prop­erty; do not ven­ture be­tween the islets.

11. Home Is­land – There are dry­ing rocks be­tween Home Is­land and Keats Is­land so pass to the out­side. 12. Pre­ston Is­land – A pri­vate is­land with one res­i­dent on the south end. Do not ven­ture be­tween the out­crop and shore by Keats Is­land (to the north). There is a nice bay just east of this out­crop with good an­chor­age. Good scuba div­ing on south side of Pre­ston Is­land.

13. Barfleur Pas­sage - Named after the H.M.S. Barfleur (98 guns) which was cap­tained by Cap­tain Cuth­bert Colling­wood.

14. Her­mit Is­land – Lots of dry­ing rocks on the north­west side. Ex­treme care should be taken in this area. Two res­i­dents on the is­land.

15. Popham Is­land – Pri­vate prop­erty with one res­i­dent on the south part and one res­i­dent on Lit­tle Popham Is­land. Just north of the light and on the west side are some dry­ing rocks. You may travel be­tween the is­lands but be care­ful. Some good scuba div­ing off Popham Is­land.

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