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Boating Canada’s Western Seas

In this issue:

  • Look who’s going fishing!
  • Recommended for 2018: Inner Harbour Boat Show
  • Exploration and Discovery at Maritime Museum of BC
  • Broughtons attract visitors
  • Discovering our coastal wonders in style

Look who’s going fishing!


We appreciate all our newsletter subscribers and supporters so much, we had a draw to award one of them an amazing two-day deep-water charter fishing getaway, courtesy of the Mill Bay Marine Group. By the luck of the draw, Joanne Day will enjoy two days of deep-water fishing aboard the Charlie Cat Sport Fishing Vessel (guided by Mill Bay owner Andrew Purdey) out of Pacific Gateway Marina in Port San Juan near Port Renfrew. The package (valued at more than $2500) includes two nights’ accommodation at Handsome Dan’s Cottages, all meals provided byBridgeman’s Waterfront Bistro, a one-hour helicopter tour of the West Coast, and moorage (if Joanne and her guest choose to arrive by boat). Congratulations! Enjoy!

Recommended for 2018: Inner Harbour Boat Show

We met hundreds of boaters, would-be boaters and ocean holiday seekers at our booth in the Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show. If you have never been, we recommend a visit. It is a smaller show; leisurely and intimate, with delightful Victoria harbour and the period architecture of the Victoria waterfront as a frame. Over 100 boats are there for viewing, so you can get a good idea of what boat is best for you. See you next year.

Exploration and Discovery at Maritime Museum of BC

Since its opening in 1955, the Maritime Museum of BC has become an integral and rich link to the province’s legal and nautical roots. While its former location in one of the province’s historic buildings undergoes renovation and repair, the museum’s exhibits, public research space and gift shop are located in a storefront at 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria. Although the majority of its collections (35,000 artifacts, including three significant sailboats; more than 40,000 historical photographs; and an internationally recognized chart collection) are stored off-site and accessible through its research request program, this summer’s exhibits promise a rewarding experience for the visitor.

With the recent finding of the HMS Erebuswreck by Parks Canada, there has been a renewed interest in maritime exploration and tales of discovery and this theme informs all the displays, including the interative Franklin Exploration; a look at the journals and expeditions of Captains James Cook and George Vancouver; and an exhibition of the work of maritime artist John Horton.

For information on the Museum, tours, special events, publications and more please click here to visit their website

Broughtons attract visitors

The Broughton Archipelago is the most visited region on the AhoyBC website. So, we have added information on where to find marine services, cultural attractions, food and drink and water activities. The list of best anchorages is sure to tempt you. There are few services in the outer Broughtons.Sullivan Bay Marina and Pierre’s Echo Bay Lodge and Marina offer a range of amenities. Most boaters stock up at Port Hardy or Port McNeill and explore the Broughtons for several days and return to resupply. It’s pretty wild up here, but civilization is not that far away.

luxury yacht charters

Discovering our coastal wonders in style

Take your vacation to the next level with a customized tour of BC’s secluded fjords, bays, and islets. Luxury yacht charters are the ultimate – and sometimes the only – way for visitors to access BC’s stunning coastal wonders. Tours are geared to the specific interests of the groups, families, couples or singles in search of an outside-of-the-box adventure. Check out our page and find out how you can design your fantastic voyage with Infinity Yacht Charters. is your source for the information you need to chart your course to a BC ocean holiday.  You will find information on all the coast’s regions from the Gulf Islands to Great Bear Rainforest.  Use our inter-active map to find marinas and the services you need.  Don’t have a boat?  No worries.  Visit No Boat? or search marine resorts for what you are looking for on our interactive map. You will find plenty of information on seaside resorts, boat and kayak rentals and other water activities. Whether you travel by land or sea, is your first planning tool.

Discovery Islands Welcomes Boaters

Explore British Columbia’s Discovery Island By Alison Gardner At the north end of the Salish Sea, the seascape between British Columbia’s mainland and the east coast of Vancouver Island narrows dramatically, filled to capacity with a cluster of 10 Discovery Islands. All but two are cloaked in evergreen forests almost to their shores while offering… Read more »

Marine Parks Make Boat-camping Easy

Posted by BCParks on June 7 2016 British Columbia’s Marine Parks Make Boat-Camping Easy Blog post by: Michael McLaughlin from AHOY BC The first time I heard the expression “marine park” I pictured some shallow water area with lots of starfish. A marine park was a chunk of water, right? Fancifully, I imagined under-water interpretive signs, that… Read more »

The Coastal Explorers Hidden Gem:
Smuggler Cove Provincial Marine Park  

Smuggler Cove Provincial Marine Park is a quaint little harbour with trails along rocky ledges that look out at the stunning views of the Georgia Strait. The Marine Park is situated between Halfmoon Bay and Pender Harbour offering visitors a chance to hideaway for a night or even a week, depending on how flexible your… Read more »

AHOY boaters

As President of the BC Ocean Boating Tourism Association, I am pleased that you have visited our website launched on April 15, 2015. We would like to hear from boaters and non-boaters about your experience on BC’s coast. We would also like your comments on the helpfulness of our website. We hope to see conversations… Read more »