Best Boating Destinations From Vancouver

There is nothing quite like a remote beach, accessible only by boat, to create a sense of peace and tranquility. 

There are several islands and coves to explore around Vancouver Island if you're on a boating vacation in the Pacific Northwest. There are a handful of destinations that should be on everyone's list of locations to visit when boating. 

Our favourite sites on Vancouver Island that can only be reached by boat are listed below.

From Vancouver

  • Desolation Sound: Boaters love Desolation Sound Marine Park. It's the biggest Marine Park in B.C. and the only significant park on Canada's Pacific continental coast. Most safe anchorages are surrounded by low shorelines, high cliffs, islands, or mountains. Warm waters make Desolation Sound Marine Park a great area to swim, scuba dive, fish, and camp.

  • Sunshine Coast: The Sunshine Coast stretches from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound northwest of Vancouver. It is famed for its temperate climate and wooded mountains, and home to eclectic, artistic seaside communities. Paddling, mountain biking, hiking, boating, and diving are among the most popular activities, as well as a day at a gallery, a farmers market, or a private beach.

  • Howe Sound: Howe Sound is the world's most southerly fjord, in case you didn't know. There are no other fjords on Earth lower than the Howe Sound's latitude, making it a very unique location. The largest islands in Howe Sound are Bowen Island and Gambier Island, which are situated between the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast.

  • Georgia Straight: The Canada-US boundary runs south of the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and mainland BC. It runs from Vancouver Island's southern point to where its waters narrow towards the mainland. This northern region is full with little islands and swift tides. Johnstone Strait then reaches Queen Charlotte Strait and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Gulf Islands: Despite their shared West Coast location and climate, the Gulf Islands each have their own unique personality, history, and facilities, which may be discovered with only a few trips. Whatever you're looking for, after seeing the Gulf Islands for yourself, you will no longer question why they're such an important part of our world.