Gulf Islands Itinerary

Expert Coaching From the Team that wrote the Book on this Area

we are pleased to present a selection of Anne & Laurence’s ‘PERSONAL PICKS’ from DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDE vol. 1 – gulf islands & vancouver island

If you find this information useful you can purchase the guide at dreamspeakerguides.com

each destination in the offers its distinctive character and local specialties, – communtiy markets selling organic produce to vineyards offering a personal wine tasting experience

Day 1

TODD INLET & BRENTWOOD BAY MARINA

(page 71 & 72)

an early start from SIDNEY to SAANICH INLET ~ anchor in tranquil TODD INLET or visit spectacular BUTCHART GARDENS from BUTCHART COVE ~ enjoy a little luxury at the BRENTWOOD BAY MARINA, LODGE AND SPA with its excellent restaurant & pub

Day 2

COWICHAN VALLEY & GENOA BAY

(page 140 & 142)

the eclectic waterside village of “COW BAY” offers visitor moorage, a MARITIME CENTRE and the best fish & chips ~ nearby GENOA BAY provides anchorage & a marina, their cafe serves hearty west coast cuisine

Day 3

TELEGRAPH HARBOUR

(page 158)

this is a popular destination with two well-run marinas, a pub, bistro & two very different general stores

Day 4

MONTAGUE HARBOUR MARINE PARK AND MARINA

(page 112 & 114)

pick up a park’s buoy or anchor in sheltered MONTAGUE HARBOUR. hike the forested trails or laze on the white sand beach. the marina offers moorage, fuel, cafe & a great store

Day 5

GANGES HARBOUR

(page 106)

no cruise is complete without a visit to GANGES VILLAGE ~ choose from the public wharf, two marinas and a large anchorage ~ art galleries, bookstores, restaurants & bistros abound ~ the vibrant saturday market is a must

Day 6

BEDWELL HARBOUR & POETS COVE MARINA

(page 80)

anchor or pick up a park’s buoy in scenic BEAUMONT MARINE PARK ~ alternatively, secure a berth at POETS COVE MARINA & enjoy all that the resort & spa have to offer

Day 7

SIDNEY SPIT MARINE PARK

(page 44)

pick up a park’s buoy for the night ~ relax on the beach & stretch your legs with a walk on the long, sandy spit ~ a final night under the stars before returning to SIDNEY the following morning

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