Itineraries

Follow Your dreams

Dreamspeaker Guides provide comprehensive and detailed coverage of the Pacific Northwest.  Local experts, Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones share their experiences logging thousands of hours cruising and charting the Pacific Northwest.  Their passion the unspoiled beauty of British Columbia comes through their hand-drawn charts and pilot notes, leading boaters into safe harbours, marinas, sheltered anchorages.  We hope you enjoy the selections below as you plan your trip to beautiful British Columbia.


“Laurence and Anne's detailed water colours couple with Anne’s words and photos make these guides something great for planning and remembering the journey later.”

Cape Flattery


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CRUISING GROUNDS

Whether you depart from Granville Island, Powell River, or Sidney on Vancouver Island – you are moments away from pristine beauty where you can let your daily life melt away.  

Gulf Islands

Minutes from an international airport and major ferry routes, our Sidney base provides direct access to one of B.C.’s most popular destinations for holidays of all kinds. With public markets, cultural fairs, popular marinas, secluded anchorages, and stunning marine parks, the Gulf Islands have it all. Their position in the lee of Vancouver Island gives them a drier climate than most of the coast.

 

 

Active Pass
9 Ganges
6 7 Montague Harbour
37 33 30 Nanaimo
26 25 18 12 Pirate's Cove
17 17 11 24 9 Porlier Pass
29 29 23 13 7 12 Silva Bay
23 21 16 18 11 13 25 Telegraph HBR
40 39 39 65 59 15 42 51 Victoria

DISTANCE IN NAUTICAL MILES

Desolation Sound

Our base at Powell River is the closest full-service charter base in this cruising mecca. 2,400 meter snow-capped mounts meet warm seas in B.C.’s largest marine park.  Fish for chinook, coho, pink and sockeye salmon, watch bald eagles soar, see black bears in the wild.  B.C.’s wild coast is on full display in this cruising ground mecca. 

 

 

 

 

Bute inlet
28 Gorge Harbour
28 31 Pendrell Sound
35 25 34 Powell RIver
25 21 12 27 Prideaux Haven
17 16 9 21 7 Refuge Cove
16 17 19 24 10 4 Squirrel Cove
24 17 14 25 5 8 11 Tenedos Bay
15 34 15 39 15 12 22 17 Toba Inlet

DISTANCE IN NAUTICAL MILES

Sunshine Coast

From Vancouver to Desolation Sound lies a beautiful stretch of water blessed with scenic inlets and sounds for cruisers to explore. Towns and shops dot the Coast, providing for cruisers’ needs, while marine parks offer secluded anchorages and moorings with spectacular sunsets over the Strait of Georgia to the west. Venturing into Howe Sound or Jervis Inlet, cruisers can explore deep fjords created by towering mountains, surrounded by lush forests, streaming waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.

Vancouver
10 Snug Cove
12 11 Gibsons
32 32 22 Secret Cove
40 40 29 8 Pender Harbour
62 60 50 28 22 Powell River
32 27 22 22 35 57 Nanaimo
25 23 24 35 43 65 17 Porlier Pass
85 80 70 48 40 55 66 83 Malibu Rapids

DISTANCE IN NAUTICAL MILES

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Upcoming courses

Whether you seek training in Canada with Cooper Boating or south of the border in Bellingham, WA with NW Explorations, here’s a look at the many training opportunities available.

For more information, email us at:

British Columbiaschool@cooperboating.com
Washington Statetraining@nwexplorations.com 

TRAINING & EVENT CALENDAR – 2022/2023

Sept 23-Oct 7

Desolation Flotilla (Power) – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Oct 3 & 5

Oct 13

Oct 18

Oct 21

VHF/ROC(M) (Classroom) – Vancouver

Bay Skipper 1 – Vancouver

Coastal Navigation (Classroom) – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

November 19

VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by November 7)

January 9 & 16

VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by December 23, 2022)

March 25-31

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

April 9-10

April 8-10

April 13-17

April 15-17

 

April 22-24

April 27-May 1

April 21-28

April 23-May 3

2023 Charter Client Check-Ride Weekend – Sidney

Refresher Weekend – Sidney

Docking Clinic – Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Exploration

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

10-day Advanced Sail – Sidney

May 4-8

May 6-8

May 6-13

May 7-8

May 13-15

May 18-22

May 20-22

 

May 25-29

May 25-June 1

May 27-29

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail) – Sidney

2023 Charter Client – Check-Ride Weekend – Vancouver

Refresher Weekend – Vancouver

Docking Clinic (Power & Sail) – Vancouver

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Powerboat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail & Power)- Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Sept. 29–Oct. 6

10-day Advanced Sail – Vancouver

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