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OUR CRUISING GROUNDS

Surrounded by mountains, ocean and forest, Vancouver is a destination in itself. Often hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, guests can ski and sail in the same day and still enjoy an evening on the town.

Our location on Granville Island is the perfect location for you to start and finish your vacation. Every service imaginable is within walking distance from our docks, and it’s only five minutes from English Bay and the start of your cruising. In addition to our main base in Vancouver, Cooper Boating has two other strategically located bases, offering easy access to all three of the major cruising grounds on the coast.

Gulf Islands

Minutes from an international airport and major BC ferries routes, our base in Sidney provides direct access to one of BC’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

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Desolation Sound

Our base at Powell River is the closest full service charter base to this cruising mecca. Spectacular from sea level to the snow-capped Coast Mountains, 2,400 meters above, BC’s largest marine park has wildlife from orcas to black bears to bald eagles. Fish for chinook, coho, pink and sockeye salmon as you explore a labyrinth of coastal fjords and snug anchorages. The Sound has opportunities for hiking, freshwater swimming, rock climbing, kayaking, camping, and peace and quiet that few other places can match.

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

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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

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Itineraries

Accomplished boating guide authors and sailors, Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones have produced several Dreamspeaker Guides that now provide the most comprehensive and detailed coverage of the Pacific Northwest.

Over the last 27 years, the Yeadon-Joneses have logged thousands of cruising hours charting, recording and photographing their travels. As passion­ate ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest’s unspoiled cruising waters, their Dreamspeaker Guides are filled with meticulous hand-drawn charts and vital information that lead boaters safely into busy harbours, marinas and sheltered anchorages.

“Laurence and Anne have been travelling all around our region compiling some great information information for cruisers including where to go and what to see. Laurence’s detailed water colours couple with Anne’s words and photos to make something great for planning and remembering the journey later.”

Dawn, Sidney crew
Cape Flattery

Tips & Tricks

When it comes to boating there is no substitute for experience. But, having knowledgeable people to turn to does help a lot. Whether you are returning to the water or just starting out we have put together a collection of Tips & Tricks to keep you safe, learn something new, and most importantly have fun.

Below is a collection of Tips & Tricks that we have learned over our many years out on the water. But, we also love to learn new things so if you have any Tips & Tricks of your own feel free to share them with us on Social Media or by sending us a message. We love hearing from people in the Cooper Community!

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