Gulf Islands in 5-7 Days

Itinerary for Granville Island, Vancouver to the Gulf Islands in 5-7 Days

Day 1

Depart Granville Island and cross the Straight of Georgia to Porlier Pass, timing it to slack tide or close to it. Clam Bay on Thetis Island offers great holding for a peaceful first night at anchor.  Watch out for rock in the middle, it’s well marked on charts.

Day 2

If the tide is right take the dinghy through the cut for a visit at Thetis Island Marina.

Then it’s time to head down Trincomali Channel for short trip to Wallace Island Marine Park. Of the two anchorages Conover Cove is more protected but fills up faster than the larger Princess Cove. Be ready with dinghy and stern line as both bays have chains attached to rocks to tie to.
Wallace Island has excellent trails, abandoned fruit trees and a boaters shed filled with carved driftwood and painted boat signs.

Day 3

Time for dinner out and provisioning? Ganges on Salt Spring Island will have everything you need.

If you don’t want to stay overnight at the dock, Long Harbour in next bay has great and quiet anchorages. Ganges has bike and scooter rentals if you want to explore the island. Unique gift shops and local artists galleries offering something for everyone.

Day 4

 Instead of leaving crossing the straight to the last day sometimes it’s nice to get the longest travel day over with and be able to relax more on the last day of charter. Head through Active Pass on slack tide or close to it. Watch out for ferries in the pass as they tend to meet right in the middle of it. There are couple of options for your last night on the boat. Plumper Cove on Keats Island has mooring buoys or if you prefer tying at a dock, Gibsons Landing Marina is also at the entrance to Howe Sound.

Day 5

 Enjoy your last morning on the boat. Go hiking, swimming or exploring by dinghy as your trip back to Granville Island will take only couple of hours.
Remember to stop and refuel under Burrard Bridge.