Spas in Gulf Islands | Destination boating for women


Boat accessible spas in Gulf Islands

Even though more and more women are getting into boating and building their skills in both captain and crew positions, it’s still mostly men who have the “boating bug” in the relationship and men regularly ask how to get their female partners excited about boating. Many women love the quiet and serenity of isolated anchorages but still wish the cooking and cleaning would not follow them from home, they would like to feel like it’s a real holiday more than a camping trip on water. Maybe it’s time to visit one of the boat accessible spas in Gulf islands!

There are three beautiful spa resorts in Gulf Islands with transient moorage space for guests.

Poets Cove Resort and Spa

Premier luxury resort in secluded bay on Pender Island. With a full service marina and spa you can’t go wrong making reservations for a weekend boating trip. The Susurrus Spa and the eucalyptus steam cave will leave you pampered and relaxed, ready for a lovely dinner at one of the three restaurants at premises. The resort features two heated pools and hot tubs. The Poets Cove Marina has 110 deep-water slips for boats up to 100′ as well as a fuel dock and Canada Customs office.


Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa

The Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa is located in Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island. Their private marina has 50 slips for transient moorage. The dock facilities include washrooms, showers, laundry and fitness room. Pool and hot tub are for adults only. The marina offers 15, 30 and 50 amp power. The oceanfront spa features a tranquility lounge, and outdoor licenced pool and hot tub in addition to a variety of spa treatments.



Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa

This boutique Inn and Spa on Galiano Island has a seasonal dock for private boaters. The 200′ dock is located at the entrance to Active Pass in Sturdies Bay. In off season one can moor at the Government dock which is only a block away. The Madrona del Mar Spa menu includes flotation therapy and yoga in addition to a wide variety of spa treatments. You can finish your relaxing day at the Atrevida Restaurant overlooking Active Pass or enjoy a wood-fired pizza at the Pizza Terrace.




Creating a boating itinerary


Creating a boating itinerary

With the spring like weather we all start planning this summer’s boating trips. In addition to my personal boating trips I also get to assist charter customers with their itineraries. My go-to guidebooks, Dreamspeaker Guides  by Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones, get dog eared with frequent use. After 30 years of boating in these waters I’m still finding new anchorages and love reading about them ahead of time.

Meet Anne and Laurence

Planning your boat trip

Planning your boating trip is almost as much fun as actually going boating! Living here in Pacific Northwest we are very fortunate with abundance of choices when it comes to boating destinations. There is literally something for everyone. Depending on what kind of a boat you are on and how long you can be gone the choices are plenty. Then come the personal choices of the captain and crew:

  • do you like to eat out
  • go running every morning
  • go fishing
  • go hiking
  • prefer staying at dock versus anchored out
  • talk and play games late into night
  • read a book in quiet?

Listen, Research and then Create

Listening to your crew’s wishes will start formatting the itinerary. Seasonal itineraries and celebrations are also a great way to get the best in every place. Farmers Market on Salt Spring Island in summer months, picking fruits of Wallace Island trees in late summer and celebrating Canada Day in Saturna Island are just few of many excellent events in destinations for boaters. Winery tours and golfing as well as bike racing will keep the boaters active in their destinations. There are even few die hard boaters gathering for Christmas and New Years cruising.

New Boaters

When it comes to charter customers who have never boated in our waters I try to keep their travel distances and times to less than what us locals might choose to do. They may not be familiar with our tides and currents let alone the dead heads and driftwood. Stern tie anchoring is often new to them as well. The feedback has been that they like alternating overnighting at docks and anchoring. Which is a great way to satisfy everyone’s wishes in a group of people who may all enjoy different things. Some people don’t want to travel every day either. Exploring new places is a big part boating and should be given lots of time too.

Always be Prepared!

Once the itinerary has been made and the time has come to cast off don’t forget the rule of changes.  Mother Nature always has the last word and boating trips are no exception to this. Be prepared to have a plan B in case the weather turns on you. Don’t leave a long crossing to the last day of your trip, especially if someone needs to catch a flight or has an important meeting the next morning. If it looks like the weather will turn on you change your itinerary accordingly. Coming back a day early on calmer seas and spending the last night closer to home will be more fun and relaxing than battling the elements while racing with the clock.

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