Yachting in Canada: Vancouver Suburbs
Denis Korablev
  • 21.04.2021
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Yachting in Canada: Vancouver Suburbs

Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia and one of the most comfortable to live in the world, can also be considered an excellent region for yachting. The development of the yachting industry here is facilitated by a convenient location, a mild (comparable to the Mediterranean) climate, beautiful landscapes and picturesque nature. Vancouver is also one of the most popular yacht charter destinations in Canada. By renting a yacht here, you can cruise along the coast, observing the life of the marine life and the spectacular scenery.

Popular outdoor activities in the city include windsurfing, kayak, boat, yacht rental and fishing. Also in Vancouver, you can relax on local beaches, the total length of which exceeds 18 km. Vancouver's maritime traditions are rooted in the distant past, as it is one of the most important ports in America. And the yacht infrastructure and service are developed here and are at the highest level.

43 km west of the city is the island of the same name, which is comparable in area to the islands of Hainan and Taiwan in China. For more than a decade, the field of yacht rental on the island has been developing at a very fast pace. Many of those who have visited Vancouver claim that this is one of the most amazing and memorable places on earth. Tourists are attracted here by secluded protected bays, like mountains merging with the water surface, narrow glacial fjords and untouched nature. Many boaters come to Vancouver for yacht charter to visit the bays and bays on the east side of the island. There are bays of amazing beauty on the western side of Vancouver, but the conditions for navigation are much more difficult here - the winds are constantly blowing and waves arise on the ocean surface.

Vancouver yacht charter is very popular and you can hire an experienced skipper to explore the island. In small towns on the coast, there are a large number of equipped marinas. And in the fjords and bays there are anchorages. In general, yachting in Canada is in great demand and is an actively developing type of recreation. Due to its very long coastline, yacht charter in this northern country is popular, and the most interesting is on the Pacific coast.

The coast of British Columbia is very rich in coniferous forests, there are also a large number of picturesque cliffs and waterfalls. By renting a yacht, you can organize excellent fishing (there are 5 types of salmon alone, and the fishing season is the longest in the world (from June to November)!), You can also watch the life of numerous seals, sea otters and killer whales from the boat. This region of Canada is home to seven national parks, huge in size and virtually untouched wilderness on the continent. And the city of Vancouver is a real pearl of the Pacific Ocean among all this splendor, located in unusual climatic conditions (after all, snow-capped mountain peaks and warm ocean waters are surprisingly adjacent here).

By paving the route between the numerous islets near the coast, you can not only observe the animals, but also capture the natural beauty. The region is the most ecologically safe in the country, and here you can enjoy the natural color of lush cedars, spruces and pines, and how the crowns of fir and trees of temperate rainforests are torn up. In addition to marine life, the fauna of the region is represented by brown bears, elks, wolves and other taiga animals. One has only to land on the shore to be in one of the most beautiful corners of the world hidden from civilization - among endless forests, rocks, mountain rivers and grape groves blooming in the valleys.

What to watch

Sights of Vancouver can interest many, regardless of their age, gender, individual preferences and financial capabilities. The city is incredibly clean, bright and well greened.

Among the many most popular city attractions are the following:

  • Stanley Park;
  • Van Dusen Botanical Garden;
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge;
  • Museum "World of Science";
  • Vancouver Art Gallery;
  • Gastown Historic District.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge (privately owned, owned by N. Stibbart), 70 m high, is suitable for fans of extreme entertainment. It is considered the longest Canadian suspension bridge. At the same time, many tourists note that walking along the bridge does not cause either a feeling of fear or dizziness. This is due to the fact that a forest grows under the bridge, and the tops of some trees are higher than some sections of the bridge. This arrangement of trees creates the illusion of walking among the trees, and not "hanging" in the air.

Numerous competitions are held in the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. Despite the fact that the garden occupies a small area, its entire territory is divided into two parts: a paid area, where excursions are held, and a free park area, in which you can freely stay and relax from the hustle and bustle and noise. Visitors to the garden can just take a few photos and feel like they are in Asia, but for a more detailed immersion in Asian culture, it is best to join a tour group.

On the territory of Stanley Park (where the first British ships arrived), a number of feature films were filmed, which made this park the most recognizable place among tourists and locals. On its territory there are places for picnics, walks and outdoor activities. Throughout the park, there are both well-groomed and neat paths and completely "wild" paths. Sports grounds are also open here. Also on its territory is the Vancouver Aquarium, which has become home to more than 50 thousand marine life.

The art gallery of Canada's largest art museum hosts regular exhibitions and outdoor events. At the same time, the area of the museum is comparable to the whole city quarter, and there are only two entrances to the building itself, despite the size of the gallery. The Museum "World of Science" was built specifically for the international exhibition "Expo" in 1986. Even during non-working hours, the museum attracts attention thanks to its unusual dome (it is especially memorable for the night illumination). In total, the museum complex includes 6 pavilions, and the exhibitions are divided by themes.

The Gastown Historic District is considered an ideal destination for lovers of urban legends. In order to feel the atmosphere of this place, you should come here at night, together with an excursion group. You can learn about the history of this place from the tourist brochures that are sold here on every corner. Despite the fact that this area is residential, every house and every corner here is filled with stories and legends, because Vancouver began with Gastown.

Vancouver is a multifaceted and unusual city, and here you will find everything for a leisurely educational vacation.

Yachting

Yachting around Vancouver is recommended for experienced yachtsmen as it has a high level of difficulty. Navigation is complicated by the constantly changing direction of winds of considerable strength and the water area of tidal waters. But the yacht infrastructure is well developed here, on the coast and on the island there are a large number of comfortable yacht marinas and well-equipped berths. The local climate is largely influenced by the warm Kuroshio Current, with frequent rains in winter and hot and dry weather in summer. The most favorable period for visiting Vancouver for sailing trips is from the beginning of June to the end of September. However, keep in mind that there is a chance of a tornado in the summer.

You can dock or rent a boat at the centrally located Spruce Harbor Marina with 120 equipped berths for yachts up to 29 feet. The list of services provided in the harbor includes:

  • Supply of vessels with drinking water and electricity;
  • Guarded underground parking;
  • Sauna;
  • Toilet;
  • Showers;
  • Laundry;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • Waste collection.

Also popular is the modern Coal Harbor Marina with 330 berths for yachts up to 328 feet. It contains all types of demanded services, including:

  • Supply of vessels with drinking water and electricity;
  • 24-hour security;
  • Video monitoring;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • Garbage collection and removal.

Popular Vancouver Island marinas for yacht charter:

  • Newcastle Marina in Nanaimo (the second largest city on the island) with 130 berths for yachts up to 70 feet;
  • Port Sidney with 320 berths for yachts up to 138 feet.

Port Sidney Marina's infrastructure is designed to provide a variety of services:

  • Supply of vessels with drinking water and electricity;
  • Winter storage of yachts;
  • Video monitoring;
  • 24-hour security;
  • Shower;
  • Laundry;
  • Hotel;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • Weather forecast;
  • Waste collection;
  • Parking;
  • Toilets;
  • Postal office;
  • Grocery store.

The services offered at the largest yacht marina, Newcastle Marina:

  • Drinking water supply to ships;
  • Electricity supply;
  • Video monitoring;
  • Toilets;
  • Showers;
  • Laundry;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • Fish cleaning station;
  • Parking;
  • The pub;
  • A restaurant;
  • Grocery supermarket.

Note that in February Vancouver hosts the Boat Shows yachting exhibition, and the largest salmon is found near the Southern Gulf Islands. We recommend visiting the Valley of a Thousand Faces (Valley of a Thousand Faces in the village of Sayward on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island), where the likeness of famous people painted on cedar stumps is presented to the attention of visitors.

If you are planning to purchase or rent a yacht, we advise you to contact the specialists of the 2yachts. We will definitely help you with the choice of a vessel, selecting suitable offers from a variety of available on the market and formalizing the transaction in accordance with the laws of the country. With us you will save time and money and be sure to find the yacht of your dreams!