Entries by Van Isle Marina

Gulf Island Farmer’s Markets

July is one of the most fruitful (pun intended!) months for fresh fruits and vegetables, so every week during the summer there are markets that pop up across the Gulf Islands, and on the Saanich Peninsula. Farmer’s Markets are a wonderful way to connect with the community, find new recipes, and shake hands with the […]

A New Way to Travel – Northstar Air Tours

Vancouver Island is a big and beautiful place. The Island stretches 460 kilometers in length and 100 kilometers in width for a total of 32,134 km2 in area. We are surrounded by some of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world, attracting people from across the globe. Our forests are dense and populated […]

Five Nautical Knots to Know

With summer fast approaching, it is time to dust off your knot tying skills! Here are 5 must-know nautical knots to have you boating like a pro, in no time at all. Round Turn Two Half Hitches This is a practical and easy-to-learn knot that is great for beginners and advanced boaters! This knot is used […]

Spring Boating Start-Up Checklist

Spring is in the air; is your boat ready to get back to cruising? If you did winterize your boat, you saved yourself some spring boat prep time and possible headaches now, which means the road between your boat and the water is shorter! Although it is always best to winterize a boat before putting […]

Five Hikes in the Gulf Islands

At Van Isle Marina, we are fortunate to be located in the heart of the Gulf Islands, one of the best cruising grounds in the world. There are more than 200 islands in the region, each different than the last. The sheltered waters of the islands are wonderful for fishing, swimming, and sailing, while the […]