Entries by Van Isle Marina

15 Things to Do in Sidney BC

Wondering What To Do While You’re Visiting Sidney? Many boating enthusiasts who come to the Pacific Northwest from far and wide to take in the area’s stunning scenery make a point of stopping in Sidney by the Sea – a seaside community in British Columbia, Canada. Sidney is located at the northern end of the […]

Anchoring, Mooring & Docking

Learning the (Getting) Ins and Outs of Boating Let’s look at the differences between anchoring, mooring, and docking. While they all refer to ways of securing your boat in place when necessary, these 3 nautical terms all mean something slightly different. An essential part of learning how to navigate a new vessel is learning all […]

33 Different Styles of Fishing

33 Ways to Fish – from Angling to Trotlining When you find the fishing technique you prefer over all other styles, it’s quite easy to forget that other styles of fishing even exist! But at Van Isle Marina, we believe it’s never too late to try something new. If you’re new to the world of […]

2019 BC Boat Show

 Sidney, British Columbia Hosts the 2019 BC Boat Show Van Isle Marina is looking forward to welcoming you onboard our boats during the 29th annual BC Boat Show, happening May 2-5, 2019 at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, BC. Hosted by the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA), the BC Boat Show draws huge crowds of […]

Birdwatching from Your Boat

Common Seabirds of Vancouver Island As you cruise around Vancouver Island and the neighbouring Gulf Islands of Canada’s west coast, you won’t be able to ignore the diverse population of birds soaring above you or swimming beside your vessel. Vancouver Island is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with so many different types flocking to and from the […]

When is a Boat a Yacht?

Yacht Sizes, Types, Styles & Categories With so many different types of yachts to choose from, it can be hard to know your Flybridges from your Tri-Decks if you’re just starting your search. Although there is a growing number of terms used to describe the different types of yachts out there, many of the terms […]

Cleaning Fish on a Boat

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean a Fish While On Your Boat It’s never the best part of the fishing experience, and it’s often a thankless task, but someone on board the boat has got to do it. We’re talking about cleaning your catch. Knowing how to clean a fish properly is something every […]

South Island Hiking Trails

Top 10 Hiking Destinations on Southern Vancouver Island From North to South, Vancouver Island is covered in beautiful, well-maintained hiking trails for all skill levels. Below is a list of Van Isle Marina staff’s favourite hiking destinations on the Southern part of Vancouver Island – because sometimes you just need to get off the boat, […]

Parts of a Boat

Parts of a Boat: Boating Terminology for Beginners If you’re new to the boating community, familiarizing yourself with the different parts of a boat will help you talk the talk and ensure you set sail with confidence. Van Isle Marina has you covered with our handy beginner’s guide to the different parts of a boat. […]