Learn more about our news and special events, both here at the marina or out and about on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Preparing Your Boat for Spring

Spring is nearly upon us and it’s time to start preparing your boat for the season.  For your safety, there are a number of maintenance and cleaning items that should be checked before taking the boat out.  By going through this checklist, you will ensure that your boating season is safe and isn’t delayed or interrupted.

Discover Boating has come up with six key areas of maintenance:

1. Fuel System – inspect the fuel system for leaks or damages

2. Electrical System – inspect all electrical connections for cleanliness and tightness

3. Propellers and Hulls – inspect propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion

4. Belts, Cables and Hoses – Belts, cables and hoses are important to check, as they can become brittle and may crack during winter storage

5. Fluid Levels – Check all fluid levels including engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs, and coolant

6. Safety Gear – Check life jackets to ensure they are in good condition and that there are enough on board for all potential passengers

For more in depth information on preparing your boat for the Spring, please visit Discoverboating.com

Mooring at Van Isle Marina

The boating season is quickly approaching and Van Isle Marina is here to assist you in making this season your most enjoyable one yet.  We offer annual, monthly and transient moorage (please see our moorage rates for details).  We also offer a moorage credit program that sublets your slip, saving you money, while you are away.

A Fuel Dock is located at the end of D dock for your convenience.  It offers diesel, mid-grade gasoline, premix outboard gas, oil tank pump-out, Petro-Canada and Chevron lubes and oils.

Our on shore services include showers, washrooms, laundry room, business center, storage units, launching ramp and the Dockside Grill.  For further details, please visit Marina Services Quick Facts.

We hope you enjoy the 2011 boating season!

Nexus: Border Crossing Made Simple

The Canada Border Services Agency offers a program called NEXUS.  This program is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States.

NEXUS has a program for Air, Land and Marine!  If you plan to cross the border often this boating season, become a NEXUS member and make border crossing simple and easy.

Please review the Canada Border Services Agency NEXUS program site for further details.

Building Care Together Campaign

Mark Dickinson has been named to a 13-member fundraising cabinet to lead a campaign on behalf of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to raise $25 million for the purchase of equipment for Victoria’s new hospital.

The capital campaign for the benefit of the hospital – the Patient Care Centre – scheduled to open in March of this year is being led by co-chairs the Honourable Ted Hughes, OC, QC and Leslee Farrell.

As one of the most significant health care developments in the history of the Victoria region, this 500-bed, eight-storey new hospital will support multiple areas of care and will be a state-of-the-art medical facility.

The Building Care Together campaign was officially launched on January 19th, 2011.

NEW YACHT PARK – Storage and Maintenance Facility OPENS JULY 2011

New Yacht Park - OPENS JULY 2011

Van Isle Marina’s new Yacht Park, a storage and maintenance facility, opens July 2011!

  • Brownell 60 Ton Self-propelled Submersible Hydraulic Trailer
  • Monthly & Annual Yacht Storage
  • Full-Service Repair and Maintenance Facility including: Power Washing, Zincs, Anti-fouling Paint, Detailing, Mast Storage, Project Management

Sidney Anglers Salmon Derby

For you fishing enthusiasts, the Sidney Anglers Annual Salmon Tournament is scheduled for April 30th, 2011.  Everyone is welcome to enter the tournament.  Rod Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at Home Hardware in Sidney, Island Outfitters and Trotac Marine.  The banquet is an additional $22 (including hst) per person.

Derby Dates:

  • Friday April 29th, Meeting, 5:00-9:00 pm
  • Saturday April 30th, (Fishing Day) Scales close at 4:00 pm
  • Saturday April 30th, Banquet Dinner, 4:00 pm

There are $10,000 in cash prizes to be won: 1st Place $5,000, 2nd Place $3,000 and 3rd Place $2,000.

For further information, please visit Sidney Anglers.

Sidney Winter Market

During the winter months on Saturdays and Sundays from November 20th through to March, Sidney hosts a Winter Market.  The indoor Winter Market is held in Beacon Plaza Mall and starts at 10 am and is open until 4 pm.  Stop by and browse the wares, antiques and much more.

Vancouver International Boat Show

57' Bayliner 5788 Pilothouse 1999

The Vancouver International Boat Show is scheduled for February 9th through 13th, 2011 and will be held at two great locations this year.

Vancouver Convention Centre Show Hours:

  • Wednesday to Friday 10 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday 10 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

False Creek Yacht Club Hours:

  • The in-water venue closes daily at 5 pm

37' Riviera Flybridge Convertible 2004

Visit the False Creek in-water venue to see Van Isle Marina’s Yacht Brokerage display and vessels:

37′ Riviera Flybridge Convertible 2004
41′ Riviera 2009
57′ Bayliner 5788 Pilothouse 1999

For further details, please visit the Vancouver International Boat Show website.

BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World Campaign

Marina president Mark Dickinson handed a $10,000 cheque in December to Bonnie Campbell, a member of the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World Campaign cabinet.  The donation is in support of the vital campaign at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre for the provision to patients and their families of essential psychological and emotional support throughout their entire cancer journey, and will further support innovative cancer research.  Cancer touches all of us, with over an estimated 5,000 new diagnosed cancer patients this year on Vancouver Island.

Mark Dickinson said, “It is extremely important that we be part of the leadership and commitment to ensuring cancer patients receive the very best care possible.”

Mark Dickinson (L) handing a $10,000 cheque to Bonnie Campbell (R), member of the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspire the World Campaign

Visions Fundraising Gala Record Amount Raised

Mark Dickinson, President at Van Isle Marina, attended the Visions Fundraising Gala on November 20, 2010 and helped raise a record amount of $441,205 for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

The Gala Event was held at the Fairmont Empress with a sold-out, 300 person, black-tie event.  The Visions Gala Event is a major contributor to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s fall campaign.

For further detail, please read the article in the Douglas magazine.