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

5th Annual Navigator Rendezvous

The 5th Annual Navigator Rendezvous is scheduled for August 26-29th, 2010 at Roche Harbour Marina, Friday Harbour, WA.  Click here to register for one of the 50 pre-reserved slips.

Riviera Fishing Tournament Winners

A great fishing experience is the best way to describe the seventh annual Riviera Fishing Tournament held at Ucluelet on August 4th – 8th, 2010.  Fifteen Riviera boats entered into the tournament hosted by Van Isle Marina and Emerald Pacific Yacht Sales.

Top winner was Van Isle moorage customer and 34′ Riviera owner Paul Wiggins with his wife, Karen, whose fish weighed in at 41.7 lbs which netted them a grand total
of $4,500 made up of a “Daily” $1,500 and a $3,000 contribution from Riviera Australia.

Second place winner for $1,500, plus “The Daily”, was Dan Sarkesian in “Footloose II” with a 38.6 lb Chinook.

Third place was “Hae Dal” owned by Joe Nessel who netted $500 for a 37.1 pounder.

Other “Daily” winners were Joe and Kirsten Peterson in “Gunk” and Don and Mary Ball who only last week took delivery of their brand new 45-foot Riviera, “Sea Bum”.

This year the tournament was held out of the Small Craft Harbour Marina in Ucluelet and this was the first time ever that reserved visitor moorage was permitted, let alone a while dock being set aside to accommodate our Riviera fleet.  Sincere appreciation is extended to the Town of Ucluelet and Riviera Australia for their support of the tournament.

Grand Prize Winner Paul Wiggins

4th Annual Floating Boat Show at the Creek

From September 9 – 12, 2010 Van Isle Marina will be displaying three vessels at the 4th Annual Floating Boat Show at The Creek.

Vessels on Display:

Riviera 42 Flybridge Convertible

Riviera 37 Flybridge Convertible

Sea Ray 340 Sundancer

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Watch 90 Dragon Boat Teams from across North America race across a 500-metre water course in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Victoria’s Dragon Boat Festival

August 13, 14, 15 2010

Inner Harbour, Victoria BC

Click here for more details!

Labour Day Weekend Events

Enjoy the Labour Day long weekend viewing classic boats during the day and listening to Blues during the evening.

Blues Bash 2010, September 4-6th.  Three-day festival featuring all styles of blues and R & B on the Labour Day weekend at Ship Point (Victoria’s Inner Harbour).

33rd Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival, September 3-5th.  The Festival is located in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition

Sand Sculptures are on display until August 15th at Parksville’s Community Park.

Click here for more details.

Hornby Festival 2010

Looking for something interesting to do this week?  Why not take a trip to the Hornby Festival going on now until August 7th.

The Hornby Festival was established in 1982 and has grown into a 10 day event.  Programming includes classical, jazz, world beat and traditional genres of music, modern dance, kids programming, theatre and spoken word.

Contact Ford Cove Harbour for moorage.

Fireworks at Butchart Gardens

Pilot your boat to Todd Inlet on Saturday evenings before dusk to watch the spectacular fireworks at Butchart Gardens.

Click here for more information on the Butchart Gardens Fireworks display.

Submit a Photo Draw

Submit a photo celebrating the boating lifestyle for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Van Isle Marina’s Fuel Dock!


  • Photo must celebrate the boating lifestyle
  • Each approved submission will be posted to the Van Isle Marina Submit a Photo web page and entered into the draw
  • Draw will be held at the end of August
  • Winner will be contacted via email

Click here to submit your photo.

Symphony Splash

Symphony Splash is located in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour on August 1st, 2010. The concert kicks off at 4:00 pm with The Naden Band.  At 7:30 pm Maestra Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony perform and end the evening with the 1812 Overture.

Symphony Splash is the largest annual outdoor symphony event in Canada, attracting over 40,000 people.