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

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.

Sidney Summer Market

Every Thursday evening between June 3rd & September 2nd, enjoy Sidney’s Summer Market!  Walk down Beacon Ave. and explore the delightful outdoor market.

Beacon Ave, from 5th to 1st street, is closed to vehicle traffic.

The Market is open from 5:30 – 9:00pm.

Live Music at the Dockside Grill

Dockside Grill welcomes local musician Brad Prevedoros every Sunday & Monday from 5:00 – 8:00pm.  For more information on Brad or to hear some samples of his music, visit Manzanita Productions.

Saanich Peninsula Power & Sail Squadron: Boating Courses

Learn to be a confident and safe boater this summer.  You’ll learn about safety, navigation, marine radio, lines & knots, piloting, weather, tides & currents, and annual maintenance are just a few topics.

Visit S.P.P.S.S. online for course information at www.sppss.org

Riviera Invitational Fishing Tournament

This year Van Isle Marina will be sponsoring the Riviera Fishing Tournament which will be held in Ucluelet BC.

Dates: August 3 – 8, 2010

Location: Small Craft Harbour Marina, Ucluelet BC

Number of boats attending will be 14.

33rd Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival

A celebration of our maritime heritage.

Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Sept 3,4,& 5, 2010

For attendance and registration information click here.