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5 of the Best Hikes Around Victoria, BC

If you’re planning a boat excursion to Vancouver Island in search of excellent hiking, beaches, and outdoor adventure, you’ve come to the right place. There is excellent hiking in every direction on southern Vancouver Island, it just depends on what you’re looking for and which part of the island you’d like to explore.

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6 Boat Trip Destinations Just South of the Border

If you’re looking to expand your horizons, why not head south? Washington state has a lot in common with BC and will supply you with no shortage of adventure, dotted with ports, along with islands, bays, and oceanside parks. Here are 6 destination ideas for boaters ready to head south.

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What is a Yacht? (History, Types of Yachts, Styles and Sizes)

The word yacht comes from the Dutch word “jacht”, which means to hunt, and refers to the quick and lightweight sailboats the Dutch navy used to pursue pirates in shallow waters. In this article we break down some of the more common types of yachts along with various styles and sizes.

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How to Winterize Your Boat

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Things to Do in Victoria, British Columbia: The Boat Traveler’s Guide

Located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island just off Canada’s west coast is the charming city of Victoria. With a population just under 400,000, Victoria is a smaller city with a very small (and walkable) downtown core that attracts nearly 4 million tourists per year. But why in Victoria? Why Victoria? Victoria is an […]

Essential Off-Season Haul-Out Services for Your Boat

Summer is for spending as much time as possible on the water. But when your island-hopping excursions and weekend fishing trips are wrapped up for the season, it’s time to get started on critical boat maintenance and upkeep. The fall and winter seasons are the ideal time to take care of your boat and show […]

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Vancouver Island’s Premier Destination for Boat Travelers

For boaters touring the beautiful BC coast, Vancouver Island is a must-see. Among the many islands dotting the flank of our lengthy province, Vancouver Island is not only the largest but the most visited by tourists across the country and around the world. Over 4 million people each year come to the island to experience […]

5 Reasons to Consider Buying a Pursuit Offshore Boat

Life in coastal British Columbia is nothing short of spectacular. From the appealing mild weather to the stunning BC scenery dotted with quaint islands, lush forests and towering mountain ranges, we’ve got plenty to explore. But in order to fully take advantage of everything this beautiful province has to offer, you’re going to need a […]

Exploring Vancouver Island by Boat: From Van Isle Marina to Northern Vancouver Island

Best Places to See When Exploring Vancouver Island   Exploring Vancouver Island’s lush rainforests and beautiful beaches is a boater’s dream. Starting at Van Isle Marina on your map of Vancouver Island, BC, this guide to sailing Vancouver Island will highlight the best places to visit along the east coast culminating in northern Vancouver Island at the […]

Journey to the Broken Group Islands: Your Guide to Boating and Exploring This Stunning Destination

The Broken Group Islands: A Boater’s Paradise Scattered at the mouth of Barkley Sound, between Ucluelet and Bamfield, the Broken Group Islands welcome travellers with stunning vistas and an incredible array of wildlife. Consisting of over 100 islands, islets and rocky outcrops just begging to be explored, the Broken Islands Group offers adventures for boaters […]