Summer Flotilla Cruise in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada
Colgate Sailing Adventures™ Takes You to the Gulf Islands of British Columbia
Where Great Wineries and Scenic Wonders Abound
July 14-22, 2017
One of the world’s best-kept secrets is the cruising area between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada. These beautiful cruising grounds have fabulous scenery, amazing wildlife, and spectacular sailing in warm summer currents. As you sail you are likely to see Orca whales breaching. Magnificent Bald Eagles soar overhead and perch on outposts or rocky shores with their “catch of the day.” Keep a keen eye out for grizzlies, black and brown bears with their cubs hiding in tall grasses and otters, seals and badgers. This is a cruise for those who love nature, the great outdoors and magnificent scenery. Watch the slide show and join us!
Seven Summer Days of Rejuvenation
Sign up with Colgate Sailing Adventures™ for a fun-filled flotilla cruise led by Nate and Heather Atwater. Let nature rejuvenate your spirit on a retreat from hectic days, as you explore the Gulf Islands of British Columbia at the best time of the year!
Friday, July 14 – Arrival Day in Port Sydney, British Columbia
Plan to arrive in Port Sidney, British Columbia in time for a meet and greet party that evening. Our flotilla group will board the boats late afternoon so if you come in early, you can visit quaint Sidney which is a a short walk from Port Sidney Marina and full of interesting shops and seaside attractions. You sleep aboard that night at the marina, and set sail the next day.
Saturday, July 15 – North Pender Island
Your first day of sailing takes you to Pender Island where you can explore it’s outstanding Morning Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery, located on terraced cliffs overlooking Plumper Sound and Saturna Island. Morning Bay makes wines from some of British Columbia’s best vineyards as well as their own locally produced grapes. Then head back to your yacht and enjoy the many amenities offered in and around Port Browning Marina.
Sunday, July 16 – Galliano Island
Today you sail up Plumper Sound and across Navy Channel to Galiano Island. Montague Harbour on Galiano Island has a great little marina and beautiful anchorage. Stretch your legs on the island’s many hiking trails in Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park, rich in natural and cultural history. Take Tommy Transit on a spectacular ride to the Hummingbird Pub. Keep a watchful eye on the sea for orcas, and be sure to catch the incredibly spectacular sunset!
Monday, July 17- Salt Spring Island
A short sail from Montague Harbour takes you to Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island. Spend mid-day at local wineries tasting some exceptional wines then stroll through the eclectic town of Salt Spring Islands collecting farm fresh produce, local organic meats and hand crafted cheese from family owned shops. Salt Spring Island is the largest and most highly populated of the Southern Gulf Islands. Here you will find many restaurants and cultural attractions including music, dance, and arts and crafts.
Tuesday, July 18 – Preedy Harbour
Enjoy a stunning sail up Trincomali Channel between Salt Spring and Galiano Islands, then through Houstoun Passage to the Southwest, and north up Stuart Channel to Preedy Harbour. Telegraph Harbour is a short walk up the road with restaurants and artisans.
Wednesday, July 19 – Maple Bay
Today the flotilla cruises down Stuart Channel, past Salt Spring Island, before bearing away for a gentle run through the north side of Sansum Narrows to Maple Bay. This charming bay is a great place to drop anchor, relax, and indulge in people-watching. If you feel like stretching your legs, hike the trail which leads from the marina up to Skinner Bluff and Mount Tzuhalem.
Thursday, July 20 – Butchart Gardens
Your sixth day takes you on a scenic sail through the gorge-like tidal waters of Sansum Narrows before a brisk sail into Saanich Inlet. The fleet will anchor in Tod inlet, then dinghy over to Angler’s Anchorage and head to the deck of The Blue Bayou Restaurant for the best Cajun food in Canada! After dinner, dinghy to the water entrance of the famous Butchart Gardens and visit fifty-five acres of stunning floral show gardens at this National Historic Site of Canada.
Friday, July 21 – Poets Cove Marina
Today sail out of Saanich Inlet at your leisure past beautiful homes on your way back to South Pender and the luxurious Poets Cove Resort, Spa and Marina. Spend the rest of the day pampering yourself at the spa, lounge by the pool or listen to local musicians on the patio with a cold beverage and outstanding food, surrounded by the energy of an exceptional week on the water.
Saturday, July 22 – Port Sidney Marina
The flotilla departs Bedwell Harbour on your final day in these beautiful islands. This morning you sail across Swanson Channel to Port Sidney Marina, returning by 10 a.m.
We have four lovely cruising yachts reserved for this fun flotilla cruise in the Gulf Islands – a Sun Odyssey 40, Beneteau 40, Jeanneau 439 and Sunsail 41.3. Heather and Nate will assign you to one of the boats several weeks before the cruise starts, and designate a skipper and navigator based on your sailing resume.
Package Price Per Person
Double shared cabin is $2495 per person, single private cabin is $2995. A 30% deposit is required when you sign up, The balance (or full payment) is due by April 14, 2017. A $300 per person refundable security deposit is also due at that time. No refunds after April 14, 2017.
- Your shared or private cabin aboard one of the Jeanneau or Beneteau monohulls
- Meet and greet party arrival night
- Provisions for all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and three dinners aboard
- Ice, water, and fuel aboard your boat when flotilla begins
- Commemorative Gulf Islands Cruise shirt and cap
- Leaders Nate and Heather Atwater with the fleet throughout the cruise
Get Away to the Warm Waters and Cool Breezes of British Columbia This Summer!
Just pick up the phone and tell one of our friendly sales associates that you’re ready to pack your saling gear and set sail!
Call 888-454-7015 Today!
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Titled Photos by Kevin Oke, additional photos supplied by David Kory and Sunsail