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Summer Flotilla Cruise the Gulf Islands of British Columbia

Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures Takes You to the Gulf Islands of British Columbia

July 14-22, 2017

Ganges from the air with Grace Islet on the right, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Ganges from the air with Grace Islet on the right, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

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.

Seven Summer Days of Rejuvenation

Aerial photograph of Sidney marinas, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

Aerial photograph of Sidney marinas, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

Join Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures on 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.

Friday, July 14 – Arrival Day in Port Sydney, British Columbia

Montague Harbour, Galliano Island, British Columbia, Canada

Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada

Plan to arrive in Port Sidney, British Columbia in time for a meet and greet party that evening. Our flotilla group will be able to board the boats late afternoon so if you come in early, you can enjoy some quality sightseeing in 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
11.8 NM

Salt Spring Island Market in Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Salt Spring Island Market in Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Our first day of sailing takes you to Pender Island where you can explore it’s outstanding winery, 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 at Port Browning Marina.

Sunday, July 16 – Galliano Island
13.6 NM

Depart Port Browning and head up Plumper Sound and across Navy Channel to Galiano Island. Montague Harbour on Galiano Island has a great little marina and beautiful anchorage. Hiking trails abound, and you can take Tommy Transit on a spectacular ride to the Hummingbird Pub. Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park on the Island is rich in natural and cultural history. Here’s where you may see see orcas and the sunsets are spectacular!

Monday, July 17- Salt Spring Island
8 NM

Poets Cove Resort, Spa and Marina on South Pender Island

Poets Cove Resort, Spa and Marina on South Pender Island

Today is a short sail from Montague Harbour 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. There are many restaurants and community events along with many cultural attractions including music, dance, and arts and crafts.

Tuesday, July 18 – Preedy Harbour
20.3 NM

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
11.9 NM

Marina on South Pender Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada

Marina on South Pender Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada

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 and down to Maple Bay. This is a charming bay to visit when you’re not seeking total seclusion. You can drop anchor and relax, yet still 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
15 NM

Our sixth day takes the fleet on a scenic sail down 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
29 NM

Maple Bay, British Columbia

Maple Bay, British Columbia

Today sail out of Saanich Inlet at your leisure past some of the most beautiful homes on the west coast, as the flotilla makes its 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, outstanding food, surrounded by the energy of an exceptional week on the water.

Saturday, July 22 – Port Sidney Marina
9.2 NM

The flotilla departs Bedwell Harbour on our final day in these beautiful islands. This morning we return the boats by 10 a.m., sailing across Swanson Channel to Port Sidney Marina.

The Flotilla Fleet

We have four boats reserved for this fun 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 and assign a skipper and navigator based on your sailing experience.

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 Flotilla Cruise of the Gulf Islands Package Includes:

  • Your shared or private cabin aboard one of the Jeanneau or Beneteau monohulls described above
  • 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 Cool Waters in 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!
Or Drop a Note to Sail@OffshoreSailing.com

Photos by Kevin Oke