Note: these ocean directions are not intended to substitute for the use of Government Nautical Charts or proper trip planning, and is only intended as a general preliminary guide.
Sailing North from Victoria:
From Victoria you proceed North to Sooke which has a Government Warf, which is often full. There are no Marinas in Sooke, no fuel available. The next stop is Barclay Sound and Bamfield. There are anchorages throughout Barclay Sound, there is a Marina and a Government Dock in Bamfield, and fuel is available.
Next stop is Ucluelet, then Tofino, which have docks and Marinas. Both Ucluelet and Tofino are quite busy in the summertime, and docking space can be difficult to find in the busy season. Both have fuel and facilities.
Next stop North is Clayoquot Sound with lots of anchorage, and a small dock at Hot Springs Cove. No fuel is available at Hot Springs Cove.
Next stop North is Nootka Sound. At the Southern end of Nootka Island is Yuquot, formerly known as Friendly Cove, the traditional summer village of the local Mowachaht First Nations Group. This is also the first landing site of Capitan James Cook and the Birthplace of British Columbia, and home to an original Spanish Church with stained glass windows. This area is steeped with rich history, for more information you can check out the Tahsis Museum.
From Nootka Sound, you cruise up the Tahsis Inlet to Tahsis, to Westview Marina and lodge at the head of the inlet, the several buildings on the water with green sides and red roofs. For a full list of the services we provide, CLICK HERE.
Sailing South From Port Hardy:
From Port Hardy head west around Cape Scott, but be aware that there is only one stop with facilities that offer fuel, or supplies until you reach Tahsis, at Winter Harbour.
As you head south from Cape Scott you will reach Quatsino Sound, which holds Winter Harbour, which does have a government dock but very little else to offer. This is a good place to anchor until you are ready to sail around Brooks Peninsula, and head to Kyuqout Sound, which again only offers a small government dock, unless you want to sightsee your best bet is to continue south.
Keeping south you will reach Esperanza Inlet, one of the best fishing spots of the West Coast, head east into the inlet, it is 15 miles (xxkm) to Tahsis once you enter the inlet. If you keep east you will pass the small community of Esperanza, three bays before you reach ‘the cut’, look for our sign, turn left to all the way to the head of the inlet to find your destination, Westview Marina and Lodge, the several buildings on the water with green sides and red roofs. For a full list of the services we provide, CLICK HERE.