WHERE TO LAUNCH YOUR BOAT IN VICTORIA, BC

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WHERE TO LAUNCH YOUR BOAT IN VICTORIA, BC

If you are going fishing, or just want to get your boat out on the water for some sight seeing around Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island, BC, here is a listing of the boat ramps and boat launches in the area.  Included are a brief description of the facilities, fees charged and links to their websites.  The Victoria area map at the bottom of the post will show you the locations of each of the boat ramps.

 Oak Bay

Cattle Point on Beach Drive – 2 ramps at different locations on the point. Once faces approximately south the other north east giving a launch choice depending on weather conditions. Access to Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait. Lots of good parking. No charge.

Cattle Pt South Boat Ramp, victoria bc

Cattle Pt South Boat Ramp

 

Cattle Pt NE boat ramp, victoria, bc

Cattle Point NE boat ramp,

Victoria

James Bay Anglers Associations – 75 Dallas Rd.  1 ramp – close to the Dallas Road Breakwater on Dallas Road. Access to Victoria Harbour and Juan de Fuca Strait. Limited Parking. Fee Charged

James Bay Angler's boat ramp victoria, bc

James Bay Angler’s boat ramp

Esquimalt

Esquimalt Anglers Assoc. Fleming Beach Boat Ramp 1101 Munro St.Dr. Drive down Lampson St, south towards the water, right on Munro. Access to Juan de Fuca Strait, Victoria Harbour, Esquimalt Harbour. Docks and good parking. Fee Charged.  Website: Esquimalt Anglers

Esquimalt Anglers Boat Ramp

Esquimalt Anglers Boat Ramp at Macaulay Point Park

East Sooke

Pedder Bay Marina 925 Pedder Bay Road Off Rocky Point Road in Metchosin. Access to the fishing grounds in Juan de Fuca Strait running from Race Rocks to Sooke. Docks. Fee charged.  Website:  Pedder Bay Marina

Cheanuh Marina at Beecher Bay: 4901 East Sooke, Rd – First Nations Operation – access to the fishing grounds in Juan de Fuca Strait running from Race Rocks to Sooke .  Docks. Fee charged.  Website: Cheanuh Marina

Sidney

Tulista Boat Ramp in Tulista Park on Lochside Dr, Sidney, next to the Washington State Ferry Dock. 2 wide ramps with dock (additional dock is added during the summer months).  Access to Haro Strait.  Good parking. Fee Charged at pay station.  Website: Tulista Boat Ramp

Tulista Boat Ramp

Tulista Boat Ramp has 3 docks available for use during the spring, summer and fall

Tulista Boat Ramp, Sidney, BC

Tulista Boat Ramp – there is only 1 dock available during the winter months

Van Isle Marina – 2320 Harbour Rd in Sidney. Sheltered ramp in Shoal Harbour. Access to Haro Strait. Docks. Fee charged.  Website: Van Isle Marina

Van Isle Marina launch Ramp

Van Isle Marina launch Ramp

Saanich Inlet

Brentwood Bay On the Tarstlip Indian Reserve – #1 Boat Ramp Rd, Brentwood Bay off West Saanich Road, left on Verdier, right on Peden, left on Boat Ramp Rd. Access to Saanich Inlet. Single ramp and dock.  Good parking. Fee charged.

Goldstream Boathouse – 3540 Trans Canada Hwy (Highway 1), just north of Goldstream Park. Access to Saanich Inlet. Docks. Fee charged.  Website: Goldstream Boathouse

Central Saanich

Island View Beach – Take the Pat Bay Highway to Island View Rd in Central Saanich.  Follow the road right down to the beach.  This is a rough, poorly maintained boat ramp and may be covered in debris at times.  It is also very exposed to south easterly winds.  There is good parking but it can be very busy on nice days.  Access to Haro Strait.  No Charge.

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Island View Beach Boat Ramp

Sooke

Sooke Community Boat Ramp at 6933 W Coast Rd in Sooke.  Access to Sooke Harbour and Juan de Fuca Strait.  Large double wide ramp and docks. Fee Charged at pay station.  Website:  Sooke Community Boat Launch

Elk Lake

Brookleigh Boat Launch – At the north end of Elk Lake off Brookleigh Rd, turn left at Sayward Rd off the Pat Bay Hwy to access. No Charge.  Note: there are restrictions for motor size and towing on Elk and Beaver Lakes.  For a list of the regulations, click this link: Elk Lake Boating Regulations

Mill Bay

Mill Bay Boat Launch – The Mill Bay boat launch is located at the end of Handy Road adjacent to the marina.  This ramp is not recommended for use at Low Tides. Turn right off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Deloume Road, right onto Mill Bay Road, left onto Handy Road.  Good parking. No Fees.

Mill Bay Boat Ramp

Mill Bay Boat Ramp

Shawnigan Lake

Shawnigan Lake Boat Launch – Located in Shawnigan Wharf Park in Shawnigan Lake.  Turn left off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Road. Go straight through the intersection then left onto Heald Road and right onto Thrush Road. Single ramp, dock, limited parking. No Fees.

Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay Boat Launch – The launch is located beside Hecate Park in Cowichan Bay. Turn right off theTrans-Canada Highway onto Koksilah Road. Left onto Cowichan Bay Road through the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. On the right hand side, across from Wessex Road.  Good parking. No Fees.

Cowichan Bay Boat Ramp

Cowichan Bay Boat Ramp

 

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Bruce is an avid sea kayaker and whitewater paddler, a writer and photograher. He and his wife Linda RV full time, love to explore, hike, paddle, bike and write about their adventures.

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