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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.