Canada & USA - Northwest Pacific

Yacht Charter Canada & USA - Northwest Pacific

A true adventure!

Vancouver in Canada is the perfect starting point for sailing to the Sunshine Coast, the Desolation Sound, the Gulf Islands or the San Juan Islands (USA) which are even further down south. This sailing are has a number of nature and marine parks to offer, and very often, whales and dolphins can be seen here. A true adventure for nature lovers!

The bases Anacortes Marina and Skyline Marina at the northwest Pacific coast of the USA are located on Fidalgo Island. These bases are about 90 miles in the south of Vancouver and in the north of Seattle.

The sailing area around Anacortes offers many islands in protected waters and beautiful landscapes as well as pleasant temperatures all year round. From May to Septmeber, you have the possibility to observe many animals: at Reid Harbour, herds of killer whales can be spotted, especially in early Summer.

Stuart Island is very interesting for hikers and nature lovers. The many boutiques, shops and restaurants in Friday harbour provide a nice break to sailing. Sail to Victoria and check in at customs, you can have a look at the duty free shops or visit one of the nice museums or gourmet restaurants in this fascinating capital city of the province.

Itinerary

A: 2 weeks (approx. 412 nm)

Weather/Wind

The best time for sailing is from May to September.

Vancouver: There are mostly calm and sheltered waters. Wind with forces of approx. 2-4 Bft., mostly coming from the west/northwest. Please note that  the tidal range is between 2 to 6 meters!

Anacortes: SE- to SW-Winds of about 1–4 Bft. Tidal range is between 3–4 m, local currents from 4–5 knots.

Temperatures on average

Daily temperatures in Winter are approx. 25 °C, around this time the nights get really cool! Hurricane season is from June to November (especially from August-October!)

Arrival/Transfer

Vancouver (Kanada): Airport Vancouver to Vancouver base 14 km (30 min), to Island Sidney 6 km (15 min.), to Island Nanaimo 130 km (1 hr 40 min) or per water aircraft coming from Vancouver.

Anacortes (USA): Airport Seattle to Anacortes 153 km (2 hrs).

Charter bases

Vancouver, Powell River, Sidney, Anacortes, Skyline.