We have a very innovative approach to Outstations, and the most active cruising calendar in the Lower Mainland, cruising from the San Juans to Alaska and everywhere in between, for weekends and longer-term cruises. We have several signature events cruises each year, plus member-planned and ad-hoc cruising opportunities. Come and join us!
Many club cruises have a special theme that reflects member interests, such as a pub crawl or hiking-focus – you’ll see them all in the calendar, or you can plan one of your own.
If you want to learn more about boating, you’re in the right place to learn or get better an everything from anchoring and stern-tying to trip planning, weather forecasting, boat maintenance, and safety.
Bowen Island Outstation
- Our outstation is located at Dock E2 at Union Steamship Marina on Bowen Island, which is the first set of fingers immediately beyond the long public doc to the west of the ferry terminal. It includes 240’ ft of dock space for Active & Cruising members
- $5/night charge for each 30A circuit (must be paid to USSC marina when you sign in)
- First come, first serve
- Rafting allowed
- You must show membership card and fly burgee
FCYC has evolved our Cruising stations program to provide the best bang for your membership buck, including an exciting reimbursement program for your moorage fees!
- 11 marinas located along the west coast and Gulf Islands are easily accessed by all for destination cruising, and good time social gatherings.
- Unlike traditional outstation programs, none of these require volunteer time to maintain them in the Spring or Fall!
- Advance reservations are recommended using the contact information below.
- Active and Cruising members can receive a reimbursement as shown in the Member Benefits table, subject to annual budget and review.
Nanaimo Port Authority
Downtown amenities adjacent to the marina, easy access to the beautiful mid-island region and engaging Port staff ensure that boaters’ experience exceeds expectations. Repeat boaters tell us: “Nanaimo, it’s a must stop and it’s amazing what you can do here!” There is no shortage of enticing activities to enjoy on the land adjoining Nanaimo’s waterfront. From relaxing seaside walks to dining, shopping or enjoying an evening of theater, life on the seaside of the ‘Harbor City’ offers point of interest at every turn.
Otter Bay Marina, North Pender Island
Situated in the heart of the Gulf Islands on the North End of Pender Island, Otter Bay Marina is the perfect stop on a multi-port whether boating as a couple, with kids, or as a group. Amenities include 1 heated family pool, 1 heated adults only pool, Boat & kayak launch, excellent showers, dog lawn, laundry facilities, free wireless internet and good cell signal on the docks and throughout the grounds, Marina Store & Cafe, golf shuttle, scooter rentals, Dog Mermaid Kayak, Pender Island Golf course, Roesland, Gulf Islands National Park, Pender Islands Museum, Hiking Trails, whale viewing platform with BBQ, outdoor seating areas with firepits, enclosed gazebo for private parties and nearby Currents Cottages. BC Ferries offers regular service to Pender Island, moments away from the Marina. Float plane service is available from Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle.
Page’s Resort & Marina, Silva Bay, Gabriola Island
This full-service marina offers WiFi, 30 & 50 amp power, year-round fuel, washrooms & laundry, and fully stocked store. It overlooks the Flat Top Islands and provides seaside cottages and campgrounds in pristine grounds surrounded by forests and protected waters for cycling, golf, hiking kayaking, diving, and fishing
Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island
This inviting marina is open May through September and offers a general store, espresso coffee bar, fuel dock, laundromat, and very clean washrooms and showers. It is situated on the sunny side of a well-protected bay. The park-like setting provides plenty of room to roam, play, picnic, and beachcomb.
Ganges Marina, Salt Spring Island
Offers 15, 30 and 50 amp power, water, ice, wifi, laundry, clean showers, toilets and garbage. Pump out available at the government docks. Restaurants, cafes, shops, marine repair, full-service hair salon, car and scooter rentals, and the award-winning Hastings House restaurant are all nearby.
Port Browning - North Pender Island
Located at the head of the spectacular Browning Harbour on Pender Island, the marina offers a convenience store, laundry and shower facilities, tent and RV camping, seasonal outdoor pool, ATM, WiFi, a Pub, Bridgeman’s Bistro, kayak rentals and convenient access to local shopping.
John Henry’s Marina, Pender Harbour
On-site facilities for mariners, include a unique country General Store (open 7 days a week year round) that includes a liquor store, fresh produce & groceries, an ATM, propane, ice (party and block, made on-site), gifts and fishing & boating supplies. A cafe with in-house made breakfast sandwiches, soup & chili, fresh salads and assorted sandwiches plus our famous ice cream best enjoyed on the oceanfront deck. There are washrooms with showers, laundry, fresh water, garbage & recycling and restaurants nearby, as well as four comfortable, cozy oceanfront cottages and a 4-bedroom house available year-round.
Gorge Harbour, Desolation Sound
On Cortes Island at the edge of Desolation Sound, this resort provides a pool with hot tubs, fully stocked grocery and liquor store, marine fuel and fishing supplies, 30 and 50 amp power, laundry, picnic areas, and the Floathouse Restaurant open all day with a great deck and lovely views. Great hiking and exploring, beach walks, shellfish harvesting and more await. Accommodations include a lodge, poolside cottage, and self-contained trailers, and camping.
Gibsons Marina Or Government Dock
Located at the edge of Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia. Gibsons Marina has 380 slips for vessels up to 85 ft with more space available at the Government Dock run by the Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority. Amenities include power, water, ice showers, laundry, wifi, garbage and a marina chandlery. The marina is within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Local bus and taxi service is available as well as co-op car shares and car rentals.
FCYC is part of the extensive reciprocal program of marinas and clubhouse facilities made available to their members all over the world. Cruise the waters close by, or far offshore, and enjoy discounted moorage rates to make that getaway boating vacation just that much more affordable and enjoyable for all!
Our volunteer committees organize numerous weekends and/or longer boating cruises through the year in our spectacular west coast waterways. We have a couple of Signature Cruises each year including Sail Past, our Season Opening at Bowen Island and a 2-week Summer Cruise where the destination changes annually, and lots in between.
- We try to keep our cruises accessible and interesting for sailboats as well as power, with all offering a great time and fresh experiences for new members, alongside our more “Seasoned Salts”.
- Destinations have included the Broughtons, Desolation Sound, San Juan & Gulf Islands, Indian Arm, Bowen Island, and Howe Sound. We also have members who head to Alaska and circumnavigate Vancouver Island – we all love to cruise!
- Cruise themes include for special interests such as pub crawls and wine-tastings, foodie cruises, hiking, golf, or kayak-friendly cruises, and more.
- Getting involved with planning the cruises is a great way to meet fellow boaters.
Cruising parties seem to follow the boating attitude, and we are blessed with a lot of that attitude at FCYC, whether at our False Creek Party Dock, Bowen Outstation, on the docks at our Cruising Outstations, or as Happy Hour when afloat or rafted up in a remote location. Crab cook-offs, potlucks, wine tastings, murder mystery, fishing derbys, themed parties and holiday events are all good times to look forward to! Watch the calendar and consider planning one this year!
Plan a Club Cruise
Does this sound intimidating? Its easier than you think! Just download this step-by-step Club cruise planner, put together by trial and error by the folks who’ve arranged a lot of great cruises over the years.
Links of Interest
- Canadian Coast Guard
- Council of BC Yacht Clubs
- Marine Parks Forever Society
- Georgia Strait Alliance
- Apply for your fishing license online
- Boating Etiquette
- Green Boating
- Safe Boating and mandatory safety equipment
- Trip Planning resources
- How to Stern Tie
- Marine Ethics for Anchoring, Waste, and Camping
Early in the 1990’s The Council of B.C. Yacht Clubs, through its members, embarked upon the task of formulating a catalogue of safe anchorages throughout the coast of British Columbia Intended for the specific use of small vessels where there would be reasonable confidence of secure anchoring on arrival and a peaceful night.