Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, Canada

Sailing holidays

15 °C
Average temperature (Jun-Sept)
3
Sailing experience level
ICC RYA
Day Skipper

Get back to nature

Warm summer winds, changeable weather and a treasure trove of islands, inlets, fjords and rivers to explore mean Vancouver Island sets sailors’ pulses racing. With stunning panoramic vistas providing the backdrop to a blend of island hopping, coastal exploration and ocean-style cruising on the Salish Sea, the Pacific Northwest ranks among the finest cruising grounds on Earth.

Nature-rich Vancouver Island is home to Sunsail’s Canadian base. Rugged Vancouver Island offers fantastic hiking on well-maintained trails, spectacular views, and excellent sport fishing. It's also home to some truly remarkable wildlife including wolves, black bears and cougars, while offshore sea otters frolic in beds of kelp, pods of orcas hunt for food and migratory whales pass within sight of shore.

Sail out into the Salish Sea from Vancouver Island to visit the marine parks and secluded anchorages of the Gulf Islands, where whales and dolphins are often spotted. Sail into Desolation Sound for isolated fjords, towering mountains and spectacular wildlife. Head east from Vancouver Island and you’ll reach the USA’s fir-covered San Juan Islands. Warm weather, fresh air, soaring bald eagles and cruising killer whales are the islands’ calling cards.

Suggested bareboat itineraries

Charter a yacht from Vancouver Island and enjoy the adventurous sailing on offer from one of the planet’s best cruising grounds. Explore British Columbia on your own terms and sail the Salish Sea in the company of the region’s spectacular wildlife. The freedom to cruise the waters of British Columbia and Washington State at your own pace—ideal for experienced sailors with a taste for adventure.

Vancouver Island one-week bareboat

  • Adventurous sailing
  • Hike Mount Norman
  • Floral displays of Butchart Gardens
  • Stunning natural beauty and wildlife
  • Explore coves, fjords and marine parks
  • Kayaking, hiking, whale watching, fishing
Itinerary details
Sailing School

Sailing schools

Learn to sail at one of our bases. From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Thailand to Australia, or even a bit closer to home at our Port Solent base, our RYA qualified instructors teach you all the skills you’ll need on your sailing holiday.

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Experience required

Sailing experience level
3
At least 20 days or 400 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Level 3 destinations are our most challenging. Suitable only for confident, experienced sailors, Level 3 destinations offer long spells of open water sailing, broad tidal ranges, strong winds and remote anchorages.

Qualifications required

ICC
International Certificate of Competence
RYA
Day Skipper

To sail in this destination you'll need at least an ICC or an RYA Day Skipper qualification or above.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Sailing conditions

Max temp
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Min temp
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Avg precipitation
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Avg wind speed
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Dominant wind direction
Qualicum Beach Airport (Canada)
January611405ESE
February821505ESE
March1031106ESE
April1251006NNW
May169705E
June1911605E
July2113405NNW
August2214504NNW
September1811705NW
October1371005ESE
November832005ESE
December611605SE

Address

101-9776 Fourth Street

Port Sidney Marina

Sidney, BC Canada V8L 2Z1

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun: 8.30am-5pm

Nearest airport
Victoria International

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