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Old 16-08-2013, 12:15   #1
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The best fresh water in BC gulf islands

Heading north in a week or so from Washington State. Will be out for a minimum of two weeks (wx permitting). Will need to water up a couple times while in the Gulf Islands. Seeking opinions on fresh water availability and quality... Which are the best spots. Perhaps some of our Canadian friends will speak up.

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Re: The best fresh water in BC gulf islands

Not speaking from firsthand experience arriving by boat, but being a local who has travelled to the gulf islands...

Saltspring should have decent water.facilities, as should pender. Saturna probably not so much given how much of it is park land and marine preservation area. Theyre all pretty close together and if you have a hard time go to the sidney marina, they are tapped into victorias water supply and its well equipped for even very large sailboats of significant draft.

Avoid the government docks as they rarely have water unless they provide permanent or transient moorage. Most of the ones next to a ferry terminal are merely strips for loading and unloading only with no facilities at all. You might have time to walk up to the villiage that springs up by the ferry terminal and back before someone is waiting (or yelling) that they need the space to tie up and load or unload. If you really want to walk around and have the space, stern tie to give yourself more time.
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Old 29-08-2013, 09:39   #3
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Re: The best fresh water in BC gulf islands

If you are up around Ladysmith, the Ladysmith Maritime Society is a good place to tie up for a couple of hours free, do some shopping, and get water. Ganges Government dock will also allow a couple of hours free tie up and water is available.
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