Michael, just want to add dittos for Plumper Cove and Halkett Bay. Expect youíll have those anchorages
to yourself this time of year. We also like Port Graves, plenty room to anchor
in reasonable depth
, but like Halkett it can get a little unsteady in the inflow. Nice trails. North shore of Mackenzie Cove, off Centre Bay, is also a nice spot to stern tie for a couple days, but maybe because we had it peacefully to ourselves during the summer.
We like the marina, etc at Snug Cove, but not crazy about anchoring
in Mannion Bay which can be congested with permanent moorings and floats hogging areas with decent anchoring depth
, at least during the summer months. Might be fine now.
If you visit False Creek, you do need a pass to anchor
, but itís free for two weeks. Anchor as close as you can to whatever public dock
you most want to visit, then you can row your dinghy
, leaving your motor
safe on your boat. With the possible exception of the public dock
at Granville Island, visiting and local cruisers rarely leave a small dinghy motor
unattended in False Creek, and motorless dinghies typically have a good locking system, such as a cable that is not easy to cut.
We really like False Creek, and itís a lovely place from which to see Vancouver. I donít know theft statistics, or if cruisers are overly cautious, but when in Rome...