Vancouver Island, British Columbia
has lots of rain and occasionally snow in the winter, but the conditions are mild enough that harbors don't freeze and it is umcommon for boats to be hauled for the winter. Here in Portland
, where our boat is moored, I close the through-hulls and put antifreeze
into the engine's raw water
circuit, sink and head
drains. We are in the midst of the coldest spell this winter, low 20s at night and high 30s during the day.
There are many fine marinas
state and British Columbia
. On Vancouver Island, Victoria harbor is very downtown but a bit busy for most live-aboards, but Oak Bay Marina nearby might be a possibility. Many cruisers wintering in the area stay in Nanaimo (about 1 hr north of Victoria on the bus), a charming town with reasonable facilities and a number of cruising destinations accessible even in winter.
I'm not sure we are talking about the same place --is there a Vancouver Island on the East Coast
? Will you be cruising here, or chartering? If I knew more about your plans and interests I could give better advice.