Originally Posted by gordwedman
My favorite harbours are Montague and Ganges. You can go for nice walks in both places and Ganges has lots of things to see. Have not stayed in marinas in either place though. Nanaimo certainly has a good harbour and things to see and do. If you go further north I would recommend Pender Harbour. There lots of smaller anchorages
but these are a little more interesting ashore. Have a good trip.
+1 on some of these suggestions.
At Montague on Galiano Island you will find a well protected anchorage off the marine
park or there is a marina we have used. Go up to the road from the marina and the Hummingbird Pub bus comes around once or twice an hour. Fun ride and you'll enjoy the restaurant.
Ganges on Saltspring also very interesting. Lots of places to eat, groceries, bars, etc.
Sidney is another good stop.
Across the strait highly recommend Snug Cove on Bowen Island. Quaint marina with excellent facilities and very good restaurants. Cute spot.
Gibsons has a nice marina and you can go to Molly's for supper. Try the scallops.
Further north Pender Harbour is a great spot. We've stayed at Garden Bay Marina. Well protected. Good restaurant.
Lund is also a spot I would stop. Good marina and you can tie up to the floating breakwater if the slips are full and dinghy
a short distance to the dinghy dock
. Highly recommend the Boardwalk for a meal and you have to have cinnamon buns at Nancy's Bakery. Interesting historic Lund Hotel
. Has Ghosts apparently, although we stayed there on a recent motorcycle trip and no visitors!
Desolation Sound is not that much further north and you could try Prideaux Haven, Refuge Cove or Squirrel Cove.
Lots of other places besides this, but these are the ones that we've been at.