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Sidney Spit Marine Park

The Easter weekend in April marked our first sailing trip of the season. A 4 1/2 hour motor-sail was a a gentle introduction to the boating season. Because we live aboard, we don’t have to worry about forgetting to bring an essential piece of equipment, but we inevitably forget a key provision. This time it was cheese, but that didn’t deter us from having a relaxing weekend in the near-deserted anchorage.

Sidney Spit is a popular boating destination in the Southern Gulf Islands due to its proximity to several marinas in the Sidney, BC area and a popular water taxi operated during the summer months.  Bordered by Sidney Channel to the west and Miners Channel to the east, Sidney Island is 9 kms (5.6 miles) long with a long, sandy spit at the northern end.

Sidney Spit looking towards Miners Channel at low tide

A shallow bar protects the entrance to the inner anchorage, so mind your speed and depth sounder when entering the anchorage. We prefer to anchor a little further out to avoid the worry of grounding. The anchorage has the perfect depth for dropping a crab trap, but there is a strong current that flows through due to the anchorage’s proximity to the narrows at the northern tip of Sidney Island. Therefore, give crab traps a wide berth in order to avoid snagging the line on your prop. The float marking the trap is often pulled quite a distance away from the location of the trap due to the strong current.

Sidney Spit during July and August is too busy for our liking. Cigar boats zip up and down Sidney Channel creating an uncomfortable wake for anchored boats. However, on this weekend in April, it was perfect.