Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, Canada

Sailing vacations

3
Sailing experience level
ICC RYA
Day Skipper

Get back to nature

Warm summer winds, changeable weather and a treasure trove of islands, inlets, fjords and rivers to explore mean Vancouver Island sets sailors’ pulses racing. With stunning panoramic vistas providing the backdrop to a blend of island hopping, coastal exploration and ocean-style cruising on the Salish Sea, the Pacific Northwest ranks among the finest cruising grounds on Earth.

Nature-rich Vancouver Island is home to Sunsail’s Canadian base. Rugged Vancouver Island offers fantastic hiking on well-maintained trails, spectacular views, and excellent sport fishing. It's also home to some truly remarkable wildlife including wolves, black bears and cougars, while offshore sea otters frolic in beds of kelp, pods of orcas hunt for food and migratory whales pass within sight of shore.

Sail out into the Salish Sea from Vancouver Island to visit the marine parks and secluded anchorages of the Gulf Islands, where whales and dolphins are often spotted. Sail into Desolation Sound for isolated fjords, towering mountains and spectacular wildlife. Head east from Vancouver Island and you’ll reach the USA’s fir-covered San Juan Islands. Warm weather, fresh air, soaring bald eagles and cruising killer whales are the islands’ calling cards.

Please note: During peak season (July - August 31) charters are available to start from Saturday only and only multiples of 7 nights are allowed. Please contact our vacation planners for further information and booking.

Suggested bareboat itineraries

Charter a yacht from Vancouver Island and enjoy the adventurous sailing on offer from one of the planet’s best cruising grounds. Explore British Columbia on your own terms and sail the Salish Sea in the company of the region’s spectacular wildlife. The freedom to cruise the waters of British Columbia and Washington State at your own pace—ideal for experienced sailors with a taste for adventure.

Vancouver Island one-week bareboat

  • Adventurous sailing
  • Hike Mount Norman
  • Floral displays of Butchart Gardens
  • Stunning natural beauty and wildlife
  • Explore coves, fjords and marine parks
  • Kayaking, hiking, whale watching, fishing
Itinerary details

Experience required

Sailing experience level
3
At least 20 days or 400 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Level 3 destinations are our most challenging. Suitable only for confident, experienced sailors, Level 3 destinations offer long spells of open water sailing, broad tidal ranges, strong winds and remote anchorages.

Qualifications required

ICC
International Certificate of Competence
RYA
Day Skipper

To sail in this destination you'll need at least an ICC or an RYA Day Skipper qualification or above.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Sailing conditions

Max temp
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Min temp
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Avg precipitation
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Avg wind speed
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Dominant wind direction
Victoria Airport (Canada)
January43341406NW
February46361506NW
March50371107SE
April54411007SE
May6148706ESE
June6652606ESE
July7055406ESE
August7257506ESE
September6452705SE
October55451005SE
November46372006SE
December43341607W

Address

10990 Madrona Drive,
North Saanich,
BC Canada V8L 5R7

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Nearest airport
Victoria International

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Destinations worldwide

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Flotilla routes

48
Types of yachts

40 yrs
Creating holidays

4 hr
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