Chapter 12 - Fraser River, Vancouver & Howe Sound

In the northeast corner of Boundary Bay, a marked channel leads to the tip of the Nicomekl River and the community of Crescent Beach. The Crescent Beach Marina is close to area attractions and activities – swim at the beach, golf, shop, dine on Beecher Street, or visit Historic Stewart Farm. Another river community to visit is Steveston on the south arm of the Fraser River. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard both recall the heydays of fishing and boatbuilding. Up the River about 14 miles from Sand Heads, is the largest boatyard in B.C., Shelter Island Marina & Boat Yard. On the opposite shore, Bridgeview Marine in Delta is another resource for boaters with new and used boats, engines and outboards as well as parts and marine services.  If the bright lights of Vancouver beckon, you’ll find marinas right in the heart of the action in False Creek and Coal Harbour. Granville Island, Stanley Park, Robson Street, Chinatown, and so many more Vancouver attractions guarantee that you’ll be back again and again. Across Vancouver Harbour, North Vancouver offers plenty of things to do, as well. Take a trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, visit the Lonsdale Quay Market and shops, walk the landmark Pier or the North Shore Spirit Trail. The city also offers chandleries, bare boat rentals and yacht charters, boatyards, complete yacht repair and upgrade services and moorage at marinas like Mosquito Creek Marina and Lynnwood Marina. To the west in Howe Sound is Bowen Island. Snug Cove is the hub of the island and the site of a ferry landing and marina whose name recalls the Union Steamship Company who, until the mid-1900’s brought passengers to this lovely island get away.

Union Steamship MarinaMosquito Creek MarinaLynnwood MarinaCrescent Beach MarinaShelter Island Marina & BoatyardFalse Creek Harbour AuthorityFraser Fibreglass, Ltd.

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Bridgeview Marine

Crescent Beach Marina

False Creek Harbour Authority


Now in its 39th year, Northwest Boat Travel is a unique cruising guide containing twenty geographically arranged chapters presenting descriptions and useful information about the ports-of-call, anchorages, bays, inlets, waterways, marine parks, marina and resort facilities, fuel docks, services, and things to see and do along coasts and islands of Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska.