brewpubs: Howe Sound Brewing.
Here is some Howe Sound cruise information and details on how to fully experience the new Squamish from sea to sky.
Getting to Squamish The cruise
route from the Strait of Georgia to Howe
Sound is fairly direct. Three possible
starting points for the journey north include Gibsons, Horseshoe Bay or Snug
Cove, Bowen Island. Note that there is
no fuel station in Squamish so consider
topping up at Horseshoe Bay or Lions
Bay on the way. Also note that Howe
Sound is a deep glacier-carved fjord
with depths reaching 700 feet, which
means past Porteau Cove there are no
anchorages recommended for spending
a night on the hook. During the summer,
you can moor overnight at Lions Cove
Cruising Howe Sound past Porteau
Cove on the east shore, note the communities at Landing and Furry
Creek, home of the scenic Furry Creek
Golf Country Club. Next up is the old
mine at Britannia Beach and then, looking northwest, you will see Woodfibre,
site of a pulp mill that closed in 2006.
Rounding Watts Point leads to Shannon
Falls, the Sea to Sky Gondola, and finally
the Stawamus Chief (called The Chief)
above the eastern shore.
Before entering Mamquam Blind Channel, the easternmost channel, note that
Chart 3534 is helpful and that Squamish
Harbour is a working harbour. Keep a
watch for boom boats, tugboats and other
commercial craft. Deep keelboats should
enter on high tide only. Try to enter in the
morning before noon (less inflow wind).
Enter Mamquam Blind Channel right
of centre, and parallel the east shore
fairly close. When past the yellow-topped
pylon by the boom grounds, aim at the
green pylon on the west side of the channel. Once past the pylon, steer toward the
public and SYC docks in the distance. At
issue is the soft sandbar that shifts over
time. It may sound complicated but the
way is well-marked.
For additional navigation information call Squamish Harbour Authority,
Catherine Lea-Smith at 604-892-3725 or
the Squamish Yacht Club port captain at
Harbour Authority of Squamish
The Harbour Authority and Squamish
Yacht Club marinas have a combined 800
feet of visitor space. The public docks are
to the south, and SYC marina is on the
The Squamish Spit
is a world-class kiteboarding venue.