Explore offshore islands, see wildlife, and enjoy an on-board picnic
Cruise around the islands of the Ballenas-Winchelsea archipelago, visit an active eagle’s nest, and spot harbour seals lounging on rocky shores. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the snowcapped Coast mountains, a historic lighthouse, and the possibility of spotting whales and dolphins in the open Strait. Anchoring in a sheltered bay, we’ll turn off the engine to enjoy a peaceful picnic, and opportunity for swimming if desired.
Guests supply their own food. We are happy to make recommendations for local eateries and delis that provide picnic fare. Our galley is fully stocked with all the supplies you need to enjoy your on-board feast.
Nanoose Bay is a rural community of 5,000 residents, located between the cities of Nanaimo and Parksville. Fairwinds Marina is located at
3521 Dolphin Drive.
Driving from Parksville: 13kms from Resort Drive ~14 minutes south
Driving from Nanaimo: 30kms from Departure Bay Ferry terminal ~30 minutes north
Free parking at the marina
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