Cruising Grounds

World-Class Cruising Grounds

Cruising from Tula’s home port in North Saanich Marina near Sidney, B.C., we sail in and around some of the premier cruising grounds in the world. From the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, and the San Juan Islands in Washington State, we cruise in the protected lee of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula. This is an uncrowded sailing paradise with warm, gentle breezes most of the year and line-of-sight travel through picturesque islands using careful, planned navigation principles.

Navigation Map Gulf Islands

Explore the Gulf Islands

There are over a dozen large islands lying between Vancouver Island and the mainland just north of Victoria, B.C. The area’s mild Mediterranean climate, sheltered bays, and dramatic coastlines make it a sailor’s paradise.

The Gulf Islands and surrounding ocean are rich with ecologically diverse with plants and sea life including Garry oaks, wild lilies, kelp beds, and orcas, the world’s largest dolphin.

For more information on the Gulf Islands, visit the Gulf Island Guide here.

Contact Peter for more information regarding sailing through the Gulf Islands!

Explore the Victoria/Sooke Area

Victoria is on the southern most tip of Vancouver Island and 30 minutes away from Tula’s home port in Sidney making it an easy detour before or after your sail on Tula.

Here you can find beautiful hiking trails, transient orca whales, and plenty of fishing to enjoy.

Contact Peter for more information regarding sailing through the Victoria/Sooke area!

Navigation Map
Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island

Explore Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound is a boater’s paradise. Sailors enjoy the beautiful views and calm waters throughout the year.

On the coast, sailors can explore the islands and coves that make up the shoreline. These warm waters are ideal for swimming and scuba diving due to the ecologically rich areas.

Contact Peter for more information regarding sailing through Desolation Sound!

Explore Vancouver Island

Tula circumnavigates Vancouver Island on occasion. Stopping along in different ports, Tula will pick up sailors along the way for different courses.

From the South to the North, Vancouver Island is surrounded with natural beauty and wildlife offering a different adventure at every stop.

Contact Peter for more information regarding sailing around Vancouver Island!

Vancouver Island Navigation
Vancouver Island Sailing

Explore B.C. Central Coast & Inside Passage

The Inside Passage is a coastal route for boats to travel throughout the Pacific North West Coast. This route extends from Southeastern Alaska throughout British Columbia into the Northwestern Washington State allowing sailors to avoid bad weather in the open ocean.

The Canadian Inside Passage extends for 40,000km of coastline sheltered from the Pacific winds and waves by the surrounding islands. The area is a highly popular tourist route because of the wildlife and opportunities for boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

For more information about cruising the Inside Passage, please contact Peter!

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