Vancouver Island sailing trips – Sidney fishing

Come and join your skipper Darren Tomlin for an instruction to sailing in the sun! Select an afternoon sailing trip (12 noon departure), sunset dinner cruise (4pm departure) or an overnight cruise. Our Vancouver Island sailing and fishing trips are enjoyed in our own "Desiderata", a 37 foot C&C sail boat located blocks from the guest house at the port of Sidney. This elegant vessel sleeps two couples in private staterooms.

Imagine packing a overnight bag, boarding Desiderata with the sun on your face. Your skipper has provisioned the boat with fresh fruit and smoked salmon. There's a well-equipped galley where your skipper/chef Darren will prepare delicious West coast meals.

Vancouver Island afternoon of sailing

Sailing the beautiful Gulf Islands is easy and fun. Sidney BC is conveniently located near both Salt Spring and Pender Islands. We can visit the island of Sidney Spit and small protected bays where we can anchor, enjoy the sun and watch the local wildlife. Expect to see some of the abundant marine wildlife including seals, herons, otters, porpoises and the occasional pod of killer whales. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are also provided. This instructional cruise will give you an opportunity to hoist sails, work the deck and have an introduction to navigation and boat safety. (Darren is certified by Sail Canada.)

Fishing: we bring crab traps and fishing rods and often catch fresh seafood and enjoy it onboard, or you can cook your catch on the bed and breakfast barbecue.

Rate: $125 pp* tax/fees. (~ 3 hours) Three person minimum.

Vancouver Island sailing dinner cruises

Your skipper Darren is an experienced chef having run a mountain lodge and restaurant for ten years, so come expecting a taste of fine West coast cuisine as you sail through the Gulf Islands. We'll start with an instructional sail with the wind in your face as you trim the sails and be part of the crew. Then we find a secluded bay to anchor for a sunset dinner on board Desiderata. 

Rate: $175 pp* + tax/fees (~ 3 hours, with dinner) Three person minimum.

Vancouver Island overnight sailing cruises

       Rate: $450 pp* + tax/fees.

       For longer overnight trips see our Packages


        Sailing instruction include:

  • An introduction to sailing, starting with safety and emergency procedures
  • Boating terminology
  • Sail operation - furling and unfurling the sail; and operating under engine power
  • Navigational skills and positioning with GPS or charts
  • Examination of tides and currents
  • Overview of certification if you choose to pursue sailing, e.g. PCOC - Pleasure Craft Operator's Card and CYA - Canadian Yachting Association certification
  • Options of where to go such as local well-known areas, hidden coves, exploration, Sidney fishing or crabbing hotspots.


       If you enjoy eco tourism, take a look at the varied activities on Vancouver Island.

      For further sailing we recommend Island Cruising Yacht Charters and Cooper Boating Charters.

      Had a wonderful time in your lovely, clean suite. The bikes were a nice plus, but the sailboat ride was absolute bliss.” Les & Carolyn
       “Darren, thanks for so much fun. The room is beautifully set-up, the food excellent and the sailboat trip in the evening was “prizeless”. Loved the    catch of fish too. Thanks for making our trip to Sidney memorable!”
       “Thanks for a fabulous cruise on the Deserata with great food and even whale sighting! Carolyn & Glen, Ontario

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