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You should purchase a Current Atlas and Vol 5 of Tide and Current Tables. The Atlas can be used with the Tide Tables for Point Atkinson, or with Murray's Tables or Washburne's Tables. These are available at any chandler such as Steveston or WM. They are a part of any boat's navigational publications.
The Altas has a section (Part C)in the back for forecasting the currents in the Sand Heads area which are heavily dependent on the flow of the Fraser River as a result of snow melt and rainfall.
Coming from Point Roberts will require that you are very careful is avoiding Roberts Bank which extends at great distance offshore. It is marked with nav aids.
The trip from Sand Heads to Steveston requires special caution as you can get rough seas developing from strong winds over Roberts Bank.
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