Originally Posted by seayalatermoonglow
There are thousands of good spots along the coast Ira. I assume your interested in your area from Victoria to Nanaimo. A real good starting point would be to get a copy of the Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Volume I. It's well worth the cost and it covers the main anchorages in your area with nice hand drawings, good descriptions and well written. Welcome to Sailnet.
There's good advice for you.
For a start.. Wallace Island is close by and always a good spot. It would help to know what boat you're on - what you draw will have a bearing on what areas you can sneak into or not.. for instance Conover Cove in Wallace is a bit shallow (at the entrance and at the ends of the bay) whereas Princess Bay a little to the NW is better.
Montague Harbour on Galiano is another popular spot, busy but a good park, some mooring buoys as well as an anchoring area, some of the best sunsets on the West coast from the shell beach.
James Bay on Prevost is another great stop in settled weather, and many of the other arms on Prevost are good fair weather anchorages but most are all private foreshore..James Bay is a park preserve.
Russell Island near Fulford Harbour is another summertime anchorage with a bit of history to go with it (buy the guides!)
Slightly NW you've got the north edge of Thetis Island in settled weather, and further still Ruxton and DeCourcy islands have some very nice spots to stop.
No shortage.. all easy weekend destinations.