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Re: Silva Bay restraurant and beer and wine store.
Silva has those two disadvantages, IMO... busy, and it will be windier than nearly any other nearby anchorage. Pages Marina (South) only has one reciprocal slip and it's often booked ahead. We generally go to Pages.. it (was) an easy walk to the restaurant.. Silva Bay Marina has slips that various yacht clubs 'reserve' for the season, but those are typically not available as 'reciprocals' with those clubs (few 'outstations' are)
Much of the marina to the north is too shallow for keelboats. Silva's main positive is its being outside the tidal gates.
Pirates is a popular spot, usually less windy but we find the holding there rather marginal and if a real blow comes up many of the stern tied boats will be in a precarious position, across the breeze. Also Pirates can be brutal ashore for mosquitoes and at least a few boats a year find the reef extensions in mid cove.
Herring bay on nearby Ruxton is our preferred spot unless a big NW breeze is expected. We poked our nose into 'Boat harbour' last summer.. too many KEEP OUT signs and NO MOORAGE... very unwelcoming.
Degnen is indeed packed up with resident mooring balls, and it's a difficult spot to anchor because the currents are so varied that few boats 'pull' in the same direction at the same time.
Another option in the area is anchoring behind Kendrick Island on the south side of Gabriola Pass entrance.. There's a WVYC outstation there but room for a few boats on the hook. And part way through the pass on Valdes Is is a recently created marine park, Wake Cove(?) with a dinghy dock and an interesting walk ashore. We've spent the night there before.
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