Columbia Cove, BC
Columbia Cove might be our favorite anchorage on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The scenery is beautiful and undisturbed, a hike leads through the woods to a magnificent sandy beach, and, on a counter-clockwise circumnavigation around Vancouver Island, arrival in Columbia Cove means Brooks Peninsula is behind you!
The mooring buoys shown on many charts are gone, but there’s lots of room to anchor. The most protected anchorage is north of the unnamed island. Approach the eastern portion of Columbia Cove carefully; it’s full of poorly charted rocks. Also use caution off the drying flats, which shoal rapidly. Holding is fair over a rocky, weedy bottom and depths are only 10-20 feet.
If the inner anchorage is too crowded, anchor south of the unnamed island anywhere west of Jackobson Point. This isn’t as protected, but is adequate in most summer weather. Depths range from 30-60 feet and holding is fair on a rocky bottom.
Swell can come through the anchorage, making this rollier than most Pacific Northwest anchorages. We wouldn’t wait out a storm here.
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Cell Service: None
Slowboat Tips and Activities
Great exploring by dinghy or kayak.
A trail leads from the head of the mudflats to a beautiful sandy beach. The trail is perhaps half a mile, but is often muddy and not well maintained. Finding the trail can be difficult due to blowdown obscuring the markers. The large tidal flats can make landing (or retrieving) a dinghy challenging.
We’ve seen signs of bear and wolves on shore.
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Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: August 25, 2019