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Effingham Bay, BC

Effingham Bay is among our favorite anchorages in Barkley Sound. It’s spacious and scenic, with excellent sunsets, a nice hike on shore, and superb exploring by dinghy or kayak. Anchor anywhere in the bay in 20-60 feet with good holding. Boats often cluster in the southeast corner of the bay, but the entire bay offers similar protection and scenery. Northwesterlies can make the anchorage somewhat choppy, but it usually calms down in the evening.


Lat/Lon: {48.8775582984944,-125.3084536192387}


Anchorage/Holding: Good
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: No
Protection: Good
Public/Private: Public
Fee: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Electric: None
Garbage: No
Pumpout: No
Maintenance: No
Groceries: No
Laundry: No
Liquor: No
Transportation: No
Cell Service: Average
WiFI: No

Slowboat Tips and Activities

A short-but-primitive hiking trail leads from the head of the southeastern portion of the bay to a beach on the opposite side of Effingham Island. Be bear, cougar, and wolf aware if going ashore. The trail is marked by flotsam tied in trees.

We enjoy dinghying around Effingham Island if conditions are settled. The shoreline has many sea caves, sea stacks, and even a tunnel! 

Entry/Exit Hazards

Enter carefully from the northwest. We’ve seen boats ground on the charted rock midway between the east shore of Gilbert Island and the lighted beacon about 1/2nm north of Gilbert Island. We leave the unnamed islands and islets to the north and favor the Effingham Island shoreline.

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Last update of this page: Oct 10, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: September 10, 2019

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