Shearwater Resort & Marina, BC
Shearwater is a complete provisioning stop, with groceries, fuel, water, mechanics and haulout, and air and ferry links to Vancouver. The grocery store, though small, is just steps from the docks and usually has eggs, dairy, and some fresh produce as well as staples. The laundry (self serve or wash and fold) is across from the grocery store, and a restaurant and chandlery are adjacent. Garbage, recycling, and waste oil disposal are available. The complete facility is owned and operated by a single company.
Christophe is the capable harbormaster. This is a busy marina in season and reservations are encouraged. If the main marina is full, visitors may end up on the breakwater, which has no power or water and requires a dinghy ride to shore. Boats can also anchor in the bay and dinghy to shore, or even tie up during the day (with permission) to tackle some chores before continuing on to another destination for the night. Guests who don’t stay overnight may be charged for water, garbage disposal, or other services.
The Shearwater Seabus connects Shearwater to Bella Bella, a First Nations community a few miles away. Bella Bella has a good grocery store, sometimes with different or better fresh food than the Shearwater store. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have extra time, consider taking the Seabus or your dinghy over to Bella Bella.
Shearwater has limited fresh water which sometimes runs low, particularly by late summer. Check before filling your tanks or washing your boat. Ocean Falls, about 20nm away, has plentiful potable fresh water.
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Electric: 30A / 50A
Cell Service: Average
Slowboat Tips and Activities
Approach through Clayton Passage or Wheelock Passage. Navigate around either end of the floating breakwater to your assigned place on the T-shaped visitor dock.
Shearwater was originally built as an antisubmarine bomber reconnaissance post in 1941 and then abandoned in 1944. It was then purchased and developed into a fishing resort with a full service marina, fishing resort, restaurant and hotel. The hangar and the airstrip are all that survive from the original base.
Today, Shearwater survives on its fishing resort, locals and commercial fishermen. [Source]
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Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: May 16, 2019