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Vancouver Island Marine Pubs

Recently a friend of ours bought a 19 foot boat with a cuddy cabin and a 4 cylinder inboard with mercruiser leg.  “Let’s go for a sea trial.” He didn’t have to ask twice.

We trailered the boat to the Brechin Boat Ramp just south of Departure Bay, and launched without drama.  As we cruised down Newcastle Channel you couldn’t help but be impressed with this view of Nanaimo’s skyline.  Very cosmopolitan.

Initially we were going to motor over to Gabriola Island for lunch in Silva Bay but were thwarted as the new owners were immersed in final renovations and wouldn’t be open until May 1st. No worries as the sun was shining and after leaping over 4 foot waves we decided to head to the Dinghy Dock for lunch.

This is a wonderful pub made all the more pleasant with the sun issuing in the first warmth of spring.  We ordered fish and chips, a pint of prawns , crab cakes and a couple of beers, all of which were superb.

During this most excellent lunch we thought it a brilliant idea to visit as many Vancouver Island marine pubs as possible over the boating season.  It is highly recommended to make reservations for transient (guest) moorage in all harbours and marinas.

The following is not a complete list and if you have a favourite marine pub we would love to hear about it.

 

West Coast

Tahsis
Grillhouse Restaurant
Stop by for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cozy restaurant or outside on the heated and tented patio. They also carry the best Vancouver Island micro-brewery on tap.

 

Ucluelet
Eagles Nest Pub
The "Nest" full service Pub has over 100 seats, plus the patio. Enjoy freshly prepared soups, salads, or the west coast's best burgers.

Tofino
The Hatch Waterfront Pub
The Hatch is just the place to relax and unwind for lunch, dinner or just because.

Port Renfrew
Bridgemans at Pacific Gateway Marina
Bridgemans menu has selections to please every palate, and a tempting variety of beer and cider on tap.


North Island

Port Hardy 
Quarterdeck Pub
From our most popular Fish n' Chips to custom design menus, the Quarterdeck culinary team will excite every palate for every occasion and for all times of the day or night. 
 

Quadra Island
Heriot Bay Inn
Adding to the marine view from the covered deck, you'll also find locals enjoying the great beer on tap, seasonal sports events on the screens in the corner, friendly staff, a pool table & darts.

North of Campbell River
Narrows Floating Restaurant
A floating restaurant with all you can eat crab nights. Need we say more. 


Campbell River
Salmon Point Waterfront Pub
Enjoy the expanded menu selection with feature dishes such as Breaded Oysters and Prawns, and Wild Pacific Salmon, Grilled Halibut.

 

Comox
Blackfin Pub
In May 2005, present owners, Ed and Lisa Moyes, purchased and refurbished the Blackfin with great attention to detail. The West Coast pub has since become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
 

Central and Gulf Islands

Nanaimo
Dinghy Dock Pub
The expansive views, relaxed atmosphere and great pub fare make us a popular destination year round. We are the only registered floating pub in Canada making your experience a unique one.


Nanaimo
Carlos O'Bryans Neighbourhood Pub
Located near the ferries, this location overlooks the marina and provides a fantastic venue for any event.


Gabriola
Silva Bay Pub
Silv Bay Resort & Marina  offers nightly, winter, and transient moorage. Catering and parties. Live music. Special events. 

 

Thetis Island
Thetis Island Marine Pub
The complex now includes the pub, a family restaurant section, a liquor store, post office and convenience store.

 

Maple Bay
Shipyard Restaurant
An authentic converted boat building facility packed full of memories of Maple Bay and Bird's Eye Cove. 

 

Genoa Bay
Genoa Bay Cafe
Enjoy refreshing local and international beers and wines, as well as, delicious lunch and dinner favourites from the seaside deck or in the relaxed atmosphere of the dining room. 


Cowichan Bay
Cowichan Bay Pub
Most of our indoor seating provides incredible views of the bay and the boats at the Fisherman’s Wharf with Mount Tzouhalem in the background.

 

Mill Bay 
Bridgemans Bistro
The Bistro is enclosed in glass on three sides, so no matter where you sit, there are gorgeous views of Brentwood Bay and Marina. 
 

Salt Spring Island
Moby's Marine Pub
Gaze at the spectacular views of Ganges Harbour while choosing from 14 local craft beers on tap.

 

Galiano Island
The Crane and Robin
Casual seaside dining in Montague Harbour on Galiano Island. Their fish, beef, pork and veggies are all sourced locally and passionately prepared.

 

Mayne Island
Springwater Lodge
Oldest continuously operating hotel in British Columbia with moorage on the Government dock fronting the property and licensed restaurant with deck. 
 

Pender Island
Bridgemans at Port Browning
You get a picturesque view of boats in Browning Harbour, friendly service, local chatter, and good pub food at reasonable prices.

 

South Island

North Saanich
Stonehouse Restaurant
"We beleive in the historic idea that the purpose of a restaurant is to “restore” the guest. In that spirit we invite you to join us, and relax, enjoy a unique dining experience at the StoneHouse Restaurant & Pub.
 

North Saanich
Canoe Cove Joe's 
Canoe Cove Marina has been a preferred “one-stop” full service marina in the Sidney-North Saanich area for over 75 years.

 

Sidney
Sea Glass Waterfront Grill
Offering a contemporary west coast dining experience nestled in Van Isle Marina on the waterfront in beautiful Sidney by the sea.

 

Sidney
Rumrunner Pub
Delicious seafood and West Coast cuisine in a spectacular setting along the Sidney waterfront

 

Brentwood Bay
Brentwood Pub
All your pub favorites from appies, to fire grilled burgers, steaks, local seafood, sandwiches and gourmet wood oven pizzas.

 

Victoria
Canoe Brewpub
CANOE features waterfront patios and the best western exposure along Victoria's Inner Harbour.

 

Victoria Harbour Transient Marinas
Causeway and Ship Point Marinas
Wharf Street Marina
Fisherman's Wharf
 

Victoria
Pickle Boat Pub Crawls 
While in Victoria Harbour it is always fun to take the Harbour Ferry from pub to pub. They even offer a Pickle pub Crawl visiting various pubs and hotels around the harbour.