When summer winds down, GVHA marinas all start to gear up for the cooler season, switching over from a high mix of transient and longer-term moorage to our annual winter moorage program. Boaters either dock their vessels and live on shore during the colder months, or live aboard, and this year, the Wharf Street marina is about 85 per cent full for the season, with the rest of the marina available for transient moorage.
“There are people who come from Washington, and all over BC and Vancouver Island,” says Shannon Greenley, GVHA’s dock operations coordinator. “Sometimes we’ll get people who come in off a transporter ship from Florida, or their vessel is brought in on a big ship that offloads in Victoria harbour.”
One recurring long-term client docks his boat in the marina through the winter and works in town, and then goes cruising around the Gulf Islands when it warms up again. There are also boaters who work during the summer and bunk down in the marina for winter. “One of the boaters here takes his sailboat up to the north island during the summer for sailboat and kayak guiding,” Shannon adds. “During the winter, he lives aboard his boat and works odd jobs.”
GVHA marinas currently have a year and a half wait-list for longer-term moorage, and boaters can find more information on the program, and booking instructions here.