Cortes Island’s protected harbours have been providing safe shelter for hundreds of years.

Both Cortes Bay and the Gorge Harbour are surrounded on all sides by land except for a narrow entrance to the open sea. Two yacht clubs – the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Seattle Yacht Club – have established outstations in Cortes Bay to provide moorage tot heir private members.

Boats enter Cortes Bay through a short channel, passing south of the marker beacon which marks a drying reef. The bay is well-protected and provides a fine refuge if the weather kicks-up on the Straits. A hiking trail leads from the outstation to the top of the bluff.

In addition, a public moorage is available in Cortes Bay.

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club is a private club, for the use of members only.

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Seattle Yacht Club

The Cortes Bay outstation is located on Cortes Island, British Columbia, in the area of Desolation Sound. The outstation has approximately 1000 feet of docking space serviced with potable water and 30 ampere power. Shore facilities include decks, ice machine and storage, the Crows Nest Kitchen, the Cortes Room, heads, showers, laundry and three fully equipped cabins.