If you’re looking for a quiet spot with few distractions and incredible island views, the small Marina at Pedder Bay may just be one of Van Isles best kept secrets.
Located in Metchosin, about 20 minutes from Victoria, this small marina is a great place to launch your own vessel or stroll around the jetties watching the Harbour Seals waiting for scraps off the fishing boats arriving with their daily catch.
The location is a glorious sun trap right in a small valley inlet that is awesome to play in when the tide is out.
The outside seating area is great for relaxing with a cup of tea, watching the world pass by while Eagles fish in the estuary opposite and if you time it right and listen very carefully, you might be able to hear distant howling wolves. The abundance of creatures going about their day while chilling in the sunshine is spectacular.
The marina also has a spacious camping and RV resort, making it the perfect weekend getaway if you want more than a one-day visit.
If you are looking to make a full day at Pedder Bay, there are many options to keep you busy.
Hikes in the area include a trail network where you can find a small beautiful double waterfall. Connection to the historic Barde Knockie Trail that used to be the only overland connection between Sooke and Victoria and is one of the oldest colonial trails still in use in British Columbia. AllTrails Map
Pedder Bay Creek Waterfall
During rainy season there is a double waterfall hidden in the forest up Pedder Bay Creek. In the summer, the creek will dry up but the walk is still beautiful and relatively easy, taking you through a lush forest. The 2km hike starts in the RV park just past the bunkies and up the dirt road.
The Pedder Bay RV Resort offers full services, private lots and oceanfront sites. Located in a remote location in a quiet bay, it’s an excellent spot for any visitor. And they now have “Bunkies” which are mini cabins for rent by the night.
Pedder Bay offers morning for boats but has one of the area’s best selections of rental opportunities from fishing boats, fishing gear and kayaks. They operate on first come, first serve so on a hot summer weekend plan to get there early if you’re looking to rent a boat.
So with a three-lane boat launch ramp, boat rentals, guided fishing charters, gear rental and a tackle shop. There are a lot of options to get you out on the water!
For more info on Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina visit their website.
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