Arriving by Boat
Members of a yacht club with Reciprocity Privileges are welcome use the reciprocal dock located at North Saanich Marina. We hope you enjoy your stay.
Enter Tsehum Harbour at (Latitude 48° 40.3 North - Longitude 123° 24.3 West), The North Saanich Marina is located directly ahead (masts visible above the second rock breakwater) in Blue Heron Basin. A dredged channel is marked with navigational aids leading to the rock breakwater off Nymph Point. Depth in the channel is 2 meters at zero tide. Stay in the center of the channel to avoid an embarrassing grounding in the soft mud.
Arriving directly from the United States requires clearing Canada Customs. A clearance dock is adjacent to the Van Isle Marina fuel dock located to port upon entering Tsehum Harbour. A phone booth with the toll free number for Canada Customs is located on a dock just west of the fuel dock. (a link to customs requirements?)
Reciprocal moorage is on a first-come first-served basis for members in good standing of a reciprocal yacht club. Reciprocal moorage is limited to three nights every four weeks.
Tie on the west side of the SNSYC guest dock, immediately to starboard just past the breakwater. It will be a starboard tie if bow in. Rafting is not permitted. Leave as much space as possible for other arrivals by tying as close to other vessels as practical. Very small vessels can tie across the end of the dock. The east (breakwater) side of the dock is reserved for junior sailing. Check with staff to determine if junior sailing is actively using the east side. Please fly your club burgee while moored at the reciprocal dock.
If the reciprocal dock is full contact the North Saanich Marina (NSM) at 250-656-5558 for moorage in the marina. NSM does not monitor a VHF channel. North Saanich Marina is owned and operated by the Oak Bay Marine Group, not SNSYC.
The registration envelopes are in the reciprocity cabinet on the dock. Please complete the form and take it to the bar when the club is open. Registered visitors will receive a key to the marina gate and the door combination to the washrooms in the clubhouse lower level. Display the tear-off tab on your boat. If arriving on Monday or Tuesday (the Club is closed) collect a key for the gate from the marina office. Pay moorage (cash only) in the registration envelope and drop it into the drop box.
The fee for the first night is $5.00, Canadian or US. This pays for any power you might use, and for showers. Second and third consecutive nights cost $5.00 plus 75¢/ft.
WiFi is available on the docks as well as at the clubhouse (sidneyguest). Check with staff for Dock access codes.
Please return your marina key in the drop box before you depart. If you forget, we will contact you to get it back. Please put a reliable contact method on the envelope.