Southern Vancouver Island: Crabbing the South Island

  

Overview

Roll up your sleeves. And your pant legs. The waters between Victoria and Port Renfrew, along the southern coast of Vancouver Island, are perfect for sightseeing, pleasure boating and crabbing. So put down the fishing rod, and drop a Crab trap or two instead. After a few hours of sightseeing and wildlife viewing, your traps should be filled to the brim with the area’s tasty Dungeness Crabs.

AT A GLANCE

REGION:Vancouver Island
SUB REGION: South Vancouver Island
SPECIES:Shellfish
SEASONS:Summer, Fall, Winter
CONDITIONS:Influenced by the open ocean, with strong tides. Weather varies by season and is typical for the Pacific Northwest.
ACCESSIBILITY:Port Renfrew is 2 hours east of Victoria via Highway 14 (Juan de Fuca Highway). Victoria is easily accessible by drive-on ferry (including bus). Also flights from Vancouver.
LENGTH:Half Day
GUIDED:Self-Guided
COST: $
SERVICES:Numerous marinas in the area are well equipped for anglers. Victoria has all of the services and amenities of a small, North American city.
EXPERIENCES:Wildlife viewing is popular, especially Seals, Sea Lions, Humpback Whales and Orcas (Killer Whales). Also hiking, camping and all the attractions of Victoria.

WEATHER AND MARINE FORECAST

WEATHER
WEATHER

Fri, Feb 15

3°C

 

Sat, Feb 16

5°C

 

Sun, Feb 17

3°C

 

Mon, Feb 18

3°C

 

Tue, Feb 19

4°C

LUNAR
Wind

Wind light increasing to southwest 20 knots near noon Saturday then diminishing to light Saturday evening.

Tides

High: 03:27

Low: 05:11

High: 10:47

Low: 19:19

*No guarantees about the correctness of this tidal data.

  

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