Jan 10, 2019

Marina GroundsSituated in one of the best protected places in the Pacific Northwest, tucked between Thetis and Penelakut Islands. Located just north of Saltspring Island, Thetis makes up one of the many Gulf Islands lying between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

The marina is constantly evolving and improving with each passing year. They have worked to provide the best of facilities through a continual improvement and replacement of equipment and materials.

Marina PavillionEnjoy moorage at their new docks, with 15 and 30 amp. shore power. Guests enjoy free WI-FI as well as access to showers, laundry, water, garbage disposal, a barbecue area with huge covered area for groups large and small, horseshoe pits, expanses of lawn and huge maple shade trees.

During stopover at Thetis Island Marina you may want to use the Town of Chemainus to pick-up or drop-off guests.

Chemainus TheatreThe town of Chemainus is a short 25 minute ferry ride from Thetis. It takes about 10 minutes on foot from the marina to the ferry dock, and there is no ticket required from Thetis. You pay for the round-trip in Chemainus when you are ready to return. The ticket booth is clearly marked, and they accept some credit cards as well as cash, but not debit cards. If there are five of you, ask for a book of tickets, and enjoy a substantial saving over the regular cash fare.

Chemainus has a well-established theatre that has a constantly changing series of plays. This is not a movie theatre, but a playhouse, and there are dinner-plays for evenings as well as matinees earlier in the day. For the evening performances, be aware of the ferry times for the return run to Thetis.

Commercial services in Chemainus include a bank (CIBC) and credit union (Island Savings), both with ATM facilities. Normal operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 3pm. Slightly later on Fridays. At other times there is the bank machine for withdrawals and bill payments. Both are located on the main street of Chemainus, along with a grocery store, and a number of convenience-type stores with a variety of ice cream, muffins etc.

RegattaThere is an electronics store with repair facility just up from the ferry landing in the second block. Most of your electronics issues can be handled here. There is a bakery about two blocks straight up from the ferry landing, where you can get a selection of baked goods.

Each May the Thetis Island Regatta, with upwards of 45 sailboats ranging in size from just over 20 feet to 70 feet takes place. The regatta is part of the Vancouver Island Racing Series. The racers enjoy a delicious barbecue meal and live music in the pub during the regatta.

For help in planning a visit go to: https://www.thetisisland.com/about-marina/index.htm

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