Beach Garden Resort & Marina is nature's playground on the Sunshine Coast.
Located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, about 90 miles northwest of Vancouver and south of Powell River at Grief Point, is Beach Garden Resort & Marina. Nestled among the quiet pines, Beach Garden is a convenient stop — reasonable moorage rates, excellent restaurant and more — for boaters transiting Malaspina Strait en route to Desolation Sound and destinations beyond.
Being bordered by mountains on one side and ocean on the other may make this region seem isolated to some boaters, but talking to the locals reveals that they love to live in nature’s playground on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, which offers breathtaking views of mountains, old-growth forest, wildlife and waterfalls. This is the place to fish for salmon, crab and shellfish, or scuba dive in some of the world’s top-rated saltwater dive sites.
In all our previous summer cruises north, always in a hurry to go north or get home, Arlene and I had never visited Beach Garden Resort & Marina. But the summer of 2018 was different. We put an overnight visit on our return home in the floatplan.
Moor Your Vessel
A massive rock breakwater protects the marina from the winds that can kick up in Malaspina Strait. We hailed the marina on our VHF radio before we entered the narrow opening in the breakwater — during July and August, marina staff monitors VHF channels 16 and 68 — and a staff member relayed our slip assignment. The facility is open year-round, and reservations are suggested during the summer months. A helpful wharfinger met us at our slip assignment to assist with Easy Goin’s lines and secure the boat. He welcomed us Beach Garden and explained what the resort and marina had to offer.
Visitors will discover a quiet 90-berth full-service marina that offers gas and diesel, 15- and 30-amp power, water, ice, garbage service and free Wi-Fi. At the top of the ramp is a well-stocked beer and wine store, restrooms, showers, a coin laundry and an ATM.
Overnight moorage guests can take advantage of the resort’s indoor pool and fitness center. For a run to town, the Powell River Town Centre offers a complimentary shuttle service. The shuttle makes scheduled stops from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the resort during the months of July and August and stops at the Town Centre Mall. The lobby posts the schedule.
Grab a Bite
Just steps away from the gangway, the Seasider Bistro and Wine Bar is a perfect setting for lunch, dinner and/or cocktails. The menu features local ingredients including steak, seafood and burgers, and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes paired with beer and wine from local breweries and wineries.
Despite the threat of rain, we requested a table on the patio, where each table had a large umbrella to provide protection from the summer sun or spring and fall rain. We enjoyed a delicious dinner on the deck while enjoying a magnificent view of the marina, Malaspina Strait, Texada Island and a beautiful sunset. During dinner the cruise ship Volendam motored by on its way to Alaska. The night of our visit, we enjoyed the live music on the patio.
Hit the Links
Boaters whose second passion is the game of golf will enjoy it here. Myrtle Point Golf Club will send a courtesy van for a five-minute ride to a challenging semiprivate course. The club’s cozy Orca Bar & Grill has a patio that overlooks the 18th green and the Georgia Strait. Food and drinks are readily available.