Details for Refuge Cove

Refuge Cove

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 16 reviews

Address Refuge Cove, BC V0P 1P0


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Most businesses are open June thru mid-September although the hamburger stand doesn't open until July 1st.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Guest moorage is available along 2,000 ft of docks. No reservations.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 15 amp only.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - Around the fuel dock and on the dock that runs parallel to shore there is good dinghy access.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane is available.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There's a dog walk at the top of the dock. Make sure to pick up after your pet. A disposal location is supplied.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out




Yes - For a fee.
Trash disposal is across the bay at Daves Barge, usually about $5 perbag, a bit less for recycle, but you never know just what the number will be until you're there. He won't tie you up, so be prepared to hold the boat to the barge and have your crew work with Dave.


Yes - For a fee..




Yes - For a fee.


Yes - Complete groceries including Fresh Produce, Meats, Dairy and Deli. Also has wine, beer and liquor.


Yes - Limited marine and household hardware available in the store.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Fishing tackle and bait.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Supported by Corliss Air on a regular charter, out of Vancouver and other locations.

Other services

Books and charts
Unlimited potable water
Float Plane Service


Reviews for Refuge Cove
Water and limited provisions, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Seattle (344)

We docked here temporarily while filling the water tanks and getting a few supplies at the store. Folks were friendly, ice cream was good, and water was free.

Nice folks, good stop, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Olalla WA (412)

Comfortable, not fancy, and only 15amp electricity. Friendly staff, quiet, good store. Stayed here 8-26-2014 and would come again.

Very busy dock, can tie up for 4 hrs. No charge., 2014-08-12
Captain: , Canoe pass (10)

Lovely dock, boats coming & going constantly. The grocery store is very well stocked. There are things here that we cannot find easily in Vancouver anymore. Showers are $5.00 (a bit over the top). Very quaint buildings. Staff (aka) residents are very friendly.

Nice but mayhem and food from store all went bad within days, 2013-09-25
Captain: , Pender Harbour and Calgary (110)

this is a pretty little cove with a pirate feel cove feel. Lovely people when we went there. Good snacks and coffee at the little cafe. Big word of warning though: all dairy, bread and other cold food from the store went bad withing 2 days. Supply barge and delivery truck not refrigerated... if you buy there, make sure you eat it fast. Or go to Squirrel Cove store across the way. We were going to spend the night, but fuel smell and heat were too much.

Amenities? Forget It. But, Don't Pass It By!, 2013-09-18
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (310)

It's a one-of-a-kind stop. Rustic, marginal cell service, but a great overnight location. Minutes from Desolation Sound, the store it well stocked and CEO/CFO/COO/Checkout Clerk Colin Robertson is a kind character worth meeting. Get there early. No reservations, you may or may not get assitance docking, but it's an experience worth enjoying.

This is a "working marina", and proud of it!, 2013-07-23
Captain: , North Vancouver, BC (547)

If you're expceting a resort, or white shirted staff, or pretty gardens and a greeter dog - this is not your place. Refuge Cove is a working marina that's left over from the days where people earned their living on the coast catchning fish and selling logs.

While there, you're expected to know how to dock your boat, tie your boat, and survive for a couple of hours without the need for 50A power and air conditioning.

And if you can do that, you'll soon realize that Refuge Cove is truly one of the gems on this coast. The store is not huge, but somehow has what you need. The showers are not pretty, but they're hot, and feel really good. You may have to wait for a washing machine - so enjoy the open book store, the most exceelent coffee and even better food.

In the words of a freinds daugter when she heard athe Admiral of a big glossy white boat compaining last year; "suck it up Princess - you're darned lucky to be here!"

Decent stop for provisions, water, garbage drop, 2013-01-05
Captain: , Seattle (690)

Don't expect any help with finding a place to dock from the harbormaster. You're on your own. 15 Amp power and water available. Small store, decently stocked, at the head of the dock. Also a pub that we did not try. Can drop off garbage at the barge in the middle of the bay for a couple of bucks a bag.

Good spot for provisioning, 2011-10-27
Captain: , Seattle, WA (312)

Good provisioning; fuel available; enjoyable locals to hang with and learn about the area

Really Cool Spot, 2011-09-15
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (64)

Beautiful little harbor with very nice facilities and fabulous rum soaked cinnamon "buns" in small bakery/cafe. Just beware that power is limited to 15A and a 15A male to 30A female adaptor is necessary to hook to shore power

Refuge Cove, 2011-03-13
Captain: , Sidney BC (582)

Picturesque spot for an overnight stop. Rustic and the store is ok. Have not used the restaurant here but if looks ok.

Refuge Cove, 2011-03-11
Captain: , Sidney BC, Canada (271)

A super place to restock the boat and have a burger with fries. Good laundry, showers, fuel and tie up at a dock for a night.

Re-Stocking, 2011-01-28
Captain: , Port of Everett (68)

Been here many times over the summer years. Dock space is limited, rafting sometimes a must, power not guaranteed. Very little anchorage. Great store and people, small great resturant and a place to get laundry done. August 2010

A Fun Funky place, 2010-12-24
Captain: , Sequim, WA (676)

This is no 5 star establishment, but you wouldn't expect one here. Well stocked store. Some issues with the shore power when we were last there.

Handy for supplies, 2009-09-12
Captain: , Seattle, WA (437)

Not a great selection at end of season, both for food and ice cream. Thought Squirell Cove store had better selection. But there is fuel.

A very nice place, 2009-08-23
Captain: , Kenmore, WA (948)

We came back here a number of times during our stay in the area. A really nice place to hang out. It's rustic and kind of rough, but that adds to the charm.

Refuge Cove, 2007-07-27
Captain: , Woodland Hills, Ca (27)

A nice place to re-supply and only 6 miles from Prideaux Haven. Don't miss the hand dipped ice cream cones!! Water is from the creek so it needs treating. Dave runs the garbage float: $5 a bag.

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