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Mill Bay launch site photo above.

About the Town

Updated August 30, 2018

Mill Bay is a town of approximately 3200 people and located on the north side of the Malahat. It's approximately 30 kilometres from Victoria. It's a nice cozy town with coffee shops, restaurants and other facilities.

A local kayak company operates near the Mill Bay launch site. There a number of Day Use sites available to visit nearly (see our map for Mill Bay launch) or plan a multi-day trip into the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve or simply plan a day trip along the nearby coastline.

Troubleshooting Transportation

Mill Bay is known for its ferry to Brentwood. This can be a busy ferry at times. You cannot make reservations so check on busy periods if using. If you are travelling from Tsawwassen you can head to Swartz Bay and then to Brentwood Bay to use the ferry from there to reach Mill Bay.

Traveling from United States you can travel by ferry to Sidney near Brentwood via Anacortes ferry, or you can travel from Port Angeles to Victoria by the Black Ball ferry system.

Trip suggestions 

All these day trips can be enjoyed as one or combined as part of a weekend stay at Newcastle Island or any one of the nearshore accommodation options that dot the Nanaimo shoreline.

Easy day trips:

The nearby kayak company offers 3-hour shoreline tours. Or if you have your own boat explore the coastline, watching for eagles, seals and observing intertidal life.

Moderate day trips:

Sansum Narrows is accessible in a day paddle or explore Finlayson Arm. 

Advanced day trips:

To Portland Island: Long distance paddlers may want to explore Portland Island which houses three Gulf Islands National Park Reserve campsites. Visit the BCMT map for more information.

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