Pleasure Vessel Reporting Requirement

Pleasure vessels may only anchor north of a line drawn between the south end of Richards Island and the north end of Smart Island.  Every pleasure vessel anchored in Esquimalt Harbour shall be moored with two anchors and in the manner directed by a harbour official.  Rafting of pleasure vessels, at anchor, is not permitted.  A harbour official must first approve anchoring in any other area of the harbour.

The Esquimalt Harbour Management Authority monitors vessels to ensure they are maintained in a seamanlike manner, with prudent anchoring arrangements, and stowage of equipment.  Vessel owners must comply with the Esquimalt Harbour Practices and Procedures at

All pleasure vessels are required to register their arrival, intended duration of stay, and departure from the harbour, by contacting the Queen’s Harbour Master, on VHF Channel 10, or a harbour official, at 250-363-7584.  The following information is to be provided on arrival:


a.         Arrival Date;

b.         Intended Duration of Stay;

c.         Vessel Name;

d.         Make;

e.         Type (Power / Sail);

f.          Length (Overall);

g.         Hull Colour;

h.         Cabin Colour;

i.          Licence or Registration number;

j.          Functioning Holding Tank On-Board  (Yes / No);

k.         Functioning Engine  (Yes / No);

l.          Full Name of Legal Owner;

m.        Address;

n.         Telephone Number;

o.         Cell Phone / Pager Number;

p.         E-mail Address;

q.         Insurance  (Yes / No); and

r.          Emergency Contact Information (must be displayed in a conspicuous place on the vessel and updated as required).