Port Washington is located at the north-west tip of North Pender Island, near the northern extremity of Swanson Channel. The surrounding bay offers protection from winter south-easterlies, but is exposed to westerlies and the wake of BC Ferries transiting Swanson Channel.
Public Moorage at Port Washington
The wharf comprises two sets of floats, each with their own gangway, for a total moorage space of approximately 200 feet. Several local boats have regular moorage here and visitors are welcome to either raft up or use any available space.
There is forty-five feet of reserved space on the most westerly float. This space is used by emergency vessels, school water-taxis and other service providers, such as BC Hydro crews. Float planes also frequent the reserved area, as well as the very end of the float, on a daily basis.
There is no water or power available here, and land based facilities are five to six kilometres away. However, the Hope Bay store has a restaurant and shops, about three kilometres away via Port Washington Road.