I've done the walk from the Pender Island terminal to that marina. The last part of the hill was so steep I was afraid of my heavily loaded wheeled kayak getting away from me. I wound up running my throwline 'round a sign post and lowering the kayak the way mountaineers rappel loaded packs down slopes.Pender Island: Even though this is marked red on the BC Marine trial website the 3/4 km walk up and around the hill to the marina is definitely doable. The road is steep going down to the marina so going back up is a two rest endeavour but we would still do it. Plus we had a Delta 20 double so it was pretty heavy.The marina did not charge us to launch and let us use their washroom.
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It's been at least 15 years since I did a wheel-on with my kayak from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. But I do remember I had a several hundred meter walk n' wheel, out of the terminal, hanging a left (west), following the Marine Drive lower road for a bit and then left again (South). I believe I came out and launched roughly where Hopkins Landing is shown in this google earth screen grab.I saw this thread last week while I was looking for information for launching a canoe once off the boat in Langdale. The Marine Trails website looked hopeful but didn't provide any details. The beach north of the ferry terminal looks ideal but is fenced off for some reason. I ended up contacting BC Ferries, and they replied with: SNIP
I just re-looked and the BCMTNA website gives a seemingly accurate description of the two potential launches. But fences and obstructions change so I can't say for sure what the status is right now. . . but what it was:The Marine Trails website looked hopeful but didn't provide any details. The beach north of the ferry terminal looks ideal but is fenced off for some reason.