Heading over to the Gulf Islands in mid September and planning for a couple of nights at Discovery Island. I was hoping for current info on nearby overnight parking in the Oak Bay area? Just one vehicle at this point.
This afternoon's ebb at Race Passage (August 29th) is showing slack at 2:51PM and a max ebb at 7:00 PM at 4.0 knots. Add an hour for Daylight Savings Time means at Race Passage, slack is at 3:51PM and max is at 8PM. At Baynes, slack will be (roughly) at 3:36 PST, max will be at 7:45PM and will be running at 3 knots. For a paddle craft, 3 knots can be significant in this area, especially if wind an tide begin to stack the waves up.
The weather station on Discovery Island (the lighthouse) sits in the lee of a westerly wind. It is best to use all available weather information sources to gauge wind in this area. For reference, I personally include automated reports from Race Rocks (14NM west of Discovery), Victoria Gonzales and Kelp Reef (Environment Canada) and Smith Island from NOAA to get a picture of what the wind is doing out there. Trial Island reports weather too (wind, wave height and visibility) but Lighthouse Weather Reports are less frequently updated.