Gibsons Marina shares its environment with a wide variety of shorebirds, sea mammals and other wildlife. Please respect our neighbours by keeping dogs on leash and under control. Do not disturb nearby nests or habitat.
Many of British Columbia’s ancient glass sponge reefs – a globally unique ecosystem that provide important habitat for many marine animals including spot prawns, rockfish, herring, halibut and sharks – are located near Gibsons Marina. Please note that commercial, recreational or Indigenous Food, Social and Ceremonial bottom-contact fishing activities (including fishing for prawn, shrimp, crab or groundfish) are NOT PERMITTED within the areas shown on the map. Click here for more information.
Marine mammals – particularly pods of orcas and humpback whales – have returned to Howe Sound in recent years. PLEASE MAINTAIN AT LEAST 200m DISTANCE FROM MARINE MAMMALS. And if you “see a blow – go slow.” If a pod swims in your boat’s path, please cut your engine until they have passed. And enjoy the experience!
Over the next few years, the Marina will be remediating areas of the foreshore, restoring wetlands and marshes and upgrading pedestrian walkways to ensure they are fully accessible. An extension to the Gibsons seawalk has opened the foreshore experience to disabled persons.
Human garbage is harmful to local wild and marine life. Marina guests must deposit all trash in the appropriate receptacles on shore. Bins for recycling, garbage, compostable material, and refundable beverage containers are located near the marina building. Hazardous waste (paint, solvents, fluorescent or LED light bulbs, etc.) must be stored securely on board vessels to ensure no contamination of harbour waters, and disposed of at Gibsons Recycling Depot. If in doubt about where to place your waste materials, please ask Marina staff for assistance.
Bilge pumpout available at marina ($35 fee). Head pump-outs are currently NOT available at the Marina. Please note that any vessel pumping waste into the harbour waters will be subject to a fine.
To ensure any water runoff from the Marina is harm-free, our policy is to use natural, biodegradable cleaning products in the public areas and encourage their use by Marina guests on their watercraft as well
Environmental Stewardship Committee
The Marina’s Environmental Stewardship Committee meets regularly to oversee implementation of environmental management systems, and review audits of Marina facilities to ensure all are in compliance with federal, provincial, and local government standards and policies. Audits regularly review water, waste and energy resource consumption and marina health and safety, and recommend conservation measures if required.