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Genoa Bay

Genoa Bay, Vancouver Island, BC
Genoa Bay is a quiet and picturesque bay on the north side of Cowichan Bay, at the south end of Sansum Narrows on Southern Vancouver Island. Located in the North Cowichan Valley near Duncan and Maple Bay, Genoa Bay offers a quiet and relaxed way of life. The North Cowichan Valley offers great hiking, mountain biking, hang gliding, nature viewing, orienteering, and exception scenic views. Visitors can scuba dive, sail and fish in the crystal clear waters of Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, Sansum Narrows and Stuart Channel, which provides a haven for mariners.

Genoa Bay was named by the Italian Giovanni Baptiste Ordano after his birthplace of Genoa in Italy. Ordano arrived in the area in 1858 and opened the first store in the district at Tzuhalem.

Location: Genoa Bay is located in the Cowichan Valley on Southern Vancouver Island, north of Victoria and twenty minutes from the community of Duncan. Access to Genoa Bay is via scenic roads, and the landscape provides great sea views with forested mountain backdrops.


  • Genoa Bay Marina
    Genoa Bay Marina offers lush tree-lined shores, towering vistas, and sheltered moorage. Services include excellent transient and permanent mooring facilities, a General and Marine Store, and the Genoa Bay Café, which offers a fine selection of Pacific Rim cuisines. The Genoa Bay Marina is a rustic hideaway full of old wooden sailboats - an interesting place to visit and relax.
  • Genoa is a good place for mariners to wait for the strong current in Sansum Narrows to change before heading into the Stuart Channel and Dodd Narrows.
  • Diving in the protected narrow inlets around Maple Bay is so good and so close to shore that the late Jacques Costeau considered it one of his favourite diving spots in the world!
  • Sansum Narrows and Maple Bay are excellent places to fish for salmon, sea bass, and cod. The better spots are Arbutus Point and Octupus Point, and Maxwell Point and Bold Bluff Point off Saltspring Island.
  • Quamichan Lake northwest of Genoa Bay offers year-round fishing. Access to this popular lake is off Maple Bay Road, via Trunk Road to Indian Road.
  • The 536-metre Mount Tzuhalem north of Genoa Bay has hiking and biking trails for all ages and levels of ability, including wonderful wildflowers and spectacular views.
  • Golf: Golfers have a few golf courses in the area to choose from; Cowichan Golf and Country Club in Duncan (20 minutes from Crofton), Duncan Meadows Golf Course (15 minutes from Crofton), Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus (10 minutes from Crofton), and Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in nearby Cobble Hill. Golf Vacations on Vancouver Island.
  • The Cowichan Valley offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle amidst magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and ocean inlets. The Cowichan Valley region is renowned for its community tourism, agriculture and eco-tourism activities.
  • Sheltered Maple Bay separates Vancouver Island from Saltspring Island, harbouring a pretty seaside community that bustles with marine activity.
  • The Gulf Islands are easily and conveniently accessed from Genoa Bay, with popular Saltspring Island, the largest and nearest of the Southern Gulf islands, lying directly across Sansum Narrows from Genoa Bay.


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  Genoa Bay Café, Duncan Listing Details 
The Genoa Bay Cafe offers a fine selection of Pacific Rim cuisines, featuring fresh seafood from local waters, meats, produce and poultry from the farms of the Cowichan Valley, and the relaxed ambience of a waterfront setting at the Genoa Bay Marina. The Genoa Bay Cafe guarantees a unique and memorable experience. Open 7 days a week.
 
  Genoa Bay Marina, Duncan Listing Details 
Genoa Bay Marina offers lush tree-lined shores, towering vistas, and sheltered moorage. Our prices are affordable, and our services include Transient and Permanent Moorage, a General and Marine Store, Car and Video/DVD rental, Laundry, Showers and Washrooms, Fax service, Postal services, Internet and email access, and the Genoa Bay Cafe. Shipwright and Mechanical services are also available.
 
  Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Cobble Hill Listing Details 
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is located in the seaside community of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island, a scenic 40-minute drive from Victoria and Nanaimo and just 10 minutes away from the cultural city of Duncan. Arbutus Ridge is rated the #1 Destination Golf Course in British Columbia and the legendary 17th hole is ranked One of the Top 18 Golf Holes on Vancouver Island.
 
  Deb Wilson RI (BC) - Sutton West Coast Realty, Duncan Listing Details 
Looking for an island home in the southern Gulf Islands or mid Vancouver Island? As an RI professional member with a strong background in real estate appraisal, development and construction, combined with local resident knowledge, my goal is to provide you with comprehensive real estate solutions combined with service that is performance based. Now is a good time to be purchasing, with lots of the waterfront island homes on the market.
 
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