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Fanny Bay Harbor
Fanny Bay Harbor, Photo By Bud Logan

The Fanny Bay Harbor is situated on southeast Vancouver Island, on Baynes Sound, it separates Vancouver Island and Denman Island. The harbor overlooks the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands, with the Coastal Mountains as a backdrop. Fanny Bay Harbor is on the northern boundary of Lighthouse Country, a stretch of Highway 19 that runs along the shoreline from Qualicum Bay to Fanny Bay. There is a lighthouse at either end.

Visitors can usually be found surveying the shores of the harbor in search of the oysters for which Fanny Bay is so well known. But there is so much more to see here, you

could see mink here, there are many and if you look out in the harbor, you could spot the odd whale going by. There was a time when Steller Sea lions were found in the hundreds at the harbors wharf, but for some reason, about 2 yrs ago, they left. I thought it was over but they have returned in huge numbers and now many harbor seals are there as well.

Killer whales, dolphins, and black-fish have been seen off the Fanny Bay Harbor, and at night you can see herons and other night birds along the shore, fishing. You could see raccoons as they come down to feed on shellfish. Black Tail deer frequent the upper shore grasslands, eagles and hawks can be seen throughout the day.

Fanny Bay Harbor
Fanny Bay Harbor, Photo By Bud Logan

For something completely different, you can visit Fanny Bays Wacky Woods Trail, this trail is just like its name states, very wacky indeed. I will leave it there as a mystery, if you want to learn more, you will have to visit here to find out. To get to the woods, just head north on the old island highway past the Fanny Bay community hall and just past Jacob Road, you will see a yellow gate, it’s on the waterside of the highway.  This trail runs along the waterfront, you will find several trails that head to the right, these will take you to the Wacky Woods. You can also head down ships point road, turn left onto little way road then left again onto bates drive. At the end of bates drive, on the right is the trail and the start of the Wacky Woods. Have fun.

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