There is no sign that opposition to the planned 55-berth Victoria International Marina on the Songhees waterfront in Victoria, British Columbia, is going away.
After months of challenge it is now planned to hold a public meeting next week, which will fully discuss the seemingly unpopular project in Canada’s most western province. The marina is designed for yachts from 19.8m-41.1m (65ft-135ft) and is aimed to provide an alternative to other west coast locations such as Vancouver and San Diego.
At the meeting all three levels of government will be present, allowing participants to secure answers to their concerns. With more and more superyachts venturing north to see what Canada and Alaska has to offer and a relative shortage of berths, the promoters hope to satisfy the current and future demand. They emphasise that the marina could bring significant tourism revenue to the local economy both from visiting yachts and perhaps more people coming to the Victoria waterfront with the marina there. Several jobs would also be created.
The marina is being promoted by Western Asset Management and Marine Concepts LP. It is expected to cost some C$20m and has been designed by Herb Kwan Architect. Facilities planned include a restaurant, harbour coffee house, yacht club facilities and a yachting concierge marine management centre.