Based on my research, the best deal for chartering a boat was from the Gulf Islands Crusing School Ltd. The business is run from 2300 Canoe Cove Road and is only a stone's throw from the BC Ferry Terminal. Victoria Airport is only six miles away. The marina is well equipped and the charter company is owned and operated by Fran and Bruce Stott. His able assistant is named Elvi and these three pleasant people make it as painless as possible to charter a boat. They have power boats and sailing vessels in their inventory and do an excellent job of making sure you are comfortable and capable of operating their boats before you take off on your charter. The prices are to be found on their web site at . The boat we rented was a 28 footer and as well equipped a boat as I have ever owned or operated. If you feel a bit rusty Bruce offers classes on boat handling and navigation. I have never met a more accommodating or effective teacher. The toll free number there is 1-800-665-2628. They will give you a list of marinas in the beautiful local waters and you can contact your choice by radio from the boat or by using an American cell phone. The opportunity to explore Vancouver Island by boat is priceless but fortunately the prices are not prohibitive at all. They accept credit cards and do their best to make your voyage a safe and comfortable one.