Tulista Boat Launch Information
The Town of Sidney Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Sidney Anglers Association to develop a method of operations to allow the Tulista Boat Launch to remain open to all boaters under a set of new safety guidelines.
The Sidney Anglers Association will provide safety ambassadors at peak times to ensure that everyone is able to use the boat launch safely during this unprecedented and extended public health emergency.
Boat owners wanting to renew or purchase six or twelve month permits are asked to purchase an individual launch pass at the boat ramp and keep the receipt for a credit towards the purchase of a permit when the Town Hall reopens.
General Information about the Boat Launch
The boat launch at Tulista park is accessible to both recreational and commercial users.
There is a fee to launch your boat and there is limited parking available. All users should make themselves aware of the following limitations:
The fee for a launch pass to launch your boat is $10.00 per single launch and retrieval. The launch pass includes 24 hours of parking at the Tulista Park boat launch or at Iroquois Park, if available. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Your valid launch pass must be displayed face up on the vehicle dashboard so that it is visible for enforcement officers.
Users wishing to park for more than 24 hours may park at Iroquois Park (located across Fifth Street). Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that you must purchase a launch pass for the appropriate amount of time you wish to park here. Parking for a maximum of 72 hours is permitted here.
Short term parking is available on the south side of Weiler Avenue between Fifth Street and Muriel Place. A valid launch pass must be displayed.
$10 – Launch pass and 24 hrs parking at Tulista Park or Iroquois Park
$20 – Launch pass and 24-48 hrs parking at Iroquois Park
$30 – Launch pass and 48-72 hrs parking at Iroquois Park
Launch passes are purchased from a machine at the boat launch. The machine accepts payment by credit card or coins ($0.25, $1 or $2).
Users can also purchase an annual or semi-annual pass as noted below.
Please note that you must purchase a launch pass prior to launching your boat, and parking is not guaranteed.
The boat launch is available for commercial use, for businesses that sell boats or boat motors and use the launch in conjunction with their business operations. Commercial users can purchase an annual pass as noted below.
Semi-Annual and Annual Passes:
Semi-annual and annual passes may be purchased in Finance at the Town Hall and the fees are as follows:
$90.00 - Six month permit
$150.00 - Twelve month permit
$200.00 - Twelve month permit
Commercial users wishing to use Tulista Boat Ramp for barge use must contact the Engineering Department directly to make application and schedule your booking. It is not possible to pay for barge use onsite at the boat ramp. Please be aware of the Conditions and Guidelines for Commercial use of Ramp. For more information please call 250-656-4502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Parking Options:
There is a high demand on the Tulista Boat Launch which is why parking is limited. If there is no available parking or if you wish to park in excess of 72 hours, you should make alternative arrangements for parking your vehicle and trailer.
Parking Lot A (corner of Bevan Avenue and Second Street) provides long term parking. If you park a vehicle and trailer you would be required to pay for each parking spot. Monthly parking is also available. More information about Parking Lot A, including rates, can be found on the Town's Long Term Pay Parking page.
If you park your vehicle and trailer on the street, please note that you are still required to purchase a launch pass to launch your boat. Be aware of posted signage and please note that all parking in the Town is limited to 24 hours. The Town responds to complaints for vehicles parked in excess of 24 hours. It is also advised that you be considerate as to where you park so not to block any driveways or encroach on any yellow lines. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced.
As you enter the Tulista Park Boat Launch there are 3 spots at the north end of the parking lot that are designated for vehicles who have launched roof mounted vessels. These designated parking spots require a launch pass and provide up to 24 hours of parking. Kayakers who are looking for longer term parking can use Parking Lot A (corner of Bevan Avenue and Second Street). More information about Parking Lot A, including rates, can be found on the Town's Long Term Pay Parking page.
Kayakers who wish to launch from other locations or beach accesses in the Town should be aware of posted signage and please note that all parking in the Town is limited to 24 hours. The Town responds to complaints for vehicles parked in excess of 24 hours. It is also advised that you be considerate as to where you park so not to block any driveways or encroach on any yellow lines.
Day Use Parking:
As you enter Tulista Park Boat Launch there are parking spots that are designated for regular vehicles on the north side of the parking lot which are intended for people using the park or going out on a boat for the day. These spots are provided for day use only. There is also additional day use parking for regular vehicles at Tulista Park south of the Boat Launch.
Enforcement:The Town of Sidney contracts Robbins Parking Services to enforce parking regulations at Tulista Park boat launch, Iroquois Park, and 9660 Eighth Street. Enforcement is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All payments and disputes of violations are handled by Robbins Parking Services.
Map of the Boat Launch Area: