June 27, 2015
Port Renfrew Community Dock Society
The non-profit Port Renfrew Community Dock Society took over the care of the dock from the Government 13 years ago. The Dock Society president Peter Hovey of Trailhead Resort and various other board members have built a small marina for 24 boats and have leased the end of the main Dock out to the San Juan Fish Company and the Pacific Salmon Commission for their test fishing operation.
One of the first jobs was to gate the dock so people could no longer drive off the end as so many had done in the past. Repairs to the main dock were not done by the government during the time it was looking to transfer ownership so the second job was to replace the decking and handrails.
Snuggery Cove, the dock’s location is only a safe location for the marina during the summer months. The wharfs are installed the end of May and removed mid-September. Twice the Dock Society tried to leave the wharfs in until the end of September only to have a storm came early and smashed the wharfs. The new wharfs, installed in 2014 are stored on the end of the main dock during the winter months and are lifted in and out of the water by a crane truck.
The dock is maintained through volunteer hours by concerned members and users. The mandate of the Non Profit society is to keep the dock in original or better condition and maintain opportunity for business and employment of the people of Port Renfrew. The dock is to remain open for tourists and others to view the commercial and sport fishing sector at work and as a view point for all to enjoy.