Victoria MCTS is Canada’s newest MCTS centre, and its operational positions were formerly part of Vancouver MCTS. Prior to 1997, Vancouver MCTS was an amalgam of Vancouver Coast Guard Radio and Vancouver Traffic, which were formally located at the Vancouver South Air Terminal and West Vancouver’s Kapilano-100 building respectively. Victoria MCTS separated operationally from Vancouver MCTS in 1997, and moved to its present home at Patricia Bay, near Victoria, on December 15th, 1999.
Located at the Fisheries & Oceans Science and Maintenance facility at Patricia Bay on Vancouver Island, Victoria MCTS provides Coast Guard Radio and Vessel Traffic coverage to British Columbia’s southern inside waters; specifically all waters between Juan de Fuca Strait to the south, and Ballenas Island to the north.
VHF coverage in this zone is complete. As well, radar coverage is complete on all major waterways. However, due to geographical topography, some areas of the waters of the inside Gulf Islands and the Fraser River are radar blind. All communications coverage is provided by five (5) remote sites at Bowen Island, Annacis Island, Mount Parke, Mount Newton and Mount Helmcken. The radar coverage is accomplished through 4 remote sites co-located with the communication sites at Bowen, Parke, Newton and Helmcken.
With the exception of MF/HF communications and Navtex, Victoria MCTS provides mariners with most services offered by DFO/CCG MCTS.
Being situated between British Columbia’s lower mainland shoreline and Vancouver Island, the Victoria MCTS area of responsibility has one of Canada’s highest concentrations of small pleasure craft, and hence the largest share of Search & Rescue operations in the country. From a VTS perspective, all deep draught vessels inbound and outbound from Vancouver, all of the tugs with tows and coastal freighters involved in the Washington and Alaska state trade must pass though those waters regulated by the officers at Victoria MCTS. All this combined with the local commercial trade demonstrate this centre with the highest number of vessel traffic movements in the country.
Area of Responsibility:
Communication Sites Located at:
For Distress/Safety/Radio Services call Victoria CG Radio.
For Vessel Traffic Services call Victoria Traffic.
Canadian Coast Guard
Victoria MCTS Centre
Institute of Ocean Sciences
9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2
Call Sign: VAK
Maritime Mobile Service Identity Number: 00 316 0011 MCTS
Victoria/VAK - Ship/Shore Communications: