BC tides
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BC Tides and Currents

This set of pages is an outgrowth of my interest in oceanography and fishing. There is a great deal of good stuff out there for providing tide and current information. There are several useful programs listed below and also some excellent web sites that will generate tide and current information for you.

By the way if you want current Victoria weather info, go to the weather station I have set up at St. Michaels University School. I find the most useful page is the 3 day graphs page.

Web sites

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BC Tide and current info from the web

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Nautical Software predictions for BC sites

Programs

WXTide32
My favourite program for tide and current information is WXtide32 which is a windows program that will generate tide and currrent information for virtually anywhere in the world. There are settings for over 260 sites in BC alone! If you want a copy of this free program please go to the WXTide32 site. Be sure to check out their screen shots page. WXtide32 is based on the Xtide program described above.

svitide1.bmp (535614 bytes) The locations of tide sites on southern Vancouver Island svitide2.bmp (378686 bytes) The sites that are in the Victoria area. (one day I hope to make these clickable!)

Tideview Navigator (no longer available!) :-(
If you want to get an excellent tides and currents program that is specifically for BC and will interactively show tides and currents for virtually any location, then you should check out Tideview Navigator from Channel Consulting..  The thumbnails below will take you to screen shots from the program.

Tideview1.GIF (16441 bytes) The main tideview screen - Victoria area Tideview2.GIF (24054 bytes) The tide chart for a location near Race Rocks.

Tide tool for the Palm Pilot

Walt Bilofsky has created a wonderful free application for the Palm Pilot that is also based on the Xtide program. It allows you to load databases for different areas (it takes three to cover all of BC!) and predict tides on the go. The neat thing about this program is that you can check out the tide or current status for any of the sites in your database with a few touches of your pilot stylus. See the screen shots below:

Tidetool.GIF (31953 bytes) Click the image to see how it looks! tidetool pedder.gif (1709 bytes) A sample tide screen tidetool juane.gif (2032 bytes) A sample current screen

 Ctide for the pocket PC

Dave Bucholz has written a port of xtide which works nicely on a pocket PC (which is what I use now!). With this program, you can either install the full database (0.92 Mb) or various subsets. The neat thing about this program is that you can check out the tide or current status for any of the sites in your database with a few touches of your pocket PC stylus. See the screen shots below:

cTide: normal graph mode "Normal view" cTide: scrolling graph view Scrolling graph view with date selector

Page Updated: July 10, 2002 .  Michael H. Jackson