Cruises & Boat Tours
Burrard Inlet, Vancouver (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Frommer’s travel guide called BC one of the “World’s Great Sailing Regions” (2009).
Cruises in British Columbia have more than 27,000km/16,780mi of coastline, thousands of lakes and many mostly uninhabited islands to explore.
Popular cruising areas include the Inside Passage, Great Bear Rainforest, Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii, Desolation Sound and the Gulf Islands. Choose from a wide selection of cruise operators, five of which were even recommended by Frommer's travel guide and/or National Geographic Adventure magazine.
On a BC cruise, discover granite cliffs with plunging waterfalls, sail through temperate rainforests, and float in quiet fjords and inlets with protected sanctuaries that are home to lots of wildlife.
Cruises range from multi-day trips and single day excursions to harbour and dinner cruises, with some operators offering rentals (for experienced skippers) or private charters with custom itineraries. Cruise companies may depart from several different ports and usually carry 10-15 guests.
Travelling the coast? BC Ferries offer cruise-like experiences while servicing 47 destinations, and some Alaskan cruises make ports of call at Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Prince Rupert.
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Try sailing this summer on the Sunshine Coast!
Join us for an evening cruise or explore BC's wilderness with our Inlet Excursion Tours & private charters.
Go fishing with the guys....or girls! Take your family on an adventure. Relax on-board our 41ft comfortable sailboat & visit remote stunning beaches.
Sailing tours & charters from just $35 per person, or from $85/hr charter the boat for a private adventure 7 days a week.
Licensed 60 Ton Captain, fully insured & the only Transport Canada approved sail boat on the Coast.
Leave your cares behind as you indulge in an afternoon of comfort & relaxation. View the magnificent scenery & wildlife of our protected coastal waters & discover why this is one of the most popular cruising areas in the world. Enjoy fully upholstered seating in our main salon & upper deck.
Our Desolation Sound Lunch Cruise takes you into the very heart of the Sound, where you will savour a delicious lunch, surrounded by spectacular scenery. All our lunch cruises feature west coast cuisine with locally sourced ingredients & organic produce. We are happy to accommodate any special dietary concerns.
Come & experience what sets us apart from the rest!
Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travelling with renowned naturalists and our skilled crew aboard 68' expedition yachts we keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds and bears, old-growth forests and ancient native villages. We focus on animal behaviour, ecology, sustainability and local history. Small groups of 12-14 guests ensure quality, informality and a 'hands-on' experience for all aboard.
Bluewater Adventures adheres to the principals of ecotourism by supporting local communities, promoting conservation, ensuring our practices are low impact, and by providing guests with world-class knowledge about the coast.
Moored At Penticton Marina
Penticton, British Columbia
Summer fun on Penticton's unique paddlewheeler!
We offer a variety of cruises such as scenic, dinner buffet, BBQ, cocktail and parties with live music. We also host events such as wine-tasting.
Looking for a special location for your private or corporate function? Charter the whole boat! 48 passenger capacity on 2 decks. Roofed open air deck plus enclosed deck with huge panorama windows.
We also have the option to Bring-Your-Own food or let us organize the catering - casual to high end. Fully licensed premises.
Come experience a cruise along the beautiful south end of Okanagan Lake and create lasting memories for your family and friends. See you next summer!
7813 Okanagan Landing Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
Starting in June, we serve a leisurely lunch on the water, a perfect way to entertain your guests. From July to September, we offer leisurely cruises, twice a day, starting at Paddlewheel Park. Cruise into Adventure Bay then up north Okanagan or past Ellison Provincial Park while enjoying a cold beverage or a light snack from our fully stocked bar. White Linen and China Dinner cruises every Friday and Saturday nights. Learn about Lake Okanagan and the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Live entertainment upon request. When booking online, please allow 24 hrs for our response.
Come join us for fun in the sun!
501 Denman St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Join us for a unique Vancouver experience offering unparallelled panoramic views of the city skyline, the surrounding Coastal Mountain range & many of the area's most famous landmarks. The Vancouver Harbour Tour takes you on a journey through Canada's 'Gateway to the Pacific' - the Burrard Inlet. You travel past Stanley Park, the Lookout Tower, the Lions Gate Bridge, the spectacular city skyline, cruise ship terminal & more. Our Sunset Dinner & Luncheon cruises are ranked by Where Magazine's Essential Vancouver as having one of the "Best Views" in Vancouver & are truly unforgettable.
2706 Spring St
Port Moody, British Columbia
Custom made boat tours of scenic Indian Arm & Vancouver Harbour as well as marine education programs for groups of up to 40 persons - Transport Canada certified vessels. Perfect for corporate team building, family celebrations, tour groups, social groups that want to experience a West Coast marine adventure!
Get up close & personal with nature & wildlife. See seals, eagles, waterfalls, First Nations pictographs & historic sites.
Tours are a variety of lengths & depart from locations in Vancouver Harbour or within 20 minutes of downtown Vancouver, including Deep Cove & Port Moody.
Group tours start at $25.00 per person.
209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2013) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a multi-day adventure cruise on the 28 m (92 ft) schooner Maple Leaf to really experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard a beautiful ship.
Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website for information.
Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 6 guests per trip), our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the Wild in Wilderness!
360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden schooner "Passing Cloud". Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!