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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Foggy Point Charters is one of Prince Rupert's premier booking agents, representing Prince Rupert's top fishing guides & largest fleet. Let our personable & knowledgeable, locally trained fishing guides & shore staff arrange your custom North Coast fishing experience. Working with you, we can help with your trip planning requirements from restaurant reservations to accommodation. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide our customers with a safe, relaxing, memorable marine experience. We welcome both international & local customers to experience the amazing scenery & fishing of Northern BC. Experience your North Coast Marine Adventure with us.
33428 Harbour Ave
Mission, British Columbia
Join the adventure and discover the 'wild side' of BC with Fraser River Safari. View amazing scenery & diverse wildlife. Guests travel in comfort & style on board a heated, fully enclosed 'Safari Craft,' which is equipped for exploring the shallow braided river & sensitive ecosystem. Your guide & pilot will keep guests entertained along the way. Also enjoy our Winter Eagle Expeditions & experience the third largest wintering population of bald eagles in the unspoiled Harrison River and Chehalis Estuary. Perfect for couples, families & groups of friends or co-workers; groups of all sizes welcome; great photo opportunities.
606 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
In operation since 1982, Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres is your one stop for adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Offering Whale watching on our 65 ft cruisers or high speed zodiacs. Bear watching & sea lion tours on a covered vessel or zodiacs. Hot Springs Cove, Kayaking, Cultural canoeing, hiking on Meares Island, water taxi for sunset & harbour cruises, scenic flights & more! Check out the West Coast's original whale watching company & check into some fun. Gift shops & lots of free parking (including motorhome/RV parking) at either of our Tofino or Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels too. We guarantee our Whale and Black Bear sightings, ask us how! Multi tour discounts also available. Book your authentic west coast adventure today!
315 A Ave
Kaslo, British Columbia
Kayak Kootenay Lake in style. No experience necessary. Half day, full day & multi-day guided adventures; Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. How about a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, paddle with us to a remote ancient shore, hike to a hidden waterfall & enjoy a gourmet lunch on the beach.
Why not try out the hottest water sport craze.. Stand Up Paddle Boarding, rentals and lessons available.
Sunset paddles depart daily in season & afford the best lake & mountain sunset views possible. Be sure to bring your camera!
Spur of the moment tours are welcome, but you might want to book in advance July - Sept.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter & Transport Canada certified sailing charter vessel. Kayak rentals, instruction & guided day trips. Experience paddling with the seals, visit a historic pictograph site or a night paddle with bioluminescence illuminating every stroke. Cruise Desolation Sound or Mitlenatch Island on-board the 13 m (43 ft) schooner Misty Isles. Multi-day kayak mothership trips explore remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
3317 30th Ave
Vernon, British Columbia
We offer a unique behind the scenes look at the wine industry in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Tours operate daily showcasing the wonders of the local wineries. Join us to meet the local vintners, walk the vineyards, indulge in a marvellous food and wine pairing at lunch, enjoy exclusive tastings and so much more. Daily wine tours start throughout the Okanagan: Osoyoos (South), Vernon (North), Salmon Arm (Shuswap) and new this year Kamloops. Pick up can be arranged from hotels, attractions, private residences or businesses. Private charters and custom wine tours can also be arranged tailored to your group's needs.
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
An awe inspiring way to experience the wildlife and remote splendors of coastal British Columbia with the comfort of a luxury yacht and the natural intimacy of sea kayaks.
Join our dedicated sea kayak guides for fabulous kayaking opportunities that include Johnstone Strait orcas, thundering waterfalls, fascinating marine wildlife along with paddling amongst the islands, inlets and the steep, rainforest covered mountains of coastal British Columbia.
Savour the comforts of a 75' Sea Ranger including staterooms with private heads & showers, spacious lounging and dining areas and a 30' sky deck with spa.
Experience the adventure!
146 Kingston St Marina Level
Victoria, British Columbia
World-class whale watching & marine wildlife tours. The clear, nutrient rich waters of Juan de Fuca & Haro Strait support an amazingly rich & diverse animal ecosystem & have been rated as one of the best places to view killer whales in the wild. On-board biologists with extensive knowledge of both local waters & marine habitat make this an educational experience you'll never forget. Complimentary shuttle service from all downtown locations & free vehicle parking. Victoria's only liquor licensed whale watching vessels. Reservations are highly recommended. Ask about our "Whale Guarantee".
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful & largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife & towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, Powell River Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction & rentals.
Join us in 2014 for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks & equipment & a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
2014 will begin a new level of comfort, quality & experience. Desolation's Island Cabana Experience! Handcrafted eco-cabins on an island in the middle of Desolation.
And for those looking for comfort & adventures beyond, our new Mothership tours will explore key areas of the BC coast, including prime orca waters.
451 Herald Street
Victoria, British Columbia
What could be better than spending summer days exploring the beautiful BC coast while learning to sail a traditional tall ship? Our ten-day summer trips collectively circumnavigate Vancouver Island. Programs open to ages 13-25 year olds with short day sails open to all ages. Our ships are the 34 metre (111 ft) topsail schooner Pacific Swift & the 42 m (138 ft) gaff rigged schooner Pacific Grace. Formal sailing instruction is provided, & no previous experience is necessary. Trips ashore & rousing mug-ups round out this life changing experience! Four or Five day Group Programs run in the spring and fall (generally school groups).