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! Take an evening cruise or explore the inlet on our scheduled weekend tours. Go fishing with the guys....or girls! Get married in a remote bay, take the family on a beach tour...
Sailing Tours and Charters from just $35 per person, or from $65/hr charter the boat for a private adventure 7 days a week.
Safe, fully insured and 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. Traveling 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!
888 Hwy 16
Skidegate, British Columbia
Our mission is to provide a high quality, professional guiding service to all sectors of the tourism market, encompassing extensive Haida knowledge of the land and seas. We are the only Haida owned and operated charter/tour company licensed to operate within the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and visit the Haida Heritage sites of Kumshewa, Skedans (K'uuna Llnagaay), Tanu (T'aanuu Llnagaay), Windy Bay (Hlk'yah Llnagaay) and Hotspring Island (Gandll K'in Gwaayaay).
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.
210 Bernard Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
KelownaDinnerCruises does public dinner cruises Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights with live bands performing every night. We have a fully licensed bar and kitchen. We are also available for private charters such as wedding receptions, birthday or staff parties.
In the afternoons we do daily lake tours and offer evening sunset cruises. The Boardroom dinner cruise boat has a hot tub, slide, fireplace, dance floor, 2 bathrooms, TV/DVD, iPod and 2 stereo systems to ensure that your event is fun and memorable. Located in Kelowna at 100 Bernard Ave (across from the sails downtown); shuttle service available. Kids are welcome.
Historic Lund Hotel
Lund, British Columbia
Let us 'spirit' you away for an unforgettable scenic dinner cruise into world renowned Desolation Sound aboard the fully licensed 58' passenger motor vessel, 'The Swan Spirit'. Enjoy our fabulous 'Buffet at Sea' amid comfortable booth style seating in the fully enclosed lower lounge, or enjoy the sunsets on the open upper observatory deck as we cruise amongst the islands & inlets of BC's largest & best known marine park. The buffet style meal is fabulous & the sights are unforgettable. Don't forget your camera!