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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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.
7990 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia
Embark upon an "Adventure of a Lifetime" aboard a 135-foot working freight boat - the MV Aurora Explorer, transporting a wide variety of freight throughout the inland waterways along BC's beautiful & remote central coastline. Enjoy the uniqueness of small group cruising, discovering new friends, savouring fantastic cuisine & witnessing spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife & marine life. Observe activity on the freight deck, pour over charts and mingle with the captain & crew in the wheelhouse, or from the cozy viewing lounges explore the nautical & historical library describing the early explorers, settlers & native populations of the regionall pleasures of cruising aboard the Aurora Explorer.
154 Tsulquate Reserve
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Fascinating cultural adventure aboard a 28' Transport Canada certified vessel provides great insights into the magnitude of the rapids, which can run up to 17 knots during the peak tidal changes, as well as the local Aboriginal culture & wildlife. This area is also the gateway to the southern part of the Great Bear Rainforest offering guests breathtaking views of its remote & mysterious coastline.
It's a 4 or 5 hour trip across Queen Charlotte Strait into some of the most remote wilderness in the world. Tours are conducted by a knowledgeable guide from the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations & are designed to entertain & educate.
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 Road
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!
8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historical vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia & Alaskan coastline. The Pacific Yellowfin operates on a completely bespoke format. There are only sample itineraries & no cruise is alike. They are all tailor-made & co-created with each guest. Not compromising its elegance, it is literally a boatload of fun with toys you wouldn't dare think they are on board. There is something for everyone. Call us!
788 Quayside Dr
New Westminster, British Columbia
Welcome to Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours. Celebrating 24 years providing top quality cruises on our authentic sternwheeler, exploring BC's Famous Fraser River (gateway to BC's history). Based in the beautiful historic city of New Westminster, offering cruises ranging from full day to 2-1/2 hour discovery cruises watching the river at work & play; bridges from massive brand new to 110 years old & ever present wildlife. Relaxing evening sunset dinner cruises or exploring the natural wilderness of Pitt lake, one of the largest fresh water tidal lakes in the world. We specialize in weddings & all corporate & private functions. Easily accessible & open year round for special events, Christmas cruises & private functions.
200 Bernard Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
The Lake Lounge is Kelowna's newest cruise boat and we've spared no expense to ensure passenger safety, comfort and satisfaction.
We provide dinner cruises featuring exceptional food and superb live entertainment; daily afternoon lake and private charter cruises, accommodating up to 88 passengers for your special event or celebration! Gather friends and family for a memorable lake cruise experience.
Vaulted ceilings, a state-of-the-art kitchen and gas fireplace create the ultimate chic atmosphere on the lower deck. The upper-deck features the largest floating bar on Okanagan Lake, raised dance floor, hot tub, premium sound system and 3 plasma TV's.
1234-N Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours is world-renowned as one of the best guided tours in the province of British Columbia. Experience marine life, historical landmarks, First Nations history, unique sailboats & yachts, seaplanes, waterside dining, float home communities & friendly skippers. Join thousands of sightseers & watch the free Harbour Ferry water ballet on summer Sundays at 10:45 am, performed in the Inner Harbour. Choose between a Harbour Ferry Tour or a Gorge Waterway Tour, or opt for both for a discounted rate! Both are great outings that your family and friends will especially enjoy. Special family & senior rates. Ask about Pickle Pub Crawls!
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3 1371 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
Family owned business offering Whale Watching, Wildlife & Adventure Tours & Grizzly bear viewing. Our Grizzly Bear Journey is on Aboriginal lands with viewing platforms at Orford River, in Bute Inlet. Explore with us the beautiful water ways of the Discovery Islands. Possibly view Killer Whales (Orca), Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Seals, Black bears, Eagles & so much more!
In operation since 2000 & is one of Campbell River's most experienced tour operators with over 30 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified. Guaranteed sightings; see website for details.
Rated by TripAdvisor as the number 1 attraction in Campbell River.