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 abundant 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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Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, to help ensure your safety. Some of the best certified captains & crew. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy intimate experiences with nature & our photographers some of the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With a maximum of 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!
8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historic vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia coastline. Available for per cabin trips during June and September, or full boat charter anytime during our season. Off-season day cruises also available, please inquire.
Full boat charters are 100% custom and tailor made just for your group! We offer everything from gourmet dining, to truly wild bear and whale watching, to awesome water sports for all ages. There is something for everyone onboard the Pacific Yellowfin.
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Whether you are a first time zodiac adventurer or a seasoned veteran, we guarantee that you will have a blast! Our fleet of open-air, purpose built, zodiac-style vessels are one of Vancouver's fastest & safest ways to view the city from the sea.
Adventures begin cruising along the Vancouver Inner Harbour, then soaring up to 55 km per hour as we cross the Burrard Inlet. Along the way our experienced, qualified & passionate skippers will provide a fascinating array of information, highlighting the sights of Vancouver's Coal Harbour, North Shore, English Bay, False Creek & Stanley Park.
Tours are 90 minutes in length & depart from the Westin Bayshore Hotel.
1451B Hwy 101
Lund, British Columbia
Terracentric Coastal Adventures offers dynamic tours by boat and sea kayak to some of the most beautiful, scenic marine parks in the world: Desolation Sound, Copeland Islands and Mitlenatch Island Nature Reserve. Our day tours range from 3.5 to 8 hours, with full day tours offering the opportunity to go ashore, enjoying our delicious, home made, locally sourced lunches. Multi-day tours run from 2 to 5 days in length.
On foot, Terracentric offers hiking tours through luscious green forests along the Sunshine Coast Trail.
With local, professional guides/naturalists, you will learn of fascinating human and natural history from ancient First Nations to modern day newcomers. With diverse marine life, including increased whale sightings, stunning vistas and warm waters for swimming, you'll never want to leave.
189 Dallas Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours, world-renowned as one of the best guided tours in British Columbia, lets passengers experience Victoria's marine wildlife, historical landmarks, First Nations history, unique sailboats and yachts, seaplanes, waterside dining, and float home communities.
Join thousands of sightseers in the Inner Harbour and watch the free Harbour Ferry water ballet on summer Saturdays and Sundays at 10:45 am. Meet with friends or family at the Causeway Marina for a Harbour Ferry or Gorge Waterway Tour. Take a Water Taxi to harbour restaurants, the Delta spa, or Fisherman's Wharf for ice cream and fish & chips!
And for the fun-loving adult - from May 16 - Sep 14, take your friends on a Pickle Pub Crawl and "hop" between the harbour's best pubs!
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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 the 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 40 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified. Guaranteed sightings; see website for details.
Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 attraction in Campbell River (2014).
Come paddle with us. The scenery is spectacular here with mountain vistas, majestic old growth rainforests, expansive wilderness & captivating wildlife. What better way to see all of this, than to kayak the shores of beautiful Vancouver Island. Adventuress offers wildlife tours, rentals & lessons. Choose from fun day tours, sunset paddles and full moon howls in Nanoose, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. Families welcome. Want to up your adventure quotient? Join us for our weekend getaways & exciting multi-day excursions in the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Johnstone Strait & Broken Group Islands. Check out our all-women trips; all women-all fun! Every day an adventure. Live fully. Let Adventuress Sea Kayaking take you on a trip of a lifetime. All tours come with a certified guide, kayak, gear and instruction.
Quadra Island, British Columbia
AG-Fish Enterprises specializes in saltwater salmon fishing charters in and around Quadra Island and Campbell River. A short 15-45 minute cruise from the docks at Quadra Island or Campbell River puts you in the middle of some of the best salmon fishing action.
The water around Quadra Island is sheltered & offer calm seas. For your comfort, our fishing is from 7 m (23 ft) covered sport fishing cruiser, which is Transport Canada Certified & approved. It features washrooms and some of the best equipment on the market.
Come join us for a fishing adventure of a lifetime!
This classic 42' Californian convertible sport fishing yacht has a 15.2' beam and is designed for up to 20 passengers. Anglers Dream II is a private Vancouver boat for charter & comes with many amenities including: spacious interior lounge, ice maker, surround sound, outside large open deck, complete galley, comfortable sized head (restroom); & room for up to 7 passengers on the upper deck for the ultimate view of the bay.
This yacht is in pristine condition & fully renovated in 2010. When you charter this sport fishing yacht for a fishing charter we supply all the fishing gear & equipment. Bring your own food & drinks and leave the driving to us! Pick up & drop off in front of Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island.