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Cruising the Inside Passage on the MV Northern Expedition
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Burrard Inlet, Vancouver (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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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Archipelago Wildlife Cruises - Ucluelet

Whiskey Landing Marina
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0
Toll-free
Phone250-726-8289

Treat yourself to an unforgettable West Coast adventure. Join us aboard our luxurious yacht for a relaxing whale & wildlife cruise. The Raincoast Maiden is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom & comfortable seating inside & out. Enjoy the magical scenery of Barkley Sound with a taste of luxury & watch the area's abundant wildlife, which includes whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles, sea birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available for guests. Our interpretive tours include a scenic cruise though the sheltered waters of the Broken Group Islands & an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic evening wildlife cruises & private charters are also available.

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BC Whale Tours - Victoria

1234 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3H9
Toll-free
Phone250-590-5030

Experience the rugged beauty of the West Coast with Victoria's premiere whale watching company. Enjoy all the wildlife and adventure the Salish Sea has to offer in the comfort of our Three custom, state-of-the-art vessels! Our knowledgeable crew make each and every trip an inspiring and educational experience. BC Whale Tours is a company like no other ~ We simply Love what we do!! Whale Guarantee Program ~ The best in the Industry ~ June 1st - Sept 30. We will go as far as we need to in order to see whales. If you don't see whales then you receive a 20% refund and you can keep coming back for free on a standby basis until you do see Whales!!

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Bites-on Salmon Charters, Vancouver - Vancouver

450 Denman Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 3J1
Toll-free877-688-2483
Phone604-688-2483

Guided salmon fishing in downtown Vancouver, BC. Over 20 years of service in the downtown core. Bites-on offers 5 hour, 8 hour & 10 hour guided salmon fishing adventures from Vancouver. We offer high quality certified charter boats. Our Transport Canada certified captains & guides are renowned for their catch rates & are professional, friendly & very knowledgeable in all aspects of fishing the waters of Georgia Strait & the Gulf Islands. With our extensive network of 'BC Sport fishing Guide Association' member charter boats we can accommodate groups of any size in total comfort. A great day on the water. You have to see Vancouver from the water! Great rates & great times!

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Blackfish Sailing Adventures - Victoria

1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 2N4
Toll-free
Phone250-216-2389

We offer both day sailing and overnight cruises from Oak Bay, the 'wild' side of Victoria - only minutes from downtown Victoria. This area and surrounding Gulf Islands are a boater's dream, featuring wild islands, diverse marine life, and tranquil anchorages, against a background of snow-capped mountains.

Ours is a 'hands-on' experience where you can learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessels include a 35 foot Beneteau sloop and an F27 Trimaran.

On cruises to surrounding islands we take along kayaks and inflatable. With our new trimaran, be prepared to hang on as she can quickly accelerate to 20 knot speeds, raising adrenaline levels. We also offer unobtrusive whale watching with her - under sail alone!

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Blue Pacific Yacht Charters - Vancouver

1519 Foreshore Walk
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 3X3
Toll-free800-237-2392
Phone604-682-2161

We are situated in British Columbia, Canada & specialize in bareboat sail & power boat charters. Alternatively, you can hire an instructor to help create unforgettable vacation memories aboard our late model charter yachts or do a customized 'Cruise & Learn' program giving you the skills to bareboat on your next charter. Our popular Yacht Lease program is a great alternative to owning a boat for a fraction of the cost of ownership. We can also organize a fishing charter with a professional guide & all equipment provided. Call us for more details!

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Cliff's Chinook Charters - Comox

Toll-free
Phone250-650-0684

I am available to provide you with any fishing package you would like to develop with me as I have a reliable network of fishing guides & sports fisherman all over Vancouver Island. Areas I prefer to fish are locally, Comox Valley & Campbell River however I would strongly suggest a trip with myself staying at Denham Bay Cottages and fishing from there with me. If you are interested in fishing any of these locations let me know & I will provide you with advice in setting up accommodations & any other necessary arrangements to make your fishing trip of a lifetime a success.

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Crabby's Fishing Charters - Campbell River

Toll-free
Phone250-218-0671

Crabby's has the best rates,boats and results in Campbell River! Come enjoy a day of fishing in the beautiful Comox Valley & Campbell River area.

The waters of the Strait of Georgia are open to salmon fishing year round. Marine wildlife such as killer whales, dolphins, seals & sea lions can be seen as well. Crabby's Charters welcomes families & encourages taking kids fishing. You could consider splitting the day up with salmon fishing, then switching to light tackle cod fishing for the kids; or pull crab & prawn traps for a seafood feast. We also have fishing charters in Tofino on Vancouver Island's westcoast. Visit our website for more information.

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Eagle Wing Whale Watching - Victoria

12 Erie St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3H9
Toll-free800-708-9488
Phone250-384-8008

Eagle Wing is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We've achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet and for being Canada's first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company. When you ride with us you are guaranteed to see whales (guaranteed adventure). For travellers demanding more, Eagle Wing Tours is Trip Advisor's #1 top rated whale watching experience in Victoria, since 2007. At the centre of the world's highest concentration of killer whales, orca, (Blackfish) in the Salish Sea you will be treated to a thrilling, sustainable, and premium marine adventure. Our guests come from around the world to experience what we do every day. We respect this doing everything we can to go above and beyond.

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Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres - Tofino

606 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-667-9913
Phone250-725-3919

We are your one stop for Adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer Whale Watching, Bear Watching and Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cruiser vessels. Offering several departures, 7 days a week, we can accommodate just about any schedule! Other Adventures include Kayaking, Cultural Canoeing, Meares Island hiking, sunset and harbour tours, float plane flights & more! Gift shops & lots of free parking (including motorhome/RV parking) available at both Tofino & Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels available in Tofino! We Guarantee our Whale and Bear sightings, ask us for details! Multi-tour discounts are also available. Book your authentic west coast adventure today!

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