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Cruising the Inside Passage on the MV Northern Expedition
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Cruises & Boat Tours

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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Beyond the Road Adventures - Lund

Toll-free
Phone604-483-8128

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!

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella

Toll-free888-877-1770
Phone604-980-3800

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travelling 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.

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Columbia Wetlands Adventures - Parson

2629 Hwy 95
Parson, British Columbia
V0A 1L0
Toll-free888-244-7117
Phone250-348-2235

Immerse yourself in the serenity & wonder of the world-famous Columbia Wetlands. Witness the wetlands come alive as you float quietly past beaver dams, osprey nests & a heron rookery. With over 300 species of mammals & birds & the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, our adventures are a nature-lover's dream come true! An on-board guide will amaze & entertain you with their knowledge of the history, ecology & wildlife of the area.

We also offer canoe, kayak & SUP rentals for those who want to create their own adventure. We are a short drive from Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Radium Hot Springs.

54

Cruise Okanagan - Vernon

7813 Okanagan Landing Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 7Z3
Toll-free
Phone250-545-8388

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!

55

Fraser River Safari - Mission

33428 Harbour Ave
Mission, British Columbia
V2V 2W4
Toll-free866-348-6877
Phone604-826-7361

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.

56

Harbour Cruises & Events - Vancouver

501 Denman St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2W9
Toll-free800-663-1500
Phone604-688-7246

Join us for a unique Vancouver experience offering some of the best 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.

57

Indian Arm & Vancouver Harbour Boat & Eco Tours - Port Moody

2706 Spring St
Port Moody, British Columbia
V3H 0G1
Toll-free
Phone604-722-4277

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.

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Inner Coast Inlet Tours - Bella Coola

Bella Coola Harbour
Bella Coola, British Columbia
V0T 1C0
Toll-free
Phone604-992-1424

Inner Coast Inlet Tours invites you to come explore the wild and rugged beauty of the BC coast. Fish canneries, giant cedar trees, natural hot springs and wildlife such as eagles, harbour seals, and pacific white sided dolphins are just a few of the highlights to expect to see on one of our customized charter trips.

Inner Coast Inlet Tours offers a variety of personalized tours and water taxi service to remote locations along the coastal fjords of the central coast. Leave your troubles and cares behind and step aboard the M.V. "Slim Jim", our 27 ft (8.1 m) welded aluminium life timer cabin cruiser.

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Lake Tours on the Shuswap - Sicamous

117 Finlayson St
Sicamous, British Columbia
V0E 2V0
Toll-free
Phone250-804-6496

Enjoy a boat tour of beautiful Shuswap Lake and a beachside lunch at Narrows Village, our off-the-grid resort. Pick-up is available in Sicamous, Anglemont, St. Ives, and Totem. Lunch includes a campfire hot dog roast with all the fixings, fresh soup or salads, iced tea or hot chocolate, and toasted marshmallows with an optional dip in Bailey's for dessert.

This is a Bring-Your-Own Bottle activity with ice-filled coolers available for your use. Boarding is at 12 noon with a return by 3:30 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of leisurely sightseeing from the boat, a walk around Narrows Village where you'll enjoy a tour of this unique resort, lunch and perhaps a swim in the warm water or just relax under an umbrella.

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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises - Victoria

Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Y2
Toll-free888-599-5323
Phone250-386-7245

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2014) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to 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 beautiful ships. Private ensuite staterooms available. 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.

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