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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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Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-812-9453

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!

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Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours - Victoria

360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 3S1
Toll-free855-714-7233
Phone250-244-1218

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!

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Pacific Yellowfin Charters - Vancouver

8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5X 3S7
Toll-free866-640-5935
Phone604-321-2124

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!

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Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours - New Westminster

788 Quayside Dr
New Westminster, British Columbia
V3M 6Z6
Toll-free877-825-1302
Phone604-525-4465

Welcome to Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours. Celebrating 25 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, as well as Steveston. We specialize in weddings & all corporate & private functions. Easily accessible & open year round for special events, Christmas cruises & private functions.

Call us for our 25% discount on all scheduled cruises (some exemptions apply).

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Sea Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Toll-free
Phone604-633-6413

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! Launching from the Westin Bayshore Hotel, our fleet of open-air, purpose built, zodiac-style vessels are Vancouver's fastest and safest way to view the city from the sea.

Adventures begin cruising along the Vancouver Inner Harbour, then soaring up to 55kph as we cross the Burrard Inlet. Along the way our experienced, qualified and passionate skippers will provide a fascinating array of information, highlighting the sights of Vancouver's Coal Harbour, Northshore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park.

Tours are 90 minutes in length & depart from the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

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The Lake Lounge on Okanagan - Kelowna

240 Queensway Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X 7K7
Toll-free
Phone778-753-5888

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.

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Victoria Harbour Ferry - Tours & Charters - Victoria

1234-N Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3H9
Toll-free
Phone250-708-0201

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 and watch the free Harbour Ferry water ballet on summer Sundays at 10:45 am, performed in the Inner Harbour. Meet with friends or family at the Causeway Marina for a Harbour Ferry Tour or Gorge Waterway Cruise, or take a Water Taxi to harbour restaurants, the Delta spa, or Fisherman's Wharf for ice cream and fish & chips! On any day from May 16 - Sep14, take your friends on a Pickle Pub Crawl and "hop" between the harbour's best pubs!

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Aboriginal Journeys: Wildlife Viewing & Adventure Tours - Campbell River

3 1371 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 5T5
Toll-free888-455-8101
Phone250-850-1101

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.

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Adventuress Sea Kayaking - Parksville

Toll-free866-955-6702
Phone250-755-6702

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.

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AG-Fish Enterprises Salmon Fishing Charter - Quadra Island

Quathiaski Cove
Quadra Island, British Columbia
V0P 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-285-2770

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!

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