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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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Misty Isles Adventures - Cortes Island

Mansons Landing
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free
Phone250-935-6756

Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter & Transport Canada certified sailing charter vessel. Kayak rentals, instruction & guided day trips. Experience paddling with the seals, visit a historic pictograph site or a night paddle with bioluminescence illuminating every stroke. Cruise Desolation Sound or Mitlenatch Island on-board the 13 m (43 ft) schooner Misty Isles. Multi-day kayak mothership trips explore remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

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MJO Tours - Vernon

3317 30th Ave
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 2C9
Toll-free877-726-6548
Phone250-545-3016

We offer a unique behind the scenes look at the wine industry in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Tours operate daily showcasing the wonders of the local wineries. Join us to meet the local vintners, walk the vineyards, indulge in a marvellous food and wine pairing at lunch, enjoy exclusive tastings and so much more. Daily wine tours start throughout the Okanagan: Osoyoos (South), Vernon (North), Salmon Arm (Shuswap). Pick up can be arranged from hotels, attractions, private residences or businesses. Private charters and custom wine tours can also be arranged tailored to your group's needs.

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Nootka Marine Adventures Ltd - Tahsis

Head Bay Rd
Tahsis, British Columbia
V0P 1X0
Toll-free877-337-5464
Phone877-337-8834

Custom Crafted West Coast Wilderness Experience. Three resorts that tailor to the needs of every angler & adventurer. Fish for salmon, halibut, lingcod & rockfish. All resorts have close proximity to fishing grounds, with large, comfortable boats, fully certified & experienced guides, offering some of the best inshore & offshore fishing. Enjoy scenic marine & cultural tours, gourmet meals & luxury accommodations. Our fish processing facilities are Government certified.

Moutcha Bay Resort features: drive in road access, full service marina, licensed restaurant, boat rentals, RV Park & camping, luxury lodge suites, chalets & yurts. Nootka Sound Resort & Newton Cove Resort feature: floating wilderness resorts, luxury accommodation & gourmet meals, located in a secluded coves in Nootka Sound & Esperanza Inlet, ideal for corporate groups, some of the most productive inshore & offshore fishing on Vancouver Island.

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Orca Spirit Adventures Whale Watching - Victoria

146 Kingston St Marina Level
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 1V4
Toll-free888-672-6722
Phone250-383-8411

World-class whale watching & marine wildlife tours. The clear, nutrient rich waters of Juan de Fuca & Haro Strait support an amazingly rich & diverse animal ecosystem & have been rated as one of the best places to view killer whales in the wild.

On-board biologists with extensive knowledge of both local waters & marine habitat make this an educational experience you'll never forget. Complimentary shuttle service from all downtown locations & free parking. Victoria's only liquor licensed, whale watching vessels. Reservations are highly recommended. Ask about our 'Whale Guarantee'.

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Pedals & Paddles Adventure Sports - Sechelt

7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A4
Toll-free866-885-6440
Phone604-885-6440

Come to Pedals & Paddles, one of BC's original kayak outfitters serving paddlers with exceptional service & equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer rentals & tours from hourly to multi-day. Sechelt Inlet is a paddlers paradise where the mountains meet the ocean & where you can see eagles & heron flying above & seals & dolphins playing in the ocean...really! A safe & protected waterway, we are located at the end of the road, the adventure starts here!

Our guided kayak tours are top rated on TripAdvisor. Enjoy the new (2014) Sechelt Inlet Zodiac tours! Perfect choice for families with differing ages & abilities to do fun, memorable activity together.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone604-633-6413

Prince of Whales has been sharing whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing & learning about the unique behaviours of marine wildlife in their natural habitats.

From May to September our semi-covered cruiser departs daily from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver on one of Canada's designated Canadian Signature Experiences. Enjoy comfort, convenience, spectacular views, & expert guidance as you search for whales & marine mammals on your way to Victoria. Your day continues with an afternoon at The Butchart Gardens followed by scenic cruise behind Salt Spring Island on route to downtown Vancouver.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria - Victoria

812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone250-383-4884

Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching and marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver and Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing and learning about the unique behaviours of marine wildlife in their natural habitats.

Tours range from three and a half hours to longer full and half-day tours with optional VIP entrance to the The Butchart Gardens via their private dock in Butchart Cove. Join us daily from late May through late September as we embark on afternoon whale watching adventures from downtown Victoria through the Gulf and San Juan Islands on route to downtown Vancouver.

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Sewell's Sea Safari Eco-Tour - West Vancouver

6409 Bay St
West Vancouver, British Columbia
V7W 3H5
Toll-free
Phone604-921-3474

Take a 2 hour boat ride on Vancouver's wild side. In Howe Sound you'll find yourself racing beside steep cliffs, watching seals at play, exploring sea caves & witnessing a variety of marine birds, including the majestic bald eagle. With an experienced guide you won't miss a thing on this ecological tour. Or join a guide on a salmon trip or rent your own self-drive boat. Located in West Vancouver beside BC Ferries in Horseshoe Bay at the start of Sea To Sky Country (highway to Whistler) & on the North Shore just 15 minutes from Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge.

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SpringTide Whale Tours & Charters - Victoria

1119 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T7
Toll-free800-470-3474
Phone250-384-4444

SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks and a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Expert Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating and spacious washroom facilities. Charter Marauder for your private events.

Just for the thrill of it, suit-up for a Zodiac tour! Naturalist interpretations throughout your excursion covering biology & behaviour of whales, marine mammals & birds.

3 hour tours are also from April through October. Day trips, including transportation and/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle.

Sportfishing charters available on a 42' sportfish yacht.

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Steveston EcoTours - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Toll-free
Phone604-377-5964

Enjoy a unique marine wildlife eco-tour of the Steveston harbour and Fraser River estuary, or the Gulf Islands. Our private group tours depart from Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site in Steveston, to special destinations. View spectacular marine wildlife, explore pristine forest and marine ecosystems and discover ancient historic sites. You will see whales, sea lions, dolphins, seals, eagles and seabirds, depending on the season and tour. Different tours each season! Travel in comfort and safety aboard our custom eco-tour boat, with spacious viewing deck, enclosed and heated cabin, large observation windows and seating for 6 guests.

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