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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 lots of 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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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Websitehttp://www.princeofwhales.com
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone604-633-6413

Prince of Whales is BC's largest marine adventure company. We've been sharing premiere whale-watching experiences with the world for 20 years! With year-round departures, & offices in both Vancouver & Victoria, we've welcomed more than 200,000 guests eager to learn & observe our unique marine wildlife in natural habitats. From downtown Vancouver our multi-deck Ocean Magic cruiser departs the Westin Bayshore Marina on one of Canada's designated Signature Canadian Experiences, our 'Ultimate Day Tour'. Enjoy comfort & convenience, spectacular views & expert guidance as you look for whales & other mammals in the scenic Gulf Islands. Your 'Ultimate Day' continues with free time in historic Victoria, plus a guided tour to Butchart Gardens. You'll re-board right in Butchart's private marine cove & quickly cruise back to Vancouver to enjoy your evening plans.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria - Victoria

812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Websitehttp://www.princeofwhales.com
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone250-383-4884

Prince of Whales is BC's largest marine adventure company. We have been sharing premiere whale-watching and marine-wildlife experiences with the world for 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver and Victoria, we have welcomed more than 200,000 guests to our waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing unique behaviours of marine wildlife in natural habitats.

From Victoria, tours range from 3-hour Zodiac and Ocean Magic Adventures to longer guided day tours with drop-off at Butchart Gardens private marine cove. Join us from May through September as we embark on an afternoon adventure across Georgia Straight on route to Vancouver. Enjoy comfort and convenience, as well as spectacular views, as we travel through the Gulf Islands behind Salt Spring Island.

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Salts Sail and Life Training Society - Victoria

451 Herald Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3N8
Websitehttp://www.salts.ca
Toll-free888-383-6811
Phone250-383-6811

What could be better than spending summer days exploring the beautiful BC coast while learning to sail a traditional tall ship? Our ten-day summer trips collectively circumnavigate Vancouver Island. Programs open to ages 13-25 year olds with short day sails open to all ages. Our ships are the 34 metre (111 ft) topsail schooner Pacific Swift & the 42 m (138 ft) gaff rigged schooner Pacific Grace. Formal sailing instruction is provided, & no previous experience is necessary. Trips ashore & rousing mug-ups round out this life changing experience! Four or Five day Group Programs run in the spring and fall (generally school groups).

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Sewell's Sea Safari Eco-Tour - West Vancouver

6409 Bay St
West Vancouver, British Columbia
V7W 3H5
Websitehttp://www.sewellsmarina.com
Toll-free
Phone604-921-3474

Take a 2 hr 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 Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T7
Websitehttp://www.VictoriaWhaleWatching.com
Toll-free800-470-3474
Phone250-384-4444

SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks & a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Expert Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating & 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 from April through October. Day trips, including transportation &/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle. Sportfishing Charters Available on 42' Sportfish Yacht.

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Steveston EcoTours - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Websitehttp://www.stevestonecotours.com
Toll-free
Phone604-377-5964

Enjoy a unique marine wildlife EcoTour of the Steveston Harbour, Fraser River Estuary & 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 & marine ecosystems & discover ancient historic sites. You will see whales, sea lions, dolphins, seals, eagles & seabirds, depending on the season & tour. Different tours each season! Travel in comfort & safety aboard our custom EcoTour boat Archie V, a 6.7 m (22 ft) aluminium boat with spacious viewing deck, enclosed & heated cabin with large observation windows & seating for 6 guests.

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Sunset Charters - Prince Rupert

Websitehttp://www.sunsetcharters.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-622-8859

We offer premium fully guided fishing adventures in some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing waters. Whether you are novice or expert anglers, families, friends or corporate teams, we can customize your trips and cater to your groups needs.

Single and multi day trips are available, as well as on the water accommodation minutes from prime fishing grounds.

Our boats are stable, fast, and comfortable customized 7.8 m (26') Zeta cruisers with fully enclosed cabins and on-board bathroom facilities. Fully equipped with all the required safety gear, and top of the line fishing equipment, and skippered by experienced, certified, friendly and knowledgable guides.

Contact us to set up your fishing adventure of a lifetime!

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Sunshine Kayaking - Sailing Tours - Fishing Charters - Gibsons

Molly's Lane
Gibsons, British Columbia
V0N 1V0
Websitehttp://www.sunshinekayaking.com
Toll-free855-566-9760
Phone604-886-9760

Your adventure starts today. Sunshine Kayaking - Sailing Tours - Fishing Charters was established in 1991 as the first kayaking company on the Sunshine Coast. We are located in Gibsons Landing Harbour, a spectacular waterfront location at the entrance to Howe Sound & the Islands of Keats, Gambier, Bowen, Paisley & Anvil.

One of the best adventure tourism companies on the Sunshine Coast, offering kayaking & SUP paddle board rentals, tours & lessons, skippered sailing tours, fishing charters, Gibsons Harbour Tours & Learn to Sail Programs.

The Islands in Howe Sound is paradise for kayakers, fantastic sightseeing on a sailing tour, salmon fishing on our fishing charters, or just enjoying a Gibsons Harbour Tour by boat.

Just a 40 minute BC ferry ride from Vancouver into Gibsons Harbour & your adventure begins.

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West Coast Expeditions - Kyuquot

Spring Island
Kyuquot, British Columbia
V0P 1J0
Websitehttp://westcoastexpeditions.com
Toll-free800-665-3040
Phone250-338-2511

Savour a diverse west coast sea kayaking adventure that allows you to connect, experience & refresh. Options for families & individual adventurers of all ages. Truly get away and journey off the beaten path by sea kayak in the marine wilderness of Kyuquot Sound & Checleset Bay. With the unmatched camping luxuries of our Wilderness Retreat on Spring Island, learn about local First Nation culture, colourful marine wildlife & the mysteries of the coast's old-growth forests on multi-day, all-inclusive, professionally-guided tours with delicious wholesome meals, comfy beds & a team that cares. Guest feedback is that we're in a league on our own - we think that's because of the great people who join us!

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Wild Whales Vancouver - Vancouver

1806 Mast Tower Rd
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 4B6
Websitehttp://www.whalesvancouver.com
Toll-free
Phone604-699-2011

Wild Whales Vancouver is the only dedicated whale-watching company departing from Vancouver. The Wild Whales experience allows you to observe Killer Whales & the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime!

Board one of our vessels at Vancouver's historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel into English Bay, where views of Vancouver & the Coast Mountains are unparalleled.

Every trip is different as we explore the Strait of Georgia, the Canadian Gulf Islands & the US San Juan Islands in search of whales. Sightings guaranteed! If you don't see whales, you get a second trip for free!

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