Cruises & Boat Tours
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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7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
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 rated #1 in Trip Advisor. New for 2014 Sechelt Inlet Zodiac tours! Come see spectacular scenery & wildlife from the comfort of our fast & fun Zodiac!
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful & largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife & towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, Powell River Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction & rentals.
Join us in 2014 for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks & equipment & a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
2014 will begin a new level of comfort, quality & experience. Desolation's Island Cabana Experience! Handcrafted eco-cabins on an island in the middle of Desolation.
And for those looking for comfort & adventures beyond, our new Mothership tours will explore key areas of the BC coast, including prime orca waters.
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
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.
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
451 Herald Street
Victoria, British Columbia
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).
6409 Bay St
West Vancouver, British Columbia
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.
1119 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
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.
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!
Gibsons, British Columbia
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.