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BC Ferries' Inside Passage route between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert

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Ocean Journeys

One of BC’s defining features is its stunning coastline, and seeing some of that coastline from the water is a not-to-be-missed experience. There are a number of ways to do this, anything from paddling a kayak in a sheltered bay or among the remote islands of an offshore archipelago, to cruising in comfort aboard a BC ferry or a luxury cruise liner along the incomparable Inside Passage route. Other options include sailboat excursions, or trips aboard a working coastal freighter.

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Clayoquot Sound and the Broken Group Islands

For a gentle trip on the water, climb into a sea kayak or board a sailboat for a tour of the Broken Group Islands, a chain of idyllic islands in Barkley Sound and part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Paddle or sail the clear waters where forests of kelp wave in the current, and feel the spirit of a place where Nuu-chah-nulth canoes cut the water centuries ago. Majestic Ocean Kayaking in nearby Ucluelet offers day trips to multi-day excursions. Post-paddle, relive the adventure over West Coast cuisine at Fetch Restaurant at the spectacular Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking

Wildlife viewing & guided ocean kayaking day trips, half day trips & multi-day trips. Fun for all ability levels; lessons & top of the line equipment included; gourmet lunches on the day trips & delicious catered meals on the multi-day trips. Cert...
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Working Freighters

A unique and unforgettable way to see Vancouver Island is aboard a working freighter. Day trips are available out of Port Alberni aboard the MV Frances Barkley, which visits ports of call including Bamfield, Ucluelet and the Broken Group Islands. Based in Gold River is the MV Uchuck III, which plies the waters around Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and Kyuqout Sound. There are day trip, overnight, and two-night options. Or, if the east coast of Vancouver Island piques your interest, climb aboard the MV Aurora Explorer for a five-day adventure that includes stops in either the Discovery Islands or Broughton Archgipelago.

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Coastal Hot Springs

BC is home to a numerous hot springs, from major resorts to tiny and undeveloped natural pools. Several of these natural springs are situated along the coast, and are accessible by boat. Among the not-to-be-missed sites is Hot Springs Cove, near Tofino, with its wooden boardwalk through the rainforest to a cascading hot springs waterfall. Nearby Ahousat Hot Springs, in Gibson Marine Provincial Park, is also worth a visit. Further up the coast, be sure to stop in at Shearwater Hot Springs Conservancy, Weewanie Hot Springs Provincial Park, Bishop Bay, Eucott Bay, and the Tallheo Hot Springs, all located along BC’s central coast.

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Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait

There are so many memorable experiences to be had in the waters between Vancouver Island and BC’s mainland. Broughton Archipelago is the province’s largest marine park, and Johnstone Strait is one of the world’s best places to spot Orcas. Sail among islands and inlets of the marine park, pull in to the boardwalk community of Telegraph Cove; paddle with Orcas in the Johnstone Strait; or enjoy a rich First Nations cultural experience at the U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay. And no matter where you are in this beautiful area, watch the water and the skies for plenty of local wildlife.

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Go With The Flow Adventures Luxury Kayaking

We offer all inclusive kayaking tours from our luxury base camp near Vancouver Island. Our luxury kayaking tours include gourmet meals with wine, comfortable cabin accommodation with duvets, hot showers, wood fired cedar hot tub, kayaking equipmen...
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Mothership Adventures Columbia III

Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak ...
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Pacific Yellowfin Charters

The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historic vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the BC coastline. Available for per-cabin trips during Jun...
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Exploring the Gulf Islands from the Water

Watch for otters, seals and birdlife as you glide through the waters of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a protected marine environment off Vancouver Island’s eastern shore. Dotted with remote coves, white shell beaches and intricate rock formations, this maze of isles makes for an idyllic paddling or boating environment. Pack a picnic lunch and stop off at a secluded beach, or take a gourmet weekend kayaking tour with Edible Canada and enjoy great food and wine while camping under the stars.

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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours

Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness, & cultural sailing expeditions throughout Canada's pacific coast. Explore, experience, & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & traveling in comfort aboard our 70' classi...
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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2015) & a "Best of the World" by National Geographic Traveler (2013). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords,...
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Princess Louisa Inlet

One of the most beautiful sights in BC – a province famed for its scenery – is Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park, a long fjord at the head of Jervis Inlet. During the summer, dozens of waterfalls cascade down the fjord’s sheer walls. The jewel in the crown is Chatterbox Falls, a year-round torrent at the head of the inlet.
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Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park

This park is a yachter's paradise at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel with more than 60 kilometres of shoreline, several islands, numerous small bays and snug coves. The forested upland offers trails and wilderness tent sites....
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Terracentric Coastal Adventures

Terracentric Coastal Adventures offers dynamic tours by boat and sea kayak to some of the most beautiful, scenic marine parks in the world: Desolation Sound, Copeland Islands and Mitlenatch Island Nature Reserve. Our day tours range from 3.5 to 8 ...
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Inside Passage

Witness a staggering range of ocean life off BC’s mid- and north coast, along the renowned Inside Passage route. Watch for sea otters, whales, sea lions, Orcas, dolphins and more as you kayak among the coves and inlets of the vast and remote Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area, the largest protected marine area on the BC coast. Board a sailboat or power boat and explore the many deep fjords along BC’s coast, where rainforest-covered mountains plummet into the ocean. Or leave the driving to BC Ferries or to a cruise ship company as these massive vessels make their way past stunning scenery bound for northern ports of call.

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Exploring Haida Gwaii from the Water

Haida Gwaii is a remote archipaelago about an hour’s flight or seven hours by ferry from Prince Rupert. It’s also among the most culturally and ecologically rich places on earth. Paddle in sheltered bays, or sail in the open ocean, and let your spirit wander in Gwaii Haanas. Travel by boat or kayak through this remote, roadless wilderness in southern Haida Gwaii, where more than 600 archaeological sites are scattered among 138 forested islands, including SGang Gwaay Llnagaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring remains of houses and carved mortuary and memorial poles.

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Ocean Adventures Charter Co

Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, t...
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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.

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Bluewater Adventures

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. Travellin...
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