Cruises & Boat Tours
Sailboat cruise (Dannielle Hayes photo)
Go cruising in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region to access spectacular scenery and the mild, protected waters of the Sunshine Coast and Fraser River.
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park (on the Sunshine Coast) is one of the most popular destinations for BC cruises.
Set sail with a cruise operator named “Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure (2009), combine a night at a historic hotel in Lund with a sunset dinner cruise, or blend cruising with ocean paddling by wet launching a kayak from a mothership schooner.
Sailboat charters are plentiful on the Sunshine Coast; there are also powerboat or paddleboat cruises available on the Fraser River.
Cruises range from multi-day sailing trips with nights spent onboard (accommodations vary from ship to ship) to single day excursions. Groups are usually under ten guests. West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay), Gibsons, Sechelt, Lund and Mission are popular ports of departure for cruise companies.
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Cortes Island, British Columbia
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.
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.
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 and marine ecosystems, and 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.