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The Vancouver Island region’s diverse ecosystems make for some of the best wildlife viewing in British Columbia.
Popular wildlife activities on Vancouver Island include guided whale-watching and bear-watching tours, but there are many self-guided wildlife viewing opportunities as well.
Watch grizzly bears in Knight Inlet, view Roosevelt elk (found only on Vancouver Island), check out one of many bird watching areas or look for the Vancouver Island marmot, an incredibly rare mammal.
Enjoy seeing prolific marine life in Barkley Sound and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, snorkel with salmon and seals, watch sea otters play in kelp beds or spot wildlife from the deck of a working coastal freighter as it plies the waters of remote West Coast inlets.
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Explore the Pacific Northwest on your own private yacht charter.
It's a stunning & magical region where in a day you can experience pristine forests, abundant wildlife, calm secluded bays & vibrant culture.
Cruise around Vancouver & sail up to an excellent waterfront restaurant. Venture to the Sunshine Coast to visit picturesque harbours with ocean view restaurants, then anchor in a peaceful cove. Or head out to the Gulf of San Juan Islands to explore tranquil bays & safe harbours with resorts, shopping, markets & galleries.
Contact us to help find the perfect yacht to give you the vacation of a lifetime.
12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops & eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels & float homes & watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Visit businesses at Fisherman's Wharf: Restaurant & Seafood Sales, Barb's Fish & Chips, The Fish Store & More, Grilligans BBQ, Jackson's Ice Cream, Hi Gear Crab Sales, Moka House Coffee & Bistro, Marine Adventures, Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Kelp Reef Kayaking, Pirate Adventures & don't forget Sammy the seal!
We provide Fishing Charters & Marine Tours - Year round. Whether it be fishing on the East Coast, West Coast or interior of Vancouver Island, we are ideally placed to move to where the fish are. We love salmon fishing, halibut fishing, bottom fishing & prawning/crabbing on the ocean & trout or salmon fishing on the Island's lakes & rivers.
We are passionate about providing safe & exciting fishing adventures. Our boats are comfortable & Transport Canada certified. Our guides are experienced, licenced & fully insured. We provide Charters in and around Courtenay/Comox, /Hornby/Denman, Port McNeil, Senora Island, Tahsis, Zeballos, Esperanza, Quatsino, Strathcona Park.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.
707 Nimpkish Heights RD
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Hook'n Them Up Fishing Charters is family owned & operated local business. We are proud to present our World Famous Guided Salmon Fishing, Halibut & Lingcod Sportfishing Charters located in the beautiful & remote location of Port McNeill & the surrounding areas. Photography & Sightseeing Tours of Queen Charlotte Sound, Inside Passage, Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A company that is proud to serve your sports fishing needs. Thank you in advance for thinking of us.
163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Island Escapades has welcomed thousands of paddlers to Salt Spring Island since 1990. Kayak along sculpted sandstone islets with your SKGABC certified guide, viewing the spectacular bounty of marine mammals, birds & intertidal life including giant sea stars. Seals pop up & gaze with inquisitive eyes, while bald eagles soar overhead; river otters,mink, porpoise, sea lions & orcas may also be spotted.
We offer Kayak harbour Tours & half and full day Marine Park Paddles, Beginner & Advanced Stroke & Rescue Clinics, Multi-Day Accredited Camping Expeditions, Adventure Youth Camps, School Programs & Guide Courses. Eclectic beachfront shop in Ganges offers Outdoor Gear, Kayak Accessories, Lifestyle, Surf & Skate Wear. Two self-contained waterfront accommodations also available.
109 Maquinna Ave
Zeballos, British Columbia
At Island Tides Fishing Lodge, we offer our guests world-class fresh & saltwater fishing adventures for trophy salmon, halibut, steelhead & trout. Our guests enjoy fishing the waters surrounding Nootka Island for trophy chinook & coho salmon, halibut, lingcod or fishing some of Vancouver Island's top rivers & lakes for salmon, trout & steelhead. On all of our fishing & outdoor adventures, our guests are treated to true West Coast hospitality at our waterfront lodge which provides guests with all of the modern amenities of home, with first-class accommodation & outstanding meal service.
1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from 4 to 15 days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in wildlife & whale viewing or an expedition to Gwaii Haanas National Park for the ultimate in wilderness adventures. Family specific departures are available. All tours are fully inclusive & no experience is needed for most tours.
Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2013) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a multi-day adventure cruise on the 28 m (92 ft) schooner Maple Leaf to really experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard a beautiful ship.
Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website for information.
2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for Royalty.
Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.