Boating & Sailing
Sailboat (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Vancouver Island is a prime boating destination for both novice and advanced boaters, and it offers marine landscapes from sheltered inland waterways to the rugged open ocean on the west coast.
The inshore waters around southern Vancouver Island provide excellent sailing and boating opportunities. One of the most popular boating destinations is the Gulf Islands, which provides a haven of safe anchorages, picturesque bays and charming towns.
Experienced, certified skippers or eager students wanting to learn the art of sailing will find skippered and bareboat charters available from a number of Vancouver Island communities. After setting sail, make use of the numerous outdoor activities on Vancouver Island, such as fishing, whale watching, and exploring beaches and coves.
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Empress Dock 'A'
Victoria, British Columbia
Come explore the West Coast aboard Tall Ship Thane. Haul sails, climb rigging, fire cannon, whale watching, bring a picnic; alcohol permitted. Owned and operated by Rob McCallum, Tall Ship Thane was built by Len Pearson and is a model of Joshua Slocum's Spray. Join us for a historic marine adventure!
1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
We offer both day sailing and overnight cruises from Oak Bay, the 'wild' side of Victoria - only minutes from downtown Victoria. This area and surrounding Gulf Islands are a boater's dream, featuring wild islands, diverse marine life, and tranquil anchorages, against a background of snow-capped mountains.
Ours is a 'hands-on' experience where you will have the opportunity to learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessel is a 35 foot Beneteau sloop.
On our exploratory cruises up the coast we can take along kayaks as well as our inflatable. This spring we are organizing cruises to magnificent Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound from Nanaimo and Comox, harbours convenient to these world famous cruising destinations.
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.
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).
We specialize in ISPA (International Sail & Power Association) sailing instruction around Vancouver Island. Whether you are intending to set out on a world voyage or charter a bareboat, our goal is to get you sailing with confidence & increase your skills to reach each ISPA level of sailing certification. We explore Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast or the West Coast to increase your knowledge & understanding of sailing in tidal waters around Vancouver Island & have fun.
202 - 1917 Peninsula
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Wild Pacific Sailing, based in Ucluelet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, offers our signature 3 night, 4 day, Ocean Harvest Adventure sailing tours in sheltered, coastal waters amid natural beauty.
This is an opportunity to catch and harvest fish and seafood and enjoy a delicious, "ocean to table" culinary experience.
Activities include prawning, crabbing, salmon fishing, oyster picking, clamming and the gourmet preparation of these delicacies with your skipper and chef, Bobby Sherlock.
Spectacular scenery and wildlife - bears, eagles, whales and sea lions. Enjoy island exploration, local interpretation, sailing and a visit to the quaint fishing village of Bamfield.
All inclusive tours feature fresh local cuisine & beverages.
Safe & fun for the active family. Our guides & boat are fully equipped & certified by Transport Canada.
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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. Travelling with renowned naturalists and our skilled crew aboard 68' expedition yachts we keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds and bears, old-growth forests and ancient native villages. We focus on animal behaviour, ecology, sustainability and local history. Small groups of 12-14 guests ensure quality, informality and a 'hands-on' experience for all aboard.
Bluewater Adventures adheres to the principals of ecotourism by supporting local communities, promoting conservation, ensuring our practices are low impact, and by providing guests with world-class knowledge about the coast.
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.
An eco-tour with the viewing of orcas, humpback & minke whales, numerous other marine mammals & seabirds while touring through the protected waters of Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago.
Departures are from: Alert Bay on Cormorant Island & the Alder Bay Resort on Vancouver Island. Our 4-5 hr "Sail with the Whales" tour offers exceptional service & value to individuals, families & small groups & includes fresh baked muffins & Devonshire Tea.
If you are looking for a unique & eco-friendly experience, join us, our carbon footprint is very small. There is no other whale-watching tour like it on the BC coast!