Marina at Cowichan Bay
(Andrea Johnson photo)

Vancouver Island

Boating & Sailing

Sailboat (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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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Seasmoke Whale Watching - Alert Bay


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!

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