Cruises & Boat Tours
Sailboat cruise (Dannielle Hayes photo)
Vancouver Island cruise companies explore scenic shorelines and numerous islands, often spotting marine wildlife along the way.
Sail the Broughton Archipelago to view whales or travel to ancient rainforests on Vancouver Island’s west coast. Visit isolated villages on a working freighter, pass lighthouses on a Tofino harbour sunset cruise or take a boat tour to Gulf Islands breweries. BC Ferries provides ample opportunities to see scenic waterways and coastlines.
Cruises range from multi-day trips with nights spent onboard (accommodations vary from ship to ship) to single day excursions. Groups are usually under ten guests. Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Sidney and Campbell River are popular ports of departure for cruise companies.
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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.
Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2014) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to 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 beautiful ships. Private ensuite staterooms available.
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.
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, to help ensure your safety. Some of the best certified captains & crew. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy intimate experiences with nature & our photographers some of the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With a maximum of 6 guests per trip, our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the wild in wilderness!
360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden schooner "Passing Cloud". Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!
8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
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 British Columbia coastline. Available for per cabin trips during June and September, or full boat charter anytime during our season. Off-season day cruises also available, please inquire.
Full boat charters are 100% custom and tailor made just for your group! We offer everything from gourmet dining, to truly wild bear and whale watching, to awesome water sports for all ages. There is something for everyone onboard the Pacific Yellowfin.
189 Dallas Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours, world-renowned as one of the best guided tours in British Columbia, lets passengers experience Victoria's marine wildlife, historical landmarks, First Nations history, unique sailboats and yachts, seaplanes, waterside dining, and float home communities.
Join thousands of sightseers in the Inner Harbour and watch the free Harbour Ferry water ballet on summer Saturdays and Sundays at 10:45 am. Meet with friends or family at the Causeway Marina for a Harbour Ferry or Gorge Waterway Tour. Take a Water Taxi to harbour restaurants, the Delta spa, or Fisherman's Wharf for ice cream and fish & chips!
And for the fun-loving adult - from May 16 - Sep 14, take your friends on a Pickle Pub Crawl and "hop" between the harbour's best pubs!
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3 1371 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
Family owned business offering Whale Watching, Wildlife & Adventure Tours & Grizzly bear viewing. Our Grizzly Bear Journey is on Aboriginal lands with viewing platforms at Orford River, in the Bute Inlet. Explore with us the beautiful water ways of the Discovery Islands. Possibly view killer whales (Orca), humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals, black bears, eagles & so much more!
In operation since 2000 & is one of Campbell River's most experienced tour operators with over 40 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified. Guaranteed sightings; see website for details.
Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 attraction in Campbell River (2014).
Come paddle with us! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain vistas, majestic old growth rainforests, expansive wilderness & captivating wildlife. What better way to see all of this, than to kayak the shores of beautiful Vancouver Island. Adventuress offers wildlife tours, rentals & lessons. Choose from fun day tours, sunset paddles and full moon howls in Nanoose, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. Families welcome. Want to up your adventure quotient? Join us for our weekend getaways & exciting multi-day excursions in the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Johnstone Strait & Broken Group Islands. Check out our all-women trips; all women-all fun! Every day an adventure. Live fully. Let Adventuress Sea Kayaking take you on a trip of a lifetime. All tours come with a certified guide, kayak, gear and instruction.
Quadra Island, British Columbia
AG-Fish Enterprises specializes in saltwater salmon fishing charters in and around Quadra Island and Campbell River. A short 15-45 minute cruise from the docks at Quadra Island or Campbell River puts you in the middle of some of the best salmon fishing action.
The water around Quadra Island is sheltered & offer calm seas. For your comfort, our fishing is from 7 m (23 ft) covered sport fishing cruiser, which is Transport Canada Certified & approved. It features washrooms and some of the best equipment on the market.
Come join us for a fishing adventure of a lifetime!
2900 Harbour Road
Port Alberni, British Columbia
Derby winning year-round saltwater fishing & exploring on half-day, full day or multi-day trips on the secluded & protected waters of Barcley Sound. Port Alberni to Poetts Nook , Bamfield to Ucluelet. Safe former fisheries vessel. Winter sports fishing here on Vancouver Island BC. This is a great winter activity for the whole family . Serene winter spring fishing on our HYBRID Oracle. Dingy to a secluded island for oysters prawns and crab for the barbeque. Underwater camera and futuristic technologies for a spectacular experience of our Pacific water playground. Worlds first automated speed controlled fishing Family, hardcore fishing, corporate or private couples time. Option to stay aboard your personal fishing lodge , or a guided day fishing charter.