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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We offer multi-day cruises through Haida Gwaii's (Queen Charlotte Islands') Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Northern Vancouver Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, North Coast/ Khutzeymateen and Southeast Alaska. Our 68' vessels provide the perfect base from which to tour remote coastlines. On these world-class learning journeys we expect to see whales, bears, rich intertidal zones, and a great number of birds. With our First Nations guides we visit ancient villages, see totem poles and hope to catch a glimpse of the Kermode. Our experienced Crew and on-board naturalist will take you places that few have visited on our award-winning expeditions.
283A Bamfield Boardwalk
Bamfield, British Columbia
Join us for a memorable trip exploring our local area & all its wonders. You may see sea lions lounging at their haul out, harbour seals shyly watching us go by, eagles in their nests tending to their young, sea otters at home in the kelp beds, black bears foraging on the shoreline, gray whales devouring tons of krill & humpback whales playfully breaching. Diving charters, accommodations, kayak rentals & Broken Group Island kayak shuttle available.
209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2012) & a "Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure (2009). 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 intimate bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & accommodations. Queen Charlotte Islands, Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. By a leader in sustainable tourism, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. Visit us for information.
7990 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia
Embark upon an "Adventure of a Lifetime" aboard a 135-foot working freight boat - the MV Aurora Explorer, transporting a wide variety of freight throughout the inland waterways along BC's beautiful & remote central coastline. Enjoy the uniqueness of small group cruising, discovering new friends, savouring fantastic cuisine & witnessing spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife & marine life. Observe activity on the freight deck, pour over charts and mingle with the captain & crew in the wheelhouse, or from the cozy viewing lounges explore the nautical & historical library describing the early explorers, settlers & native populations of the regionall pleasures of cruising aboard the Aurora Explorer.
Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching, & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 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 and experience the Wild in Wilderness!
OuterShores offers multi-day wildlife & cultural expeditions along the BC coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our classic 70' 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 & First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, West Coast Vancouver Island, & 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 historical vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia and Alaskan coastline. The Pacific Yellowfin operates on a completely bespoke format. There are only sample itineraries and no cruise is alike. They are all tailor-made and co-created with each guest. Not compromising its elegance, it is literally a boatload of fun with toys you wouldn't dare think they are on board. There is something for everyone. Call us!
1234-N Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours is world-renowned as one of the best guided tours in the province of British Columbia. Experience marine life, historical landmarks, First Nations history, unique sailboats & yachts, seaplanes, waterside dining, float home communities & friendly skippers. Join thousands of sightseers & watch the free Harbour Ferry water ballet on summer Sundays at 10:45 am, performed in the Inner Harbour. Choose between a Harbour Ferry Tour or a Gorge Waterway Tour, or opt for both for a discounted rate! Both are great outings that your family and friends will especially enjoy. Special family & senior rates. Ask about Pickle Pub Crawls!
Activity Zones- Fisherman's Wharf
Bridges, Buildings- Famous Johnson Street Bridge
Bus/Coach/Shuttle- Our Water Taxi's will get you where you need to go!
Ferries- Tours and Water Taxi Services
Parks- We connect to Bamfield Park
Public Markets- Ship's Point Market
Taxi/Limo- Our Water Taxi's are efficient and affordable
Wildlife Viewing- See seals, herons and other marine life
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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 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 30 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified. Guaranteed sightings; see website for details.
Rated by TripAdvisor as the number 1 attraction in Campbell River.
Whiskey Landing Marina
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Treat yourself to an unforgettable West Coast adventure. Join us aboard our luxurious yacht for a relaxing whale & wildlife cruise. The Raincoast Maiden is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom & comfortable seating inside & out. Enjoy the magical scenery of Barkley Sound with a taste of luxury & watch the area's abundant wildlife, which includes whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles & sea birds. Binoculars available for guests. Our interpretive tours include a scenic cruise though the sheltered waters of the Broken Group Islands & an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic sunset cruises & private charters are also available.