Cruising Canada’s West Coast

February 22, 2017 Categories: Canada


Canada’s West Coast through the Straights of Georgia, Vancouver Island and The Desolation Sound is fast becoming “The Place to Cruise”. Wildlife abounds, there is marvellous history, First Nation ceremonies and spectacular Scenery.

The Vancouver Island region is best experienced from the water. So much of it is protected, unspoiled wilderness that any cruise here would be incomplete without exploring all that the region has to offer.

Wildlife flourishes in abundance, making bear watching, whale watching and salmon fishing extremely popular pursuits for visitors and locals alike. Whale watchers regularly sight Orcas, humpbacks, greys and minkies. Anglers fish for all five species of Pacific salmon.

There is almost any kind of outdoor fun in the region – golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, surfing, swimming and picnicking – and plenty to do indoors as well. Visit museums and heritage sites, enjoy live theatre, browse art galleries, tour vineyards or be pampered in luxury spas.

Desolation Sound Marine Park provides one of the most spectacular boating destinations in the world! The pristine vistas, coves and anchorages with soaring rock walls make the Desolation Sound area and the Discovery Islands a favourite for cruisers in British Columbia. This cruising region is a maze of interconnecting waterways, tidal rapids and large tracts of accessible wilderness. View wildlife, hike the trails and enjoy warm-water swimming and freshwater bathing. Powell River, Comox and Campbell River offer moorage, marine services, fuel and provisioning, and provide easy connections to Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.

If it is not for the cruising grounds, wildlife and infinite new discoveries, the area is a salad bowl of great produce, fine wines and the freshest seafood. British Columbia is not just for the spectacular scenery, many people linger because of the delectable food, wine and relaxing settings. Thanks to an abundance of farms, wineries, breweries and cideries that work with award-winning chefs and vintners, the province has become a destination for serious foodies and dining connoisseurs. Many restaurants incorporate fresh BC ingredients in their dishes, and there are dining options that cover every type of global cuisine. Culinary tours or cooking classes are an excellent way to learn to prepare (and to taste) local specialities.