Canadian West Coast Voyages by Boutique Ship

About Remote West Coast

Sharing the beauty and history of Canada’s West Coast

Freedom to Explore Canada’s West Coast Beauty

We are committed to providing one of the best and most unique experiences of Canada’s West Coast. This is not a tour, this is an authentic travel experience. We don’t believe in airtight daily schedules as each trip has the opportunity to be completely unique and we love seeing our travellers exploring the freedom offered aboard.

Our Story

  • Remote West Coast Adventures was born from the passion its founders have for adventure, the B.C. coast, and all of its beauty.

    The original idea began as a passing “What if” conversation between friends and adventurers Mark McColman and Neil Wurst. “What if… we could get a ship and spend time visiting all the beautiful destinations along Canada’s west coast?” The year was 2013.

    That original idea took shape a few months later as Neil discovered the boat they were looking for, The Union Jack. One of only a handful of boats like her remain. Built for the Canadian Navy and constructed using natural old growth timber, she was originally launched November 1st, 1941 from the Mackenzie shipyard in North Vancouver.

    “The boat speaks to you and mesmerizes you with her sounds. She lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of today’s world and immerse yourself in the environment around you and the wonders of man and nature. She’s simply magical”

    – Neil Wurst

    The two founders jumped at the opportunity and began the long labour of love to completely refit The Union Jack and bring her into the 21st century as a one-of-a-kind vessel.

  • Canada’s west coast is under greater environmental pressure than ever before. Both Mark, Neil and the entire RWCA team believe that awareness and connection to our environment is key to ensuring its preservation and survival.

    “By responsibly exploring and immersing travellers in the west coast’s beauty, we hope to help raise the awareness of preserving this treasure for the explorer in all of us – young and old – for generations to come.”

    – Mark McColman

    From the Gulf islands through the inside passage up to Haida Gwaii and beyond, Canada’s west coast possesses a cornucopia of treasures that few people ever get to experience. Travelling by historic wooden vessel is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Our goal at RWCA is to share the adventure, up close and personal with all travellers on board. To share stories, awaken past memories and make new ones that will last a lifetime. Come join us and let the adventure begin!

  • Neil Wurst, Founder

  • Mark McColman, Founder

Remote West Coast Principles

This is the standard we set for ourselves everyday and the team of experienced, passionate people we attract.

Immersing in authentic adventures

All RWCA journeys are designed to immerse our guests in authentic adventures that highlight the incredible wildlife, stunning beauty, and remote communities that make up the west coast. We aim to showcase the natural elements that thrive along our ancient coastline.

Exploring the environment responsibly and ethically

Acting as a responsible tour operator means that we as a business are dedicated to the conservation and protection of Canada’s west coast. Using various eco-tourism initiatives, we offer low-impact tours and work with local partners and suppliers. By taking ownership, setting a leading example and being ethical allows us to preserve our environment for future generations to enjoy.

Providing a luxurious experience from beginning to end

From the first time you contact us to the end of your adventure, our crew will provide first class service. We are here to assist you with all travel arrangements and trip inquiries, along with tailoring your welcome package, the trip’s itinerary and accommodation all to the interests and expectation of our guests. From start to finish we are here to turn your moments into memories. Let our team create bespoke adventures that will have you sharing with your family and friends for years to come.

Respecting B.C.’s rich cultural history

British Columbia’s diverse history begins thousands of years ago, with the Indigenous Peoples, who were the first inhabitants of this vast land. Together, we will discover their rich cultures along with the histories of various coastal communities.

What travellers are saying

We love hearing feedback on the ways we can improve and make each new trip more inspiring.

“We had a brilliant trip on this beautifully restored tug! The rooms were very comfortable as were the living spaces. We felt very safe and welcomed by the captain and crew.”

Laura K.

New York, NY

“A wonderful way to see BC’s coast. A comfortable trip on a boat that is part of BC’s history. Highlights were meeting the Klahoose First Nation people for Awaken the Canoes, eating from the earth oven, the Squirrel dance, canoe races and amazing sunsets. Would 100% recommend!”

Susan K.

Toronto, ON

“Incredible experience! Where to begin? The beautiful restored vintage wooden tug, very spacious with all the comforts of home. Friendly and professional crew.”

Lee E.

Kelowna, BC

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