Canadian West Coast Voyages by Boutique Ship

Inside Passage

Weave through a maze of islands and discover remote communities

Discover Serene Passageways Amongst Remote Communities


Stretching from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert is the famous Inside Passage, known as the way to Alaska. The southern end of this route near the tip of Vancouver Island is away from the crowds, making it the ultimate place for any explorer to escape into the wild. Wander through the heart of BC’s ancient rainforest as you travel along this stunning coastal passage.

Protected by the islands surrounding it, this region is home to some of the most idyllic fishing villages in the province. Sail past the forested coastline as we travel along the mountainous landscape. Your time on this journey will be spent experiencing the raw beauty of this region up close as we encounter marine life that thrive in the waters and on land.

First Nation history and culture is rich within the area as we pass through traditional Indigenous territories. Here you will have the opportunities to learn about their fascinating histories at museums and exhibits. Make sure to also keep on the lookout for a spectacular array of marine wildlife that inhabit this area. Seabirds, whales, seals and more love to frolic along the coastline.

Destination Highlights

Learn more about some of the Southern Inside Passage’s top destinations. Call us today for availability or more information.

 

Port McNeill/Port Hardy

  • Port McNeill & Port Hardy are two communities accessibly by seaplane from Vancouver
  • These former logging towns were developed by the historic Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Immersed in the wild, you can discover a range of natural wonders such as the world’s largest tree burl
  • Stroll along the seawall for scenic waterfront views and the chance to see a 1938 steam donkey
  • Head to the nearby community of Fort Rupert to see ancient sandstone petroglyphs.
 

Alert Bay

  • Learn about the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw First Nations at the U’mista Cultural Centre
  • See the world’s tallest totem pole, standing at 173 feet
  • Visit the ‘Namgis’ Original Totem Pole Burial Ground
  • Hike through the Alert Bay Ecological Park
  • Tour through the Alert Bay Library-Museum to see historic local artifacts.
 

Telegraph Cove

  • A historic community featuring a former sawmill and salmon saltery turned vacation spot through the development of the whale watching industry and gateway to the Broughton Archipelago
  • Visit the Whale Interpretive Centre to learn about the biology of marine wildlife
  • Venture out on a self-walking tour of the village to learn more about its history
 

Sointula

  • A former Finnish community known for having harmony with their natural environment
  • Visit Bere Point Park, a popular beach where orcas sometimes rub on the rocks
  • Head to Bere Point Regional Park and hike the Beautiful Bay Trail through the rainforest
 

Extras

Take a visit the Port McNeill Heritage Centre to learn about this villages’ fascinating history. Or embark on a specialized adventure, such as fishing or photography tour.

In Alert Bay, discover the history of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw at the U’mista Cultural Centre.

On the docks of Telegraph Cove, explore the biology of marine life at the Whale Interpretive Centre. Afterwards see these magnificent animals up close with a wildlife tour.

*Activities listed in this section are not included in the cost of the charter unless requested.

Tour Logistics

Your journey through the Inside Passage is a remote adventure near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

We recommend beginning any tour of the Inside Passage in Port McNeill, Port Hardy or Campbell River. To explore this region, most guests charter for 5-7 days.

For guests planning to spend additional time in the destinations listed above or elsewhere during their time in BC, we are happy to provide recommendations regarding accommodation, dining, and attractions.

What’s Included

All Remote West Coast Adventures charters include:

  • A custom itinerary outlining your adventure
  • Desired number of nights accommodation aboard the Union Jack
  • A personalized menu featuring gourmet breakfasts, lunches, dinners along with snacks and coffee served in between
  • Use of on board recreational equipment
  • Waterproof gear and excess luggage storage

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