Inside Passage - Explore the BC Coast by Small Ship

Tour the British Columbia and Southeast Alaska Coastline

These unique coastal adventures are the real way to see the Inside Passage. Aboard our small ships, we can take you to remote destinations and get up close with ancient native culture, wildlife and spectacular coastal scenery. All of our itineraries are different and no two trips are the same! Book on a Coastal Explorer and see why it is a skippers favourite sailing...

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Natural History

A Petroglpyh, part of the native natural history on the Bluewater Inside Passage tour
The central coast region of British Columbia’s scenic and intricate shoreline has a long history. Stretching from Vancouver Island north along the mainland coast, it forms a significant section of the famous ‘Inside Passage’ route to Alaska – a term that started with the gold rush of the 1800’s. Many of the gold seekers stayed on the coast, attracted by the enormous trees and waters full of salmon. Native peoples have lived along this coast for at least 10,000 years, and built a renowned culture based upon these same fish and trees. Now the native peoples are centred in a few, small coastal villages with names like Alert Bay, Bella Bella, Klemtu and Hartley Bay.

Guests watching the sun set aboard a Bluewater Adventure's yacht Bluewater operates a variety of itineraries for Inside Passage Adventures. All of these departures start and end in a different location. Below is a list of some of our most recent itineraries along the beautiful British Columbia coastline.
  • Vancouver to Campbell River
  • Campbell River to Bella Bella
  • Bella Bella to Prince Rupert
  • Desolation Sound/Princess Louisa Inlet
  • Bella Bella to Vancouver/ Victoria
  • Customize your own trip!


Queen Charlotte Strait

Native Culture in the wilderness along the BC Coast
Queen Charlotte Strait has a population of sea otters and we often see various species of whales such as humpbacks, orcas and minkes. We hope to encounter a summer population of gray whales which often frequent the waters of Cape Caution. The Koeye River is an area of cultural significance to the Heiltsuk First Nations people located in the Great Bear Rainforest. We will explore the Koeye estuary and may see bears and various types of birds that frequent the area. At the mouth of the Burke channel is Kwatna Bay where we will look for bears in the estuary.

North of Johnstone Strait

We may venture Northeast through Havannah channel and travel deep into the Coast Mountains up a beautiful fiord called Knight Inlet. Extending nearly 60 miles, Knight Inlet is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and some of the most remote wilderness on the coast. We expect to encounter grizzly bears roaming the shore and feeding on sedge grasses in the estuary. At the entrance to Knight Inlet is the abandoned Kwakwaka’wakw village of Mimquimlees. With permission from the local native band we will explore the old village to discover fallen totem poles and a rich heritage. We will visit the modern Kwakwaka’wakw community of Alert Bay to visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to see the fascinating collection of potlatch masks on display. If we have a good wind, we expect to raise the sails and enjoy the silence and beauty of sailing. There will be time to explore the protected waters using our stable, sea kayaks that we carry onboard.

A Dolphin in the British Columbia Inside Passage

Desolation Sound/Princess Louisa Inlet

Desolation Sound is one of the most beautiful and varied cruising areas in British Columbia. It is world famous for beautiful protected bays, forested islands, waterfalls, and incredible scenery. The fjord inlets, a product of intense glaciation, rank in size with the world famous fjord coastlines of Norway, Southern Chile, and New Zealand. We will visit after the crowds have gone and the weather is calm. This is a good time to see a variety of birds such as the great blue heron with its 70” wingspan, the striking harlequin duck, bald eagle, oystercatchers, scoters, and many others. Wildlife sightings may include sea lions, river otter, orcas, porpoise and with careful observation - bear and mountain goat. We will keep track of our daily sightings with help from our onboard resource person.

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