For a visit to Canada’s islands and inlets on the west coast of British Columbia, cruise on a small vessel. There really isn’t any other choice.
The big cruise ships hurry out of Seattle and Vancouver, headed north to Alaska from spring to fall, churning past Washington’s San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands, and the wilds of coastal British Columbia where whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions eat their fill and play to visitors’ cameras.
Ferries run to BC’s islands and coastal towns, and plenty of boats will take you fishing or whale-watching for the day. For something more, a longer tour with nature guides, you’ll need to book with one of the Seattle or Vancouver companies that put together trips of varying degrees of adventure, isolation, and comforts.
One of the best is the oddly named Un-Cruise Adventures.