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  • Encounter British Columbia's rich Native American history and modern lifestyles. read more

  • Hike and kayak British Columbia right from the ship. read more

  • Whales frequent the abundant waters of British Columbia. read more

  • Visit the colorful Buchart Gardens in Victoria. read more

  • Paddling the calm waters near Chatterbox Falls read more

  • Malibu Club Rapids near Princess Louisa Inlet. read more

  • Whale watching and photography in the waterways of British Columbia. read more

British Columbia

Some of the most spectacular scenery in North America is found in British Columbia. Experience mist-shrouded fjords and coastal wilderness that are among the best for whale watching, with good chances of finding humpback and orca whales. From Friday Harbor north into Victoria and Vancouver, experience a destination rich in Native American and exploration history and culture.

British Columbia Small Ship Cruise Experts

Nobody has a better selection of British Columbia cruises than AdventureSmith, and our experts know their stuff. Small ship and yacht cruises in the Pacific Northwest are for those who long to leave civilization and all its trappings far behind. 

Active Cruising with Personalized Service

British Columbia cruises reward the adventurous traveler seeking abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery combined with active hiking and kayaking right from the ship. Enjoy everything from sandy beaches offering silence and solitude to charming towns and cities mixed with rich ancestral culture. Our travel experts will help you choose the right British Columbia cruise for your interests, ability and budget.


British Columbia's Yachter's Paradise
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British Columbia's Yachter's Paradise

On a British Columbia yacht cruise find orca whales in search of salmon, seals and sea lions lounging on rocky islets, and black bears and deer foraging in the deep, evergreen forests. Experience everything on this luxury yacht cruise, from the solitude of sandy beaches to the charming and welcoming towns and cities such as Friday Harbor in Washington's San Juan Islands, and Victoria, British Columbia.
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Famed Passages of Discovery
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13 days
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Famed Passages of Discovery

Explore the famed inside passage of British Columbia and Alaska while cruising aboard exclusive luxury yachts between Seattle and Juneau, Alaska. Actively experience this scenic coastal wilderness on foot, by sea kayak, and zodiac inflatable craft over the course of 13 days.
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Wilderness Passages of Discovery - Northbound
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13 days
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Wilderness Passages of Discovery - Northbound

Over the course of 13 days from Seattle to Juneau you’ll experience the wealth of Alaska wilderness and wildlife the way only a small ship can. Adventure and discovery is around every corner and the pristine, unspoiled beauty will leave you with memories you will never forget.
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George Vancouver, an English sea captain and well-known explorer, arrived to beautiful British Columbia in the early 1790s. After weeks of sailing in the open ocean he entered Puget Sound, an area of pristine coastal wilderness with waters perfect for small ship and yacht adventure cruising.

The waters off British Columbia are among the best for whale watching, with good chances of finding humpback and orca whales.

Today, we find the same mountains, inlets and islands that so inspired Captain Vancouver. British Columbia small ship and yacht cruises travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Experience mist-shrouded fjords, coastal wilderness, and unique ports of call. These waters are among the best for whale watching, with good chances of finding humpback and orca whales. Kayak, beachcomb and explore forest trails under the guidance of expert naturalists. Seals and sea lions lounge on rocky islets, and black bears and deer flourish in the deep, evergreen forests. Spectacular snow-capped mountains fall steeply to the waters of the Sound.

Climate in British Columbia is influenced by the latitude, mountainous topography, and the Pacific Ocean. This diversity causes wide variations in average rainfall, snowfall, temperature and hours of sunshine, sometimes over very short distances. In general, however, temperatures are warmer in the south than in the north, and rainfall is heaviest along the coast and lightest in the southern interior.

Spring and fall can often be very warm and pleasant, especially in June and September. Daytime temperatures, particularly in southwestern BC and the southern interior, allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts; however, it is advisable to have sweaters, trousers and a light coat or jacket on hand as well.

Summers are hottest in British Columbia's interior, particularly in the south where temperatures frequently surpass 86°F. Nearer the coast, temperatures range from 72 to 83°F. Recommended clothing for both regions in summer is the same: shorts, short-sleeved shirts and light dresses in daytime and sweaters and trousers in the evenings.

British Columbia Average Temperature & Rainfall

Vancouver

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 42.3 46.4 49.8 54.9 61.3 66.7 71.1 71.1 65.1 56.3 48.2 43
Avg. Low (°F) 32.2 34.5 36.7 40.8 46.2 51.8 54.9 55.2 50.2 43.5 37.4 33.4
Rainfall (Inches) 6.1 5.1 4.5 3.1 2.5 1.9 1.5 1.6 2.6 4.7 7.0 7.3

Seattle

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 45.8 49.5 53.2 58.2 64.4 69.6 75.3 75.6 70.2 59.7 50.5 45.5
Avg. Low (°F) 35.9 37.2 39.1 42.1 47.2 51.7 55.3 55.7 51.9 45.7 39.9 35.9
Rainfall (Inches) 5.13 4.18 3.75 2.59 1.78 1.49 .79 1.02 1.63 3.19 5.9 5.62

Prince Rupert

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 39.4 42.6 45 48.9 53.6 57.4 60.6 61.7 59 52 44.6 40.6
Avg. Low (°F) 27.5 30.2 32 34.9 40.3 45.7 49.6 50 45.9 40.5 33.1 29.3
Rainfall (Inches) 10.3 8.9 7.7 7.4 5.8 4.9 4.6 6.7 10 15.5 11.7 11.1
National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Twin expedition ships National Geographic Sea Lion and Sea Bird accommodate 62 guests with special features including a hydrophone and Splash-Cam. Onboard experts from National Geographic make these ships unique. 
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Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

The newly refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour offers the luxury and amenities of an Alaska yacht cruise with the price and efficiency of a small ship cruise. Suites on this ship feature balconies and Tempur-Pedic® mattresses.
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Safari Explorer

Safari Explorer

This luxury motor yacht embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. The Safari Explorer cruises Alaska waters in the summer and the Hawaiian Islands in the winter.
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Safari Quest

Safari Quest

The 22-guest exclusive yacht Safari Quest cruises Alaska's Inside Passage and British Columbia. Unique among yachts, the Safari Quest’s four Captain staterooms feature sliding glass doors and French balconies.
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Wilderness Adventurer

Wilderness Adventurer

Sailing with a maximum of 60 guests, the Wilderness Adventurer's small size and shallow beam allow it explore regions of Alaska's Inside Passage unreachable by most other vessels.
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Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer

The 76-guest M/V Wilderness Discoverer small expedition ship is capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways, with kayaks and paddleboards on board for up-close exploration.
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Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer

The original Wilderness Explorer, under the direction of AdventureSmith founder Todd Smith, pioneered adventure cruising in Southeast Alaska in the 1990s. Relaunched and renovated in 2012, this new-generation 76-guest base camp explores remote Alaska.
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