British Columbia’s Gulf Islands
One of the most scenic and pristine cruising areas in the world is British Columbia’s Inside Passage, a coastal waterway from the Southern Gulf Islands to the Alaskan panhandle in the north, the area includes the famed Desolation Sound, Broughton Archipelago, Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.
It is truly a breath of fresh air to experience untouched nature, as it was tens of thousands of years ago. There is no better way to do this than by yacht. Vancouver Island to the west and the multitude of smaller islands create a dense barrier that protects these passageways making the area perfect for a pleasant cruising experience.
From sandstone caves to towering Douglas Firs, majestic Arbutus trees and our iconic Cedars, the Islands protecting the coast of British Columbia are nothing short of spectacular offering breathtaking scenery, unparalleled wildlife viewing, whale watching and inspiring First Nations culture.
Although many of the islands are completely raw and uninhabited, there are plenty of bustling small island towns, full of life, culture and things to do. Salt Spring Island is just one of those spots with a thriving arts culture, quaint restaurants, shops and markets to enjoy. Silva Bay, on Gabriola Island, is homeport for M.Y. Oriana. This beautiful protected bay may be one of the most scenic anywhere.
A national treasure, British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, is the last largely intact coastal temperate rainforest on earth and is home to the rare and unique Spirit Bear. An archipelago of nearly 150 islands, spiritual Haida Gwaii is home to the Haida Nation and bestows unsurpassed scenery amidst heritage sites. Desolation Sound offers summer-time warm waters and magnificent cruising fjords and mountains. To the north, the Broughton Archipelago, is a staggeringly beautiful cruising area of scores of islands with an international reputation for kayaking.
We invite you to join us in experiencing British Columbia and cruising at its very best.
For Bareboat Charter information contact
Oriana Yacht Charters
1495 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada, V7T 1B8