Salish Sea Collective 2021

Exclusive Small Ship Charters

Explore the wilds of your own backyard and share the adventure with close family and friends. Customizable itineraries that start and finish at sea-side ports accessible by car or float plane. These small group charter trips are all-inclusive, fully catered by talented chefs and lead by expert mariners and naturalists who are very knowledgeable and passionate about the BC coast.

BC coastal wildflowers in the spring

Your Unique Adventure

Bluewater Adventures is known for creating unique and memorable travel experiences on the British Columbia coast and Southeast Alaska. Although the pandemic has interrupted our regular operating season this spring, we are excited to present opportunities to travel to our local BC clientele in a way that is safe as well as memorable.

In addition to the popular Itineraries that we regularly offer, we have created some mini-expeditions for people to charter exclusively with their close group of family and friends. With budget, time and accessibility in mind, these journeys explore some of the most unique waterways in the world.
   

 


 The Salish Sea

Cruising on a bluebird day on the BC coastThe Salish Sea, once referred to as the Georgia Basin Puget Sound Ecosystem stretches across the Canada / US border and is one of the most nutrient rich, productive waterways of the world. In efforts to raise awareness to protect this unique body of water, the term “Salish Sea” was created becoming official in 2009. Bert Webber, biologist, and long-time partner of Bluewater Adventures coined the term to pay respect to the Coast Salish peoples.

The Coast Salish are a group of culturally and linguistically related indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, spanning British Columbia, Canada and in Washington and Oregon in the USA. There is archeological evidence showing that they have been in the region since at least 9000 BC.

Nutrient-rich waters from the great watershed of the Coast Mountains cascade into the Pacific Ocean. The Fraser River carries water, rich with silt, far across the Georgia Strait, creating one of the world’s most biologically rich inland seas, providing nutrients and some of the most vital ecosystems for fish and wildlife.

The Salish Sea spans 7470 km of beautiful coastline that is home to 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, 247 species of fish, and over 3000 species of invertebrates. It contains more than 400 islands – many in the waters that we will explore in the Discovery Islands and Gulf Islands along the Southern BC Coast.

The term, “Salish Sea” was never meant to replace existing place names, but describes the entire co-dependant region. It elevates the important question of how we can better protect this vial ecosystem that sustains a "huge diversity of fish, marine mammals, invertebrates, shorebirds and marine plants".
 

Canadian Gulf Islands

Sailing in BC - the perfect escape!
 
In the southern reaches of the Salish Sea, the Gulf Islands National Park offers an abundance of marine parks, all manner of wildlife, and small communities of artisans producing unique wines and fresh produce. These islands host a robust diversity of wildlife.
 

Howe Sound Explorer

Front row seat aboard Island Roamer
 
For groups looking for a quick getaway from the lower mainland, Howe Sound offers an easy escape from the bustle of the city. Sailing on emerald green seas in the daily inflow winds, you will enjoy breathtaking views and explore intertidal areas by stable sea kayak.

BC's Sunshine Coast

Exploring by stable sea kayak
 
The Sunshine Coast/ Princess Louisa Inlet encompasses the northeastern portion of the Strait of Georgia. Travelling through the fjords and islands of this picturesque region is a balm to the soul, especially during these times where we are exploring closer to home.
 

Strait of Georgia

Pristine BC coastal kelp bed
 
The Northern Strait of Georgia is a basin of sun-drenched islands in a rain shadow between the Vancouver Island Ranges to the west, and the Coast Mountains to the east. Many of the finest beaches in BC are found in this region.
 

4 Regions to Explore on the Southern BC Coast


Canadian Gulf Islands

The southern reaches of the Salish Sea, the Gulf Islands offer an abundance of marine parks, including the Canadian Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, all manner of wildlife, and small communities of artisans producing unique wines and fresh produce. These islands host a robust diversity of wildlife due to the convergence of oceanic currents from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Georgia. We hope to see orca and humpbacks whales, porpoise, seals, sea-lions, otters, many species of migratory birds, and diverse intertidal life.

Exclusive charter rate $4200/ day (Min 3 days) | Download Sample Itinerary | INQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP / BOOK NOW


Sailing Átl’ka7tsem / Howe Sound

For groups looking for a quick getaway from BC’s lower mainland, Howe Sound offers an easy escape from the bustle of the city. Sailing on emerald green seas in the daily inflow winds, you will enjoy breathtaking views of towering mountains rising straight from the sea as we explore the islands and shoreline of this local getaway. Hikers will delight in the many trails to be traversed on Gambier and Anvil Islands, while the truly adventurous can snorkel above the shipwrecks at BC’s first underwater marine park at Porteau Cove. Other highlights may include kayaking amidst the Pasley Islands and venturing out into the Strait of Georgia in search of humpback whales. Átl’ka7tsem is one of three Coast Salish names for the area.
 

Charter rate: $4200/ day (Min 3 days) | Download Sample Itinerary | INQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP / BOOK NOW


BC's Sunshine Coast / Princess Louisa Inlet

The Sunshine Coast encompasses the northeastern portion of the Strait of Georgia and includes the magnificent Princess Louisa Inlet. Travelling through the fjords and islands of this picturesque region is a balm to the soul, especially during these trying times. Experience the exquisite Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls with your loved ones during this once in a lifetime year with no international yachts visiting. Other highlights of a trip through this region include the Harmony Islands, Skookumchuck Narrows, and the beautiful and quiet Sechelt Inlet.

Charter rate: $4200/ day (Min 3 days) | Download Sample Itinerary | INQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP / BOOK NOW


Northern Strait of Georgia

The Northern Strait of Georgia is a basin of sundrenched islands in a rain shadow between the Vancouver Island Ranges to the west, and the Coast Mountains to the east. Many of the finest beaches in BC are found in this region, including Tribune Bay on Hornby Island and the white sand beaches that entirely ring the unique sand-dune habitat of Savary Island. If you have been craving a much-needed trip to the tropics this year, you will be delighted to find that right here in BC we have the soft sand and warm water you’re looking for! Desolation Sound is a cruising paradise with fantastic scenery, lakes to hike to and a variety of marine mammals to discover. We have permission to visit Mitlenatch Island – a stunning nature sanctuary miles from shore.

Exclusive charter rate $4200/ day (Min 3 days) | Download Sample Itinerary | INQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP / BOOK NOW


 

Flexible Booking & Cancellation Policy for Salish Sea Collective Charters


Ocre sea star in a heart shape- 30% of trip fees provided to reserve your vessel and charter dates. Balance of trip fees due 60 days in advance of the start of your adventure.

- If your group must cancel outside of 60 days, receive a  full refund less $250 for 3 or 4-day charter trip and less $500 for 5-day + charter trips.
- If your group must cancel within 30 - 60 days of the trip, we will provide a full refund less a $2500 cancellation fee
- If your group must cancel inside of 30 days, a full refund less the initial deposit will be provided - Or transfer full deposit to another Bluewater Adventures expedition in 2022.


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