Heritage Tugboat Luxury Small Ship Cruises
Adventure cruise the waters from Vancouver to British Columbia's most northern seaport, Prince Rupert. This magnificent piece of the "Inside Passage" of B.C. is cut with picturesque channels and fiords, bordered by snow capped mountains, glaciers and evergreen forests that seem to grow right out of the water.
Wildlife is in abundance as we cruise close to the shoreline bringing you and your camera close enough to feel the experience. Whales and porpoises play in the bow waves as we gaze at waterfalls and dine on the best cuisine. The picturesque anchorages provide a serenity that is only improved by sightings of bears and the sounds of wild wolf packs howling at the starry night. Some guests have been lucky enough to spot the elusive "Spirit Bear" on our trips that take us through the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Each day is a complete adventure - activities include wilderness hikes through coastal forests to peaceful lakes, clam digging, setting crab traps, beachcombing, exploring coastal streams and rivers via shore and skiffs. You can visit abandoned canneries, museums, totem sights and communities. The evening anchorages and West Coast sunsets will be more memorable than you could imagine, cruising the northern "Inside Passage" on board a heritage west coast tugboat with only 12 guests is an adventure you will cherish forever.
Our meticulously restored heritage tugboat has been exclusively designed for comfortable accommodation and intimate cruising on the calm, scenic waters of the Inside Passage. Westwind guests are pampered daily by a dedicated and friendly crew with tantalizing meals, fine wines all the creature comforts including, wood burning stove, terry cloth bath robes, state of the art catamaran skiffs, and all outdoor clothing.
MEET YOUR HOSTS: Special guests for the 2014 season
Vickie Jensen & Jay Powell
Anthropologist Jay Powell and author/photographer Vickie Jensen have lived and worked with First Nations peoples along the B.C. coast for over 40 years. As enthusiastic guest lecturers on a variety of cruise ships, they’ve also traveled from Alaska to Antarctica.
Jay was a popular professor at the University of British Columbia, teaching about the culture and complex languages of the Northwest Coast tribes and is still in demand as an anthropological consultant. As editor of Westcoast Mariner magazine, Vickie wrote about life aboard coastal workboats and has authored books on totem pole carving, women who work at sea and underwater robots. Her photographic work is featured at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
Contact Westwind Tugboat Adventures to begin planning your week long all-inclusive small ship cruise and start "Creating Memories That Last A Lifetime!"
Luxury Small Ship Cruising - Calm Water, Breathtaking Coastal Scenery, Wildlife Viewing, and Fabulous Cuisine
- Tugboat Cruise
Cruise the Inside Passage of British Columbia with Westwind Tugboat Adventures aboard a full-restored heritage tugboat.
- Wilderness Cruising
Calm waters and secluded anchorages with plenty of time to explore await you on this unique British Columbia adventure vacation.
- Westwind Adventure
Enjoy British Columbia's scenery from the deck of a fully-restored heritage tugboat.
- Westwind Map
Westwind Tugboat Adventures has three main operating areas - Langara Island in the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia's Northern Coast around Prince Rupert, and the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest near Bella Bella.
- Secluded Anchorages
Secluded coastal anchorages provide a perfect base from which to explore the scenery.
- Unspoiled Wilderness
The unspoiled wilderness awaits you. Visit areas accessible only by boat and rarely seen by anyone.
- Ghost Towns
You can visit abandoned canneries, museums, totem sights and remote communities along the B.C. Coast.
- Spectacular Scenery
Majestic fjords with calm water, velvet forests, waterfalls and picturesque anchorages offer a true paradise for nature lovers.
- Sight Seeing
- Adventure for all Ages
An adventure for all ages, a cruise with Westwind Tugboat Adventures will provide life-long family memories.
Fabulous cuisine awaits you on a cruise with Westwind Tugboat Adventures
- Tantalizing Seafood 2
- Sumptuos Cuisine 2
- Amazing Deserts 1
- Legendary Dining
Meet new friends on our week-long small ship cruises.
- Beach Picnic
Shore excursions for beach picnics, crabbing, or exploring.
- Parry Lounge
Our 1941 heritage wooden tugboat, the Parry is lovingly maintained and beautifully appointed with comfortable two berth cabins, fireside lounge, spotless bathrooms and showers plus a busy galley serving unbelievable food and desserts.
- Cozy Cabins
Comfortable, private, two-berth cabins await you at the end of the day.
- Grizzly Bears
Wildlife is in abundance as we cruise close to the shoreline bringing you and your camera close enough to feel the experience.
Whales and porpoises play in the bow waves as we gaze at waterfalls and dine on the best cuisine.
- Wildlife Photography
You may be lucky enough to lucky enough to spot the elusive "Spirit Bear" on our trips that take us through the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.
- Special Getaway
- Special Moments
- Recharge Batteries
- Winding Down
- Perfect Vacation
West Coast sunsets to end a perfect day
Only 12 guests per week on this one of a kind BC cruising adventure.