This journey among the islands and fjords of the storied British Columbia coast includes Desolation Sound and the Broughton Archipelago as well as neighbouring inlets. Snowcapped mountains, glacier-fed fjords, calm and scenic cruising are the backdrop to our journey through the nature and wildlife of the west coast – from rainforest to bears and dolphins. Local hamlets, culture, and citizens provide coastal lore, culinary and way of life insight as we take the path of the ocean and the pace of the tides to explore what it is to be a denizen of the west coast.
• Visit Alert Bay and U’mista Cultural Centre
• Explore the cascades and waterways of Desolation Sound
• Explore spectacular Toba Inlet, a fjord that cuts 35 kilometres into the Coast Mountains
• Visit the isolated Mitlenatch Island
Board vessel and cruising to anchorage in the Broughton Archipelago. Hike to spectacular view.
Visit Alert Bay and U’mista Cultural Centre with private guided tour of Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch collection. Evening cruising to island anchorage for alfresco dinner, keeping eyes and ears out for wildlife.
Exploring the cascades and waterways of Desolation Sound, with two shore trips to explore the marine park, in Prideaux Haven and Redonda Island. Meet mariculture experts and harvest fresh oysters and mussels from the sea under expert guidance. Aft deck barbecue and bubbly.
Exploring spectacular Toba Inlet, a fjord that cuts 35 kilometres into the Coast Mountains. Shore trips to explore the nature of estuary meadows and the coastal rainforest. Evening cruise northward through the islands.
Visit the isolated Mitlenatch Island. Exploring the island by small boat, watching for nesting seabirds. Cruise to south to Discovery Islands. Possible anchorage at Lasqueiti Island.
Discovery Islands and adjacent inlets, watching for marine mammals. Intertidal exploration. Visit with marine mammal researchers.
Cruising to Nanaimo, watching for wildlife.
Note that as with all expedition cruises, the itinerary may change based on weather, wildlife activity, and interests of the guests. This itinerary is to give you a general idea of the trip. Trips on Swell start in Port McNeill, trips on Cascadia start in Port Hardy.
18 October, 2020 to 24 October, 2020
Campania, Kunghit, Salt Spring, Cortes, Hanson, Penelakut
160 sq. ft., queen or two twins, 3 piece en-suite bathroom
Door access to corridor
Windows (large portholes)
Lower Deck (Campania located on Promenade Deck)
Admiralty, Calvert, Moresby, Vancouver
195 sq. ft., queen or two twins, 3 piece en-suite bathroom
Door access to deck and door access to corridor
Prince of Wales, Princess Royal
235 sq. ft., king bed, 3 piece en-suite bathroom
Door access to deck and door access to corridor
Sustainability Fee $200 + 5% Federal Tax: USD pp
Vessel Type: Catamaran
Passenger Capacity: 24
Lenght: 138 ft / 42 m
Cascadia is a go-anywhere, expedition style catamaran. She accommodates up to 24 guests in 12 luxurious cabins, with a crew of 10. She is unlike any other vessel offering expeditions on the British Columbia coast, having been built specifically for high-quality, boutique cruises. Light, spacious and comfortable, she is also capable of reaching the wildest, most naturally rich places on the coast. Her small size and guest numbers provide an authentic, human-scale experience that respects the carrying capacity of coastal inlets and communities.
Ship And Accommodations Find comfort and solitude in your private cabin or enjoy time in any of the interior or outdoor lounges, or the “open” bridge. Cascadia’s large windows bring the outside in, and her separate dining area becomes a sophisticated “long table” event for meals. Her decks are wide and welcoming, with seating areas on different levels.
Salon Large windows surround the salon making it a perfect place to look for whales while staying protected, chat with other guests while lounging on our comfortable sofas, or enjoy a beverage from the nearby bar.
Dining Area Enjoy our chefs’ fine west-coast influenced creations while watching the sun go down. Sit and discuss your day’s adventure with your captain, afloat in a remote natural anchorage.
Terrace Lounge And Dining Area Dine alfresco on temperate evenings, lounge with your morning coffee, or watch the world go by during the day. This area is the perfect mix of outside and inside.
Bridge of Cascadia Cascadia’s bridge is open to you. You’ll have 180-degree views from here, along with being able to learn about navigation and the vessel systems from our crew. On the port side, you may also enjoy our indoor-outdoor loveseat. You can watch the world go by from behind a protective window, but still have quick access to the fresh air and the deck for whale watching.
Top Deck & Hot Tub Lounge on a chaise, soak under the stars, or enjoy the bird’s eye view of the ship and the world around her from Cascadia’s new top deck.
Cabins All cabins have individual climate control, wardrobes and an outside location, with windows for natural light. All have ensuites. All are ‘outside’ cabins, with windows for natural light.
Kayaks, Shore Boats, Naturalist Tools Cascadia has 6 double and 2 single kayaks for paddling in coves and bays, as well as two beautiful landing craft style tenders, custom designed for our program. She carries a suite of tools for exploring the natural world, including a hydrophone for listening to whales. Her library contains books on the cultural history and nature of the BC and Alaska coast.
▪ Accommodation aboard Cascadia and anywhere else if a land stay is designated as part of your trip’s itinerary (see your How to Get Here).
▪ All meals, snacks and beverages, including wine and beer.
▪ All shore excursions, permits, and fees.
▪ Your professional, hardworking crew and all other guides.
▪ Flights from Vancouver to the ship and return (if required).
▪Travel medical and cancellation insurance.
▪ Gratuities (tips) for the crew, which are optional (see later information if you have questions).