- 30-foot pontoon boat
- 1.5 hours of local knowledge
- 24 sea-fresh shrimp
Lean down and draw the nylon rope from the jade-green water. Your marine biologist guide lends a hand and together you pull up a black trap of pearly, translucent prawns. Ebi sushi doesn’t come much fresher. Float on the surface of one of BC’s deepest fjords aboard the Sea Star III, a shallow-hulled boat. Peer into a watery world of milky moon jellies and crimson sea stars. Follow the tide line to an old-growth forest, or step ashore at the Butchart Gardens locals’ entrance. Raise your binoculars and count canoes and catamarans, or raise a question about rockfish and red tide.
Learn from a local. Born to a family of marine biologists, your expert guide is as passionate about sustainable fishing as you are. Step aboard and ask about the food and life that surrounds you.
- Board a pontoon boat, harvest the catch of the day, and learn about sustainability and the sea from a locally-raised marine biologist at Brentwood Bay Resort.
- Tune-up your scuba skills with PADI-accredited classes, or just paddle a kayak in protected, tranquil waters.
- Brush up on your sushi and sake pairings with a Japanese chef at Seagrille seafood and sushi.
- Watch the ebb and flow of the marine scene from your ocean-view suite.
- Get your feet wet with a grape-squishing Vino Stomp Pedicure.
- The waters of Todd Inlet are calm. The climate is mild throughout the year.
- Temperatures are mostly warm and dry June to September; moist and misty October to April.
- In summer the waters are warm enough for swimming.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
- Spring, summer, and fall for eco cruise tours.
- Closed from mid-October through to the end of March.
- Year round for dining, spa, and accommodation.
- June brings the year's lowest tides and is the best time for foraging.
- Boat over to Butchart Gardens for Saturday night fireworks and Christmas lights in the winter.
- The eco tour is one and a half hours in duration--there are toilet facilities at the marina, but not aboard the boat.
- Water, binoculars, guide books, and other amenities are available onboard.
- The pontoon's solarium dome provides warmth and shelter on cooler days, and UV-protection on sunny days.
- Regular clothing is fine; bring protection for sun and breezes if you like.
- While the Sea Star III is fully accessible, call ahead and allow time for assisted boarding.