Province/Territory: British Columbia

Pacific Foraging For Fresh Seafood Eco-Tour

  • 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.

Why you should visit
  • 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.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • 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.
Need to know
  • 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.
Getting Here
  • Located in the harbour village of Brentwood Bay, a 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island.
  • Arrive by bus aboard the Victoria Regional Transit System.
  • Arrive by sea aboard BC Ferries' MV Klitsa.
  • Arrive by bicycle.
  • On-site parking for cars and RVs.