- 151,019 miles of coastline
- 03 oceans – the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic
- 33 species of whales in Canada’s waters
Lean over the starboard railing and feel your heart leap as dolphins surf the bow wave off your luxury wooden yacht alongside BC’s Gulf Islands. Sway with the rhythm of the world’s biggest tides in New Brunswick. Feel the cool spray of Niagara Falls on your face. Sail at the foot of towering fjord cliffs in Nunavut’s Northwest Passage spotting polar bears on floating ice sheets. Glimpse a totem pole peeking from amid Haida Gwaii’s mossy rainforest. Aim your binoculars at millionaires’ mansions from another age gracing a maze of St. Lawrence River islands. Smell the salty sea air and thrill to whales breaching and icebergs drifting along Newfoundland and Labrador’s Iceberg Alley. Lounge in luxury or get salty hoisting sails or hauling lobsters aboard.
Canada has the world’s longest coastline—151,019 mile of Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic ocean shores—plus the beaches and rugged outcrops of the Canadian half of the Great Lakes. So walk the gangplank and come aboard. Dine on the bounty of the waters—crab, prawns and fish fresh from the deep - then hit your bunk and let the swell rock you to sleep.
- Set sail along British Columbia’s spectacular coastline including the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound aboard a classic wooden luxury yacht with modern amenities from fine cuisine to deluxe cabins.
- Sail the Inside Passage to the Great Bear Rainforest on a 68-foot ketch and spot 10,000-year-old villages, whales, sea lions and the elusive Kermode spirit bear.
- Step aboard a tall ship and cruise the magical archipelago of Haida Gwaii, marvelling at the tilted totem poles of SGang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, amid the mossy rainforest, a region rich with wildlife and First Nations heritage.
- Join an Inside Passage ferry cruise along coastal BC’s best wilderness areas between Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert , land of eagles, bears and orca whales.
- Help local lobster fishermen haul in lobster traps, then they’ll show you how to crack, cook and eat like a local in Shediac Bay while you learn about Francophone Acadian culture.
- Come face to face with minke, finback and humpback whales in the Bay of Fundy, their natural habitat and a UNESCO Biosphere, on a guided tour in a rigid-hulled Zodiac™.
Newfoundland and Labrador
- Set out from Twillingate to see massive icebergs adrift on Iceberg Alley and watching North America's largest population of humpback whales and seabirds.
- Cruise through The Narrows out of St. John’s, and find yourself amid sealife and glittering white mountains in Iceberg Alley; finish the day with a shot of vodka made from pristine iceberg water.
- Cruise ice-littered waters across the top of Canada through the legendary Northwest Passage watching for narwhal, polar bears, seals and seabirds and taking in Inuit culture and heritage.
- Search the depths for 400 years worth of long-lost schooners, barges and freighters as you wind your way along the St. Lawrence River through the scenic 1000 Islands.
- Explore the extravagant summer homes of Ontario’s elite cottage country, Muskoka, sailing on North America’s oldest steamship, the 1887 R.M.S. Segwun.
- Expect temperatures on the water to be chillier than on shore, with rain showers and windy conditions at times. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- The cruising season is roughly April through October depending on the latitude. It is cooler on the east coast in spring than on the west coast.
- Iceberg viewing season in Newfoundland is best April through June and whale watching continues through September.
- The Northwest Passage voyages are in the high Arctic's relatively ice-free mid-August through mid-September window.
- Bring warm clothing layers, especially in the north when snow is possible during any season. Rain jackets are a good idea.
- During summer, sunscreen is essential as are good sunglasses; Polaroids allow you to see down into the water. Binoculars are handy for close-up wildlife viewing.
- If the swell of the sea doesn’t agree with you, pack anti-motion pills to make the journey more fun.
- Find out about Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters, whale watching regulations, and fishing regulations before you visit.