Province/Territory: British Columbia

Eight day tour through the best of supernatural British Columbia

  • 08-night grand tour of British Columbia
  • 14-hour daylight voyage through Inside Passage
  • 522 km voyage by the custom built "Northern Expedition" ferry

British Columbia is too vast and diverse a landscape to capture within a single visit, but the BC Ferries Inside Passage Wilderness Circle Tour certainly offers a spectrum of BC physical, cultural and natural history highlights. After touring the east coast of Vancouver Island by car, the "Northern Expedition" a ferry designed specifically for this voyage, sails through the famed "Inside Passage." Passengers include optional cabins, a first class viewing lounge and exceptional general seating throughout the vessel. In Prince Rupert, visitors can view a variety of whales, venture into Khutzeymateen, "Valley of the Grizzly," and get to know several bands of First Nation peoples. Travel south takes travellers into ghost towns, up mountain ranges and across the plains of the Cariboo, each day filled with wilderness, pioneer and aboriginal explorations.

Why you should visit
  • Embark on an 8 day comprehensive tour of what makes British Columbia supernatural.
  • Spot eagles, bears and elk from viewing lounges on "The Northern Expedition" which was designed specifically for the Inside Passage voyage.
  • Enjoy the comforts on-board including first-rate cuisine, shops and private cabins.
  • Prince Rupert provides the gateway to arguably BC's best wildlife viewing.
  • Prince Rupert also provides the home port for visits to Haida Gwaii, one of the only self-sufficient aboriginal communities in the world.
  • Traveling BC's diverse landscape includes a night in Whistler, North America's premier four season resort.

Weather

  • The varied terrain, altitude and locations of the Circle Tour means the weather may also change significantly from day to day. While summer snowfall is rare, there is always a possibility of rain. The nights will be cool and the days generally quite pleasant.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • BC Ferries Vacations rates & availability.
  • Ferry service between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert runs thoughout the year, however the voyage during the off season takes place mostly at night.
  • Vancouver-Nanaimo ferry crossing is covered in the package cost.
  • Package includes grizzly or whale watching in Prince Rupert.
  • Includes eight nights' accommodation.
When to go
  • June has the longest days, July and August bring the warmest weather.
  • Wildlife viewing, though never guaranteed, is possible throughout the year, though is most active during the summer the months.
Need to know
  • Bring binoculars for this trip.
  • Ferry is wheelchair accessible.
  • Bring layered clothing, including warm jacket and hat.
  • There are significant driving periods on this tour.
  • Individual cabins available for a fee during sailing.
Getting Here