Provincial escape: discovering the alpine bays of British Columbia by superyacht | Boat International
8 Provincial escape: discovering the alpine bays of British Columbia by superyacht
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Vancouver

Perched on the Pacific, Canada’s westernmost province is rugged and beautiful. It’s a magical cruising destination full of both natural wonders and artistic diversions, giving visitors much to explore. Touring the Gulf Islands of British Columbia – set just off the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver – is best done by private yacht.

Day 1 – Vancouver

Vancouver is a city of contrasts, where you can go from the beach to the mountains in 20 minutes. You’ll board your superyacht at the Coal Harbour Marina in Vancouver. Take time to explore the wonders this modern coastal city offers before departing for the islands – perhaps shopping or enjoying some live music before dining at a top restaurant.

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Vancouver to Gibsons

Your first destination feels like a peaceful island getaway even though it’s actually still on the mainland. Accessible only by boat or air, this strip of quiet beaches, cedar forests, summer cottages, and artist colonies – hosting the highest population of artists in Canada – is just two hours from Vancouver.

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Gibsons to Pender Harbour

Set sail to Pender Harbour, a beautiful fishing village that marks the beginning of the Sunshine Coast – aptly named, as it gets more sun than Maui. Pender Harbour is actually a collection of bays and coves, so launch the tender and kayaks and set out for waterborne exploration of all the beautiful nooks and crannies that stretch for almost 40 miles.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Edgar Bullon

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Pender Harbour to Lund

Today, you’ll cruise to the tiny seaside village of Lund. This is the perfect place to put the hiking boots to good use as just seven miles north of Lund is Sarah Point, which marks the start of the 112-mile Sunshine Coast Trail. Take to the picturesque route for a day hike to find the perfect picnic spot, lovingly prepared by your yacht’s chef. After a day blazing trails, retire to the yacht and soak in the hot tub.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Menno Schaefer

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Savary Island

When you wake up at today’s destination, you might think you’re in the Caribbean and not the Pacific Northwest. Savary Island has a sparkling white sand beach that rivals any in the world, and it’s a great spot for your captain to drop a prawn trap so you can enjoy the fresh catch for dinner.

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / Outdoor Bliss

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Prideaux Haven

Arrive at Prideaux Haven, in the heart of Desolation Sound. This national park is a gathering point for yachtsmen and women who enjoy traversing the fjords, taking in the stunning mountainous scenery and making great wildlife sightings.

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / S/V Ocean Angel

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Pendrell Sound

The protected Pendrell Sound is the ideal place to break out the water toys as it maintains year-round water temperatures averaging 74oF. It’s well known for having the warmest water north of Mexico. Have fun playing, then take a tender tour – bring the camera to capture any wildlife sightings.

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / S/V Ocean Angel

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Refuge Cove to Vancouver

Fly back to Vancouver on a seaplane, a memorable way to return to reality, looking out at the vastness of the amazing areas you discovered with friends and family.

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / Donna Moreland

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