Cruise quietly amongst the coastal islands, passages and wildlife hotspots rich with seal pups, nesting eagles, comical oyster catchers and purple seastars. Harbour porpoise and orca whales sometimes even choose to watch us! The on-board ecologist offers an interesting narration about Sidney's scenic waterfront, its diverse marine life, and the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve including Little Group islets and Dock Island.
Tides and weather permitting, we visit a remote shell beach for some intertidal exploration. Binoculars are provided for wildlife viewing.
Convenient departures from the Sidney Pier at the foot of Beacon Avenue. Tickets and reservations available from the Sidney Pier Hotel, by contacting Guest Services 250.655.9445.
Daily tours 1:30pm, 3:00pm July through September 2013 Adult $43 Senior 65+/Youth 12-17yr $33 Child 5-11yr $23 Under 5 Free (plus tax)
THE SAANCH INLET ECO-CRUISE -- 2 hours
Watch for eagles, seals, jellyfish, seastars and sometimes even killer whales in the majestic serenity of Saanich Inlet along the remote mountain cliffs of Gowland-Tod Park. Investigate a trap of giant prawns & squat lobster, and when weather and tides permit, explore a remote shingle beach.
Contemplate the area's rich history from a First Nations' perspective, while gaining a lasting appreciation of this tranquil inlet and deep-water fiord.
Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages offered.
Departs from Brentwood Bay Marina, next to the Mill Bay Ferry terminal. Convenient, free parking. Tickets and reservations available from the Marina's EcoAdventure Centre, by calling 250.652.3151.
Daily tours 10:30am, 1:30pm June through October 2013 Adult $69 Senior 65+/Youth 13-17yr $59 Child 5-12yr $39 Under 5 Free (plus tax)
THE PIERS ISLAND ECO-CRUISE -- 1.5 hours
During the first part of this tour, you meet the friendly Piers Islanders who commute on this fun shuttle ride. Then continue with your ecologist skipper on your own exclusive tour of islets and passages off the Sidney waterfront. Bring your camera for the world-class viewing of seals and eagles.
Departs year-round from the Canoe Cove Marina, near the BC Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay. Convenient, free parking. Easy access for wheelchairs.
Tickets and reservations available from EcoCruising Tours, by calling 250.655.5211