Have questions? We're here.
Hatley Castle, Victoria

Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Venture
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Canada trip. 1.406.541.2677
Help Me Plan My Trip
Talk with an expert Ask a Question
Discover the powerful wilderness and warm charm of the Pacific Northwest over a wide-ranging week in the San Juan Islands and British Columbia on an 8-day sailing expedition aboard National Geographic Venture. Explore remote islands and sail through channels that teem with sea life and visit charming towns and First Nations heritage sites. Also, enjoy kayak, hike, and search for wildlife including killer whales, seals, and bald eagles.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark | Seattle
Day 2 : Exploring the San Juan Islands
Day 3 : Friday Harbor
Day 4 : Victoria, British Columbia
Day 5 : Exploring Gulf Islands
Day 6 : Johnstone Strait | Alert Bay
Day 7 : Desolation Sound
Day 8 : Vancouver | Disembark

Highlights

  • Learn the histories of First Nations people through their art
  • Search for killer whales in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Enjoy a private evening event at the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria
  • Kayak and hike the wildlife-rich coasts of Desolation Sound

Ship

National Geographic Venture

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunken Garden at Butchart Garden, British Columbia pair of killer whales Hatley Castle, Victoria Picnic in a vineyard Always having adventures together!

Day 1 Embark | Seattle

Arrive in Seattle and transfer to your ship to begin your expedition.

Day 2 Exploring the San Juan Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you’ll visit the more remote of the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in northern Washington State perfect for kayaking, exploring by expedition landing craft, and hiking. Search for seals, sea lions, river otters, bald eagles and other marine mammals. 

Day 3 Friday Harbor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Friday Harbor, a picturesque town on San Juan Island. Visit the Whale Museum, with its fascinating collection of artifacts, artwork, and whale skeletons. Stop in at small shops and galleries. Later, we’ll search for orca whales on our way to British Columbia. 

Day 4 Victoria, British Columbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Clear into Canada in the charming city of Victoria and choose from several tailor-made options to explore based on your interests. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, stroll through Old Town or peruse the collections at local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while taking in the incredible collection of paintings.

Day 5 Exploring Gulf Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake this morning among the Gulf Islands, a rich archipelago in the Strait of Georgia, and a yachter’s paradise. We’ll take our pick of perfect spots to kayak, hike, and search for wildlife

Day 6 Johnstone Strait | Alert Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for killer whales in the northern hemisphere. In the afternoon, we’ll land in Alert Bay and make our way to the U'Mista Cultural Centre, home to a stunning collection of potlatch masks created by the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples. We’ll then walk or ride to the Big House, just a short distance away where the Tsasala Cultural Group puts on a dance and the performers explain the story of the dance movements.

Day 7 Desolation Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Desolation Sound, on the north end of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, is a mecca for kayakers and small yachts. It’s easy to understand why, with its calm, sheltered waters and outstanding natural beauty. By kayak there are many isolated bays to poke into and islets that beckon for exploration. On land there are meadows and forest trails for hiking. Tonight, enjoy Captain’s Farewell dinner.

Day 8 Vancouver | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Vancouver is British Columbia’s largest city and the major port for all of western Canada. It lies in a stunning setting, surrounded almost completely by water, with snowcapped mountains rising vertically from its very backyard. After breakfast, disembark the ship for connecting flights home.

National Geographic Venture

Deals

Flight Credit
Book by July 31, 2019 to receive a $500 Air Credit per person on select 2019 departures. Subject to availability. Contact us for details.
Click for departure dates

Per person starting at
$4,990
Select a Date
Category 1
Located on the main deck. Approximately 136 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
Select a Date
Category 2
Located on the main deck. Approximately 136 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
Select a Date
Category 3
Located on the upper deck. Approximately 151 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and a large view window. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
Select a Date
Category 4
Located on the upper deck. Approximately 151 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door and small, private balcony. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
Select a Date
Category 5
Located on the observation deck. Approximately 185 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability. 

This fare includes:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages**
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not included on Lord of the Glens)
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
This fare excludes:
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages; certain super-premium brands not included
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities (except aboard Sea Cloud, National Geographic Orion, & National Geographic Explorer)
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
Payment & Cancellation Policies
Mary Curry employee headshot
Mary C

We Love to Talk Travel

Call +1.406.541.2677
or
Chat Now
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.
KC Chan

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons

Awards and Accolades

All News