Exploring British Columbia and The San Juan Islands (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Ship: Varies by Departure
Seattle, WA, United States to Vancouver, BC, Canada
Seattle, WA, United States

Arrive in Seattle and transfer to National Geographic Quest to begin your expedition.

San Juan Islands, WA, United States

Today we'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 killer whales. (B,L,D)

Friday Harbor, WA, United States

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 killer whales on our way to British Columbia. (B,L,D)

Victoria, BC, Canada

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, eat like a local on a culinary walk through Old Town, or peruse the collections at local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private wine tasting and reception at The Robert Bateman Centre while taking in the incredible collection of paintings. (B,L,D)

Gulf Islands, BC, Canada

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. (B,L,D)

Johnstone Strait, BC, Canada
Alert Bay, BC, Canada

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. (B,L,D)

Desolation Sound, BC, Canada

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. (B,L,D)

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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. (B)

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