No visit to the Sunshine Coast is complete without getting out on the water. Taking a scenic flight is another way to experience this beautiful coastline from an aerial perspective. From full day trips to shorter excursions, there is a tour to suit every budget.
Sunshine Coast Tours
Operating out of the Egmont, near Skookumchuck Narrows, Sunshine Coast Tours most popular trip is the 30 mile cruise up to Princess Louisa Inlet.
Tours scheduled frequently through spring (March, April, May) and fall (October, November), and daily June to Sept. Winter tours are available by arrangement. Enjoy the best of the area from the warm dry cabin on the tour boat.Outside viewing areas maximize photo opportunities
Glacial action carved the steep sided fjords that penetrate the Sunshine Coast.Tour commentaries highlight the natural, cultural and political history of areas along this 30 mile trip. The sheer walls of the inlet make for numerous waterfalls and impressive landscapes. Every trip is unique; each passing weather system changes the look of the Inlet. Don’t try to pay attention to everything. Pick out what fascinates you and enjoy.
At the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet is Young Life’s Malibu Club. Begun in the 1930’s by Tom Hamilton, his “Malibu Club in Canada” was intended to be a luxury resort for movie stars. By the early 50’s the project was abandoned and Young Life purchased the camp. Every year since then a summer program has been operated at this spectacular retreat. You’ll get a good overview of the site passing slowly through the Malibu rapids entering Princess Louisa Inlet.
The Inlet terminates at Chatterbox falls where you can go ashore at the Provincial Park. The park was once the homestead of James MacDonald who grew to think of himself more as a caretaker than an owner. For greatest public benefit ownership was passed from Mac to the society he created, and then to the Province of British Columbia as Princess Louisa Marine Park.
Shorter boat tours, wilderness camping drop-offs, charters up the inlet via a comfortable 25′ pontoon boat are available from Porpoise Bay, through www.mermaidboattours.com 604.989.0068
Sail aboard yachts from 38-60′ among the islands and inlets of the Sunshine Coast. A beautiful and relaxing way to explore. All certified and knowledgeable skippers. Day tours, evening cruises or private charters from $75/hr.
Malaspina Water Taxi
Malaspina’s most popular marine tour is our four hour exploration of Jedediah Island Marine Park, where you gather fresh oysters and pick fruit from the wild orchards of apple, pear and cherry trees. Wildlife often seen includes eagles, seals, otters, dolphins,sea lions, shore birds, and occasional whale sightings!
Jedediah Is. also offers the opportunity to see herds of wild sheep and goats while experiencing the tranquility that only this island can provide.
Other tours offered are Princess Louisa, Roberts Beach, Native Pictograph and a Pender Harbour marine tour.
Water taxi service to Thormanby Island from Secret Cove leaves from either the Government Dock 604.885.1212 or Buccaneers Marina 604.885.7888.
Slocat Harbour Tours
Enjoy a 1 1/2 hr narrated tour of Pender Harbour , via the comfortable Slocat 1. Dubbed “Venice of the North”, this is one of the most unique harbours in Canada. Perfect for families. Charters can also be arranged for groups, weddings, or twilight tours.
Adults $35.00 Children 3 – 12 $15.00
Children under 3 – FREE
Three daily tours, weather permitting, departing at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, & 3:00 PM from the Government dock in Madeira Park.
Two first class seaplane carriers offering daily scheduled service between Sechelt, Vancouver, Whistler and popular destinations on Vancouver Island as well as Charters and flight seeing tours. They have flown to unique destinations landing on glacier lakes, secluded beaches and private docksCompetitive rates, flexibility and convenient locations near Prime Car Rentals. And they’re even pet friendly!
Starting in Porpoise Bay, fly up over the Skookumchuk Narrows and see the rapids boiling below, exchanging the Inlet’s tidal waters. Cross the Agamemmon Channel with the West Coast’s deepest water. You’ll fly over Sakinaw and Ruby Lakes, Pender Harbour, and Garden Bay as you make your way back down the Sechelt Penninsula to complete the 30 minute loop.
Fly & Dine Tour
Enjoy the scenic inlet tour then land directly at the Westcoast Wilderness Lodge for a unique dining experience overlooking the inlet before being returned home.
During the shorter winter days flights depart Sechelt and feature lunch on the Gibsons waterfront at Bueno Osteria.
Contact Sunshine Coast Air for pricing and reservations.
Chatterbox Falls & West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Accessible only by boat or floatplane, Chatterbox Falls at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet, a majestic glacier carved deep water inlet, is unforgettable. Enjoy the scenic fjord tour with a brief photo stop then follow the Jervis Inlet back to land directly at the Westcoast Wilderness Lodge for a either a three course lunch or dinner while the floatplane waits at the dock for you .
$499/person (based on 4 pax)
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