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The cruising area between mainland Canada and outstanding natural gem, Vancouver Island, is considered one of the world’s finest. Dramatic unfolding scenery, lush old-growth forests and abundant wildlife await.
Must see: 

Soak up the scenery of glorious fjords in the unique cruising ground of Desolation Sound where the waters are surrounded by steep, evergreen mountains, teeming with wildlife.

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Outdoor activities abound in the paradise known as The San Juan Islands – a group of 172 islands. Activities, geared to bareboat visitors, include cycling, hiking, kayaking, golf, whale watching and horse riding.

Get back to nature

Naturally blessed Vancouver Island – brimming with rainforests, meadows, beaches, mountains, rivers and lakes – is one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. The expansive island, on Canada's west coast, is a prime sailing destination for novice and advanced sailors and offers dramatic marine landscapes varying from sheltered inland waterways to the rugged open ocean. Your sailing holiday starts from the base at Vancouver Yacht Club, gateway to more than 2,000 islands including the Gulf Islands, the San Juan Islands (USA), the Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound.

A nature lover's paradise, watch for frolicking orca, minke, humpback or Pacific grey whales and grazing elk on the shoreline. Immerse yourself in the many outdoor activities on offer, and once you've had your fill of nature, visit quaint seaside towns or cosmopolitan Victoria on the southern tip to shop, dine, wine or amuse yourself. In Canada, creature comforts co-exist with the living traditions of the First Nations’ peoples. Secret coves and fjords, protected anchorages, waterfalls and ports of call in two countries - Canada is a land of extremes, both natural and cultural.