Gulf Islands National Park

Whales, Wildlife, and Wine, of the Southern Gulf Islands

April / October 2018  •  4-5-days / 3-4-nights  •  6 guests

Experience the Mediterranean climate of this ecologically intriguing island archipelago as we explore the culinary culture of the Salish Sea. We’ll visit local farms and vineyards and hand pick fresh, in-season produce, and local artisanal cheeses, meats, and wine for a truly unique farm-to-galley experience. This expedition is one for the foodies and one not to be missed!

Spring in the Southern Gulf Islands abounds in a burst of not only flavour but wildlife as well, both at sea and on land. Migratory birds return from their winter breeding grounds, deer trace the shoreline with their spotted fawns, and the southern resident killer whales make their way back home in search of Pacific salmon. Marine mammals such as humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions will make this a feast for the eyes.

Witness the diverse intertidal life and rare terrestrial plant communities with colourful spring flowers in bloom to welcome the beginning of spring. Our chef will pair freshly harvested and foraged ingredients with local wines from the renowned Cowichan Valley and Southern Gulf Islands selected by our onboard expert Sommelier. We’ll have the incredible opportunity to visit vineyards as the previous year’s vintage is bottled for tasting, with a tour of the vines and cellars alongside the winemakers.

We’ll visit ecologically and culturally significant islands, beaches, and rainforests of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, established in 2003 to safeguard this ecologically and culturally sensitive region. We’ll learn all about the natural and cultural history of the region, from shell midden beaches to ancient rainforests, and clam gardens, and learn how the Coast Salish First Nations relied on this land for food for millennia. By the end of this expedition, we’ll understand the saying, “when the tide is out, dinner is served.”

“Thanks so much for the trip around the Gulf Islands on the Passing Cloud. It was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t have had without you. The scenery was beautiful, the meals were great and the company was wonderful!”


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Excite your taste buds with local food and wines harvested from the surrounding islands.

Encounter whales, porpoises, eagles, ravens, seals, sea lions, shore birds, sea birds, and songbirds.

Explore this island archipelago, with its unique Mediterranean climate, Douglas fir and arbutus forests, endangered Gary Oak ecosystems, and Coast Salish cultural heritage.

Itinerary Overview

This expedition will explore the Southern Gulf Islands while enjoying the tastes of the Salish Sea, and learning of the cultures and wildlife of this remarkable area. Accommodation and transportation among islands are spent aboard the 70’ classic wooden schooner, Passing Cloud. We will anchor at a different anchorage every night and visit as many islands as weather and time permits. Six guests will be accommodated in 3 private cabins. The crew will consist of a captain, mate, chef, and onboard expert sommelier. We will visit local farm and vineyards for a true Farm to Galley experience.

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Departs From

Sidney, British Columbia

Cruise Distances

50 nautical miles (~93 km), or 10 nm (18.5 km)/day


5 days / 4 nights

Physical Requirements


2018 Expedition Dates and Availability

April 2018  •  5-days / 4-nights  •  6 guests  •  $2,695 CAD/person


April 7 – 11


$2,695 CAD


2 Berths 




April 12 – 16


$2,695 CAD


Sold Out




October 23-27


$2,100 CAD


6 berths



Our prices are based on double occupancy, quoted in Canadian dollars, and subject to 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). All payments must be made in Canadian dollars, by cheque or credit card. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Check out what our guests have to say about this expedition!

“It is with deep gratitude and respect for you all that we leave our sailing adventure on the Salish Sea. The Passing Cloud is such a beautiful vessel, so lovely cared for. We had great wildlife sightings with many photo opportunities to capture the beauty of this area. Thank you, Russ, and Joel, for sharing your knowledge and passion and Graham for sharing your expertise in the galley! We had a wonderful time — Thank you!”

Allan and Geri , AB, CANADA

“I’ve searched the globe for authentic trips to build inspiration, appreciation, and a sense that we are all connected. Outer Shores and Passing Cloud gave this to our family. ”

— Melissa, BC, CANADA

“A super trip! Four days was just not long enough which means I’ll have to come again!I had a great time kayaking and sailing!”

— Ngaire, BC, CANADA

“Thanks so much for the trip around the Gulf Islands on the Passing Cloud. It was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t have had without you. The scenery was beautiful, the meals were great and the company was wonderful!”

— Linda, BC, CANADA

“You’ve made the right decision and we are all the better for it. Had a great time.”

— Terry, CA, USA

“Russell, most inspirational time, it has meant a lot to our family.”

— Roger, CA, USA

Preparing for your visit to the Southern Gulf Islands

Explore and Experience the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and the remarkable marine wilderness of the Salish Sea and Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Learn about the emerging wine growing region and the diverse agriculture of the Southern Gulf Islands. With easy accessibility from Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle there is much to take in from the surrounding areas before, during, and after your time onboard the Passing Cloud.

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