Sailing the Gulf Islands with Outer Shores Expeditions
I have been told I’m an ‘old salt’; a sailor at heart. The truth of the matter is that I’ll take any ship of any shape or size, be it big or small, modern or old-fashioned. As long as it floats, I’m up for whatever adventures lie ahead.
Tonight, I’m in Sidney, British Columbia; a quaint little community just east of the capital of Victoria. Tomorrow morning, I’ll head down to the Sidney Marine Pier to board one of my favorite ships out there: the strikingly beautiful, eight-passenger Passing Cloud.
Operated by Outer Shores Expeditions, my journey is a quick one: a three-night, four-day taster cruise through British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. There’s no set itinerary; we’re heading wherever conditions are favorable. The only firm thing on the books is that we’ll return to Sidney on Thursday morning. And with more than 200 islands of varying shapes and sizes that make up the Gulf Islands that lie between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland, we’ve got no shortage of choice!
I first sailed aboard the Passing Cloud back in 2014, when I ventured up to Haida Gwaii for what would turn out to be a deliciously educational, expedition-style sailing adventure through one of British Columbia’s most remote and misunderstood areas.
My Voyage Report from onboard Passing Cloud in Haida Gwaii:
Outer Shores Expeditions – Sailing Haida Gwaii
|Day 1||Arrival in Sandspit and boarding Passing Cloud|
|Day 2||Whales and Woodruff Bay|
|Day 3||Kayaking the Gordon Islands|
|Day 4||Visiting the Haida Gwaii heritage site of SGang Gwaay|
|Day 5||Exploring South Burnaby Narrows|
|Day 6||Windy Bay and the Legacy Pole|
|Day 7||A Chance Meeting on Tanu|
|Day 8||Recapping our Journey|
To start with, sailing aboard this classic, 70-foot long Schooner built in 1974 is a real treat. She’s been lovingly maintained throughout the years and is refurbished every season by Outer Shores fo
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