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In the Wake of Captain James Cook (New for 2017!)

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Vancouver Island’s West Coast

When to go: May 2017
Duration: 8-days/7-nights
Group size: 6 guests
Departs from/Returns to: Tofino, BC
Price:  Inquire for 2017 rates

When Captain James Cook and his crew stepped ashore Nootka Island in March, 1778, they triggered an almost unimaginable series of social and ecological events that continue to play out to this day. During this unique expedition we will explore the west coast of Vancouver Island, visiting many of same places where Cook and his crew landed more than 300 years ago, and contemplate the marine ecosystems and ancient cultures that these early Europeans encountered in their quest for the fabled Northwest Passage.

The logs and personal accounts of James Cook and other European explorers provide some of the earliest accounts of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations who have inhabited the west coast of Vancouver Island for more than 10,000 years. We will gain unique insight into the social structure, world-view, fishing and hunting practices, art, politics, and daily lives of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.

During their month in Friendly Cove, Cook traded with Mowachaht Chief Maquinna for sea otter pelts which they subsequently traded for tea and spices in China. In doing so, Europeans realized the value of incredibly lush sea otters pelts, and thus instigated the North Pacific Marine Fur Trade. Over the century to follow, sea otters were hunted to the brink of extinction from northern Japan to Baja California. We’ll travel to regions where sea otters have recovered in large numbers and see first-hand how they are transforming the BC coast.

This will be an expedition in the truest sense, combining travel, adventure, exploration, discovery, history, and culture, all aboard our classic wooden schooner, the Passing Cloud. Inquire for more details about these unique expeditions.


Outer Shores Expeditions is proudly Carbon-Neutral Certified. Our carbon offsetting supports the Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project  [LEARN MORE]

2015 Canadian Tourism Award Winner

The Schooner

Passing Cloud is a 70′ classic wooden schooner designed by William James Roue, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose in 1921.

Meet the Crew

The Outer Shores Crew is a team of enthusiastic, fun and exceptional individuals who work both onboard and behind the scenes to provide the best possible experiences and care for our guests.

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An engaging glimpse into the onboard and onshore Outer Shores Expeditions experience.