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[January 27, 2015]  NEW! Announcing 2015 Spring Repositioning Cruises

SPRING REPOSITIONING CRUISES – SALISH SEA TO THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST

Join us this spring aboard the schooner Passing Cloud as we explore and sail our way north from southern Vancouver Island to the Great Bear Rainforest!

Voyage1 (May 31-June 6): Departing from Sidney and ending in Campbell River, Voyage 1 will take us through Gulf Islands National Park, into the Salish Sea, along the Sunshine Coast, and into Desolation Sound.

Voyage 2 (June 7-13): Departing from Campbell River and ending in Port Hardy, Voyage 2 has us exploring our way through Discover Passage, Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Archipelago, and Queen Charlotte Strait.

Voyage 3 (June 14-21): Departing from Port Hardy and ending in Bella Bella, Voyage 3 takes us deep into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest and features spring bear viewing in coastal estuaries.

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[January 16, 2015]  Book your April 26th or May 2nd PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK expedition by March 1st and Save 20%

ANCIENT COASTAL CIVILIZATIONS WITH GUEST ARCHEOLOGIST DENIS ST. CLAIRE

Our expeditions on the west coast of Vancouver Island are dedicated to exploring and experiencing the wildlife, wilderness, and rich Nuu-chah-nulth cultural heritage of Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands. Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands form a world where black bears feed on shellfish at low tide, ravens drop clams from the sky, gray whales sift the shallows for tube worms, and killer whales patrol kelp forests for salmon and seals.

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[January 7, 2015]  Book your 2015 HAIDA GWAII or GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST expedition by March 1st and Save 10%

HAIDA GWAII ARCHIPELAGO – ISLANDS AT THE EDGE

This 9-day expedition is dedicated to exploring and learning about the ecosystems, wildlife, and cultural heritage of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Haida Heritage Site, and National Marine Conservation Area. We will visit ancient Haida villages and learn about their histories and people from the Haida Watchmen who protect them. Most famous is SGang Gwaay Llnagaay, abandoned in the late 19th century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Here, a collection of haunting mortuary poles and wooden house remains stand testament to the traditional ways of the Haida Nation.

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GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST – SALMON, BEARS, WHALES, AND WOLVES

The Great Bear Rainforest extends from northern Vancouver Island to the BC-Alaska border and represents one of the largest remaining intact coastal temperate forests in the world. This 9-day expedition is dedicated to observing, photographing, and learning about the abundant top predators of the Great Bear Rainforest, including grizzly bears, black bears, the iconic “Spirit” bear, and coastal wolves. We will visit bear viewing stands operated by local First Nations where we will have excellent opportunities to observe both Spirit bears and black bears fishing for salmon.

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The Schooner

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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.

Outer Shores Brochure

An engaging glimpse into the onboard and onshore Outer Shores Expeditions experience. Click above to view a brochure which provides you with further insight, an itinerary, highlights, and more. Click below to download the brochure.