Desolation Sound in Spring

Find Solitude in Pristine Nature

Explore the stunning waterways, fjords and islands of Desolation Sound, one of the world’s most popular cruising destinations.

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Discover Desolation Sound in Spring

Explore Beyond the Roads, Through Captivating Fjords and Islands

Join us on this coastal safari, where you’ll experience the thrill of adventure and the tranquillity of nature. Set sail on a luxurious yacht and explore the rugged coastline, surrounded by stunning mountain views and crystal-clear waters teeming with wildlife.

With expert locals to guide you, you’ll discover hidden coves, wander secluded beaches, and kayak among the fjords. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a nature lover, this trip is designed for anyone who wants to reconnect with the natural world in its season of renewal.

Itinerary Details
  • Ships: Maple Leaf, Swell, and Cascadia
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Ports: Campbell River

What People Say

See what our guests have to say about our Desolation Sound adventures.

    “The Desolation Sound journey exceeded our expectations. From the crew greetings, pier side, assistance with our bags, and transfer from tender to splash deck on Cascadia, we were impressed with the friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism of expedition leader Kevin and crew”

    Elsbeth D., Tripadvisor

    “This was a trip of a lifetime for me. To sail was on my bucket list. Kevin and his crew made my trip unforgettable. What an experience. We were able to crew as little or as much as we wanted. The food was excellent and the accommodations were more than comfortable”

    Marie T., Tripadvisor

    “This was the best small ship cruise we have done – hands down (we’ve done six). The vessel was understated luxury (MV Cascadia), the crew was competent, friendly and experienced (and fun), the wildlife, scenery and nature were spectacular and the food and wine pairings were exceptional”

    Charlie-Niagara, Tripadvisor


Experience Nature Without the Summer Crowds

Wildlife, wildflowers, mountains, sailing, and island hopping.

Rainforest Trails

See up close the unique colours of arbutus trees and salmonberry flowers that bloom in spring.

Solitude in Nature

By touring in spring, you will enjoy the tranquil waters in calmness before other cruisers arrive.

Remarkable Wildlife

We have the place almost to ourselves to enjoy whales, seabirds, and if we are lucky, a spring-foraging bear.

Adventure Beyond the Roadmap

With expert locals to guide you, you’ll discover hidden coves, wander beaches, and kayak among the fjords.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about our Desolation Sound itineraries. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more general trip and booking information.

To reach Campbell River by air, you can fly Air Canada or Pacific Coastal Airlines through Vancouver Airport. Taxi services are readily available at the airport when you land. Contact information for taxi companies is provided to you before your tour, should you need to call the taxi upon your arrival. At the end of your tour your captain will arrange a taxi pick up at the marina to take you to the airport. If you choose to drive, a parking pass (free of charge) is available from the Discovery Harbour Marina office on ‘K’ dock.

Our schedule is designed to accommodate incoming flights on the day of departure and most guests will arrive on the day. But, if you would like to arrive a little early to avoid the stress of possible flight delays, you will find recommendations for local hotels and activities in your welcome aboard package.

Generally speaking, spring in Desolation Sound is characterized by mild temperatures and increasing daylight hours. However, it’s important to note that weather on the coast can be variable. In spring, you can expect average temperatures ranging from 5-15°C (40s to 60s Fahrenheit). It’s recommended to pack layers, including light jackets and sweaters, as well as rain gear, as springtime can bring showers. Be sure to also check the weather forecast closer to your travel dates for more accurate information about the weather conditions during your trip.

While Desolation Sound is home to a variety of wildlife, including bears, spotting them is not guaranteed. Bears are wild animals, and their presence and visibility can be influenced by factors such as food availability, weather conditions, and their natural behavior. However, with the diverse ecosystems and habitats in Desolation Sound and the local knowledge of our guiding crew, there is always a chance of encountering bears during your trip.

Desolation Sound is part of the larger ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest, which is known for its rich marine life, including whales. While there is a good possibility of seeing whales during your trip, it’s important to note that wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed. Whales are wild animals that roam and follow their own migration patterns. Factors such as weather conditions, feeding habits, and chance encounters play a significant role in their visibility. Our knowledgeable crew and naturalists will do their best to locate and observe whales if they are present in the area, in a respectful way.

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Discover the stunning beauty of the BC and Alaska coast on a boutique nature and wildlife expedition. Browse our dates and rates and find the perfect trip for you.

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