Wines and Islands

Explore BC’s Wine Islands by Cruise

Vineyard walks, sea lion haul-outs, and fine dining aboard luxury catamaran—experience the people, place, and passion of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands’ emerging wine regions.

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Wines and Islands

Cruise Islands and Natural Coves in a Wine Region Like No Other

Embark on a first-of-its-kind tasting adventure aboard the spacious MV Cascadia. Guided by experts and industry pioneers, indulge in tastings of the finest wines from BC’s distinct regions. Island hop between Vancouver Island and the remote Gulf Islands, discovering the emerging “Wine Islands” and their unique place in the Salish Sea.

Cruise into hard-to-reach South Gulf Island pockets, marvel at stunning landscapes, and local wildlife. This deep exploration of wine includes geology, philosophy, aroma, and culinary pairings. You’ll feel immersed in the region’s nature, anchoring in remote locations inaccessible by car or ferry. This extraordinary journey is a celebration of BC’s emerging wine regions.

Itinerary Details
  • Ship: Cascadia (Catamaran)
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Ports: Sidney

Experience Canada’s “Wine Islands”

See our Wines and Islands tour through the eyes of our guests.

What People Say

See what our guests have to say about our Wines and Islands tour.

    “’Wild and wooly’ within a pristine wilderness. Pushing life to the limit. The best of days from sunrise to sunset. Thank you for the opportunity to rejuvenate our spirits. Merci from two Victorians and ex-Montrealers”

    Sheila Madill and Bill Fuller, Victoria, BC

    “From our first inquiries to the final docking, our trip has been first class all the way”

    F. Shirley, Ontario, Canada

    “An unbelievable experience with the most dedicated and involved crew I’ve ever experienced. Every day was ‘magical’. The bar for my next adventure now is high! A true way to tick off a bucket list item in such a successful way. Thanks so much to all the fabulous crew”

    Chuck Cole, Washington, USA

    “Another wonderful trip on the Maple Leaf. Once again, the people, as well as nature, were great! This is always the most difficult part of the trip, saying Goodbye. Already planning the next journey”

    Jim and Judy Colvin, Los Angeles, CA


Explore the Breadth of BC Wine, Its People and Place

Each day you’ll learn about and taste the best wines from BC’s distinct wine regions, as well as the nature that inspires it, aboard a spacious catamaran yacht.

Enjoy the breadth of BC wine

Explore locally grown and crafted drops together with chef-prepared meals inspired by the land and sea.

Geological Wonders

Tender alongside ridges of rock, sandstone and soils which support the Mediterranean-style brush and arbutus trees.

Spectacular Nature

Observe sea lions in their element as we island-hop Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, anchoring in remote locations.

Meet the Winemakers

Guided by our on-board experts, as well as other wine industry leaders and pioneers bringing notice to the region.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about our Wines and Islands itinerary. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more general trip and booking information.

Taxi services are readily available from Victoria Airport (YYJ) or Swartz Bay Terminal when you arrive. The Marina in Sidney is a short 10 minute drive from the airport or ferry terminal. 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 complimentary parking pass is available from the marina office.

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. Please do not book nonrefundable airfare before getting the boarding and disembarking times for your trip.

Located in a rain shadow, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have a very unique semi-Mediterranean climate that keeps the region drier than the rest of the BC coast. Autumn continues to be a mild time of year with beautiful changing colours and more sun than you might expect. When packing for your trip, consider bringing layers of clothing that you can easily add or remove to adjust to changing temperatures. A lightweight waterproof jacket or raincoat is advisable to protect against any potential rainfall. For the most accurate and up-to-date weather information, it’s recommended to check local forecasts before your trip.

During the fall season, migrating birds stop on the beaches on their journey south along the Pacific Flyway. Spawning salmon congregate among the islands before running up the mighty Fraser River, and marine mammals including seals, sea lions and orcas feast on the plenty. Exploring the islands’ trails and shorelines might also reveal other fascinating creatures like deer, raccoons, and various marine species. It’s important to remember that even with the local knowledge of our guiding crew, sightings of specific wildlife are never a guarantee. Visit with an open mind and see what the region has to offer.

No, you do not have to be a wine enthusiast to enjoy this trip. While the voyage is centered around BC wine and offers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s diverse offerings, the experience is not exclusively for wine lovers. The trip also encompasses culinary delights, stunning landscapes, and encounters with nature that can be appreciated by all guests. Whether you have a passion for wine or simply enjoy immersive travel experiences, this journey offers a rich tapestry of activities and sights to enjoy.

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