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LATimesFor a ‘Swell’ time, try a tugboat cruise on British Columbia’s waterways

Here’s a little tugboat that could: The aptly named Swell, a classic restored tug built in 1912, is making two inaugural voyages this spring as the newest member of Maple Leaf Adventures’ fleet.

Its first voyage, in April, takes place in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in British Columbia. Passengers on this five-day excursion will be part of the ship’s blessing ceremony and receive a commemorative bottle of wine. Highlights include cruising to various islands, hiking and wildlife viewing.

The Swell’s second cruise, an eight-day voyage, covers Vancouver Island’s Inside Passage, a historic waterway that the vessel once plied as a tugboat. Highlights here include stops at remote islands and coastal communities as well as wildlife viewing.