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Program #16802RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Jun 20 — Jun 30, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com/

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and iron board, hair dryers

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a Laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check for availability.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel (formerly Cleland Travel) toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, June 20 - Arrivals/Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK IN: Check-in to the hotel after 3:00 p.m

Dinner: Dinner in the Best Western Boardroom. Meet in the Boardroom (hotel staff will guide you) at 5:30PM. Our local guide, John Atkin, will be there to discuss the program and begin introductions.

Evening: Following dinner, we will have introductions and an orientation of the program to review the updated schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
371 Beach Road
Sandspit, BC Canada
phone: 250-637-2215
web: www.moresbyexplorers.com/seaport

Room amenities: Alarm clock

Facility amenities: 8 spacious guest rooms built in the spring of 2011, large covered deck and lots of space to enjoy the great ocean views. Common area with phone equipped with voicemail, coffee maker and a variety of teas. No internet access, but it is available at locations nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Friday, June 21 - Flight to Sandspit
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Best Western Boardroom. Breakfast begins at 7:30AM.

Morning: Enjoy a guided walk of Stanley Park and the area with John. Return to the hotel and pick up your boxed lunch, then transfer from the hotel to Vancouver Airport for our flight to Sandspit Airport.

Lunch: Eat your boxed lunch en route.

Afternoon: Flight from Vancouver to Sandspit. The Bluewater Shuttle will meet you at the Sandspit airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Please look for the Bluewater Shuttle when you get off the plane. The Sandspit airport is small and finding the shuttle should not be a problem.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Hotel can recommend local eateries nearby.

Evening: Evening on your own.

Lodging: Seaport B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Three: Saturday, June 22 - Haida Heritage Centre/Traditional Haida Lunch/Boa...
Breakfast: Begin your day with a home cooked breakfast served in the Seaport dining area at 7:15AM.

Morning: The group will meet in front of The Seaport B & B at 8:30AM. Please be sure to check out of your room with luggage in hand, prior to this time. You will be greeted by our shuttle bus driver/guide for your Haida Gwaii land tour. You will travel to the ferry landing at Alliford Bay to take the ferry across to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island. The ferry crossing takes approximately 20 minutes. We often take a one hour walk up the ‘Louise Dover Trail’ to see old growth forest, discuss local vegetation and see signs of historic forest use by the Haida First Nation. It is then a half hour ferry across Skidegate Inlet to Graham Island and the Haida community of Skidegate. Upon arrival we will visit a local Skidegate family for a traditional Haida lunch.

Lunch: Traditional Haida lunch hosted by a local Skidegate family.

Afternoon: The Haida Heritage Centre provides a wonderful introduction to local natural history and the Haida culture. In 2001, six new totem poles were raised outside, and a major expansion was completed in 2007. We visit the canoe shed to see examples of a 50 foot Haida canoe carved from a single cedar tree. After our tour of the Haida Heritage Centre, the group will catch the ferry back to Moresby Island, and will be transferred down to Moresby Camp where our sailing vessel “Island Roamer” is awaiting guests' arrival. Upon boarding, guests are assigned cabins and receive an introduction and safety orientation. After guests are settled, dinner will be served.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: An evening lecture and orientation to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site will be given in preparation for our journey into the protected area the following day.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Four: Sunday, June 23 - Kayak Orientation/Village of Tanu/Lyell Island
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at either 7:30 or 8:00am. The anchor is raised early this morning and the ship gets underway to take advantage of the tides.

Morning: There will be a kayak safety orientation and first opportunity to try out the 5 sea kayaks onboard in the protected waters of the bay, for those interested. Mid-morning we arrive at the old Haida village of Tanu. This will be our first introduction to Haida culture as we walk among the remains of some 25 longhouses and fallen totem poles. Famous carver, Bill Reid has his headstone in Tanu, as his mother was from this village. If the tide is low we will also do an intertidal walk along the beach and rocks in front of the old village, finding various species of starfish, anemone and urchins.

Lunch: Lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: Our afternoon stop is planned for Windy Bay – the site of the final stand-off on Lyell Island that stopped the logging and lead to the creation of these southern islands becoming the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in 1987. The Haida built a traditional longhouse here where Haida Watchmen spend the summer, but our main activity is focused on hiking beside a sparkling creek into the amazing old-growth forest with some truly gigantic trees. Later in the summer salmon will be visible in the creek.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: Review the day's activities and outline plans for the next day. The naturalist will commonly then provide background information on local animals. Overnight at mooring – Murchison Island.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Five: Monday, June 24 - Gwaii Haanas/Skincuttle Inlet
Breakfast: Breakfast on board at either 7:30 or 8:00am. Early risers can take advantage of the sea kayaks for a paddle before breakfast.

Morning: Heading out early from our anchorage we enter Juan Perez Sound, one the best areas in Gwaii Haanas for whale-watching. When we see whales, we will stop the yacht to watch their behavior and often get some excellent chances for photographs. Humpback whales are the most common and like to feed using their enormous pectoral fins and tails to corral the fish. Killer whales or orcas are seen throughout the islands. The most common here are called ‘transient’ whales and feed on other marine mammals.

Lunch: Lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: As we set sail, we may see them near seal or sea lion haulouts (similar to running into a pride of lions on the hunt). We occasionally see elusive Minke whales as we leave Juan Perez Sound and round Burnaby Island heading south. Entering Skincuttle Inlet, we will stop on one of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Ashore we will find burrows that seabirds use to nest under the ground, and some interesting shore side flowers.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: Captain will review the day using local maps or charts. The naturalist will update the species list with the assistance of all passengers. Overnight at anchor – Bag Harbour.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Six: Tuesday, June 25 - Burnaby Narrows/Rose Harbour
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at either 7:30 or 8:00am. The anchor is raised early this morning and the ship gets underway to take advantage of the tides.

Morning: After an early breakfast we head out to explore the best known intertidal area in Gwaii Haanas, Burnaby Narrows. With up to a 23-foot (7m) tidal range, these islands have some spectacular low tide exploring. Using the two zodiac inflatable boats and all the sea kayaks we will float above a garden of colorful seastars, anemones and urchins just inches below the water. It is a spellbinding experience. Nearby, we will walk into a grove of old-growth trees and see cedar trees that were used by the Haida for making baskets and tested for making a canoe.

Lunch: Lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: Moving through Skincuttle Inlet, we sail past Garcin Rocks we will watch for Steller sea lions. Large males can weigh 2000 lbs (900kg). FIELD TRIP: Entering protected Houston Stewart Channel we have reached the southern end of Moresby Island, and the historic site of one of Canada’s last whaling stations in Rose Harbour. We will go ashore to learn about the last days of whaling and how these islands, situated on the edge of the continental shelf, provided whales for over 40 years.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: Captain will review the day using local maps or charts as they are called aboard ship. The naturalist will update the species list with the assistance of all passengers. Overnight at mooring – Rose Harbour.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Seven: Wednesday, June 26 - Ninstints US World Heritage Site/Haida Watchmen
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at either 7:30 or 8:00am. Early risers can take advantage of the sea kayaks for a paddle before breakfast.

Morning: Today will be the highlight of the voyage for many, as we visit the UN World Heritage Site of Ninstints. This old Haida village holds the largest number of original, standing totem poles anywhere on the coast – and the experience is magical. We will spend much of the day on the island, so there will be plenty of time to photograph, talk with the Haida Watchmen, and explore the island.

Lunch: Lunch on the island.

Afternoon: Later in the day, if the weather allows, we will sail off the west coast searching for whales and offshore birds, like colorful puffins and majestic albatross. At this point we are only one hour’s travel away from the edge of the continental shelf and waters over 5,000 feet deep.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: Captain will review the day using local maps or charts. The naturalist will update the species list with the assistance of all passengers. Overnight mooring – Louscoone Inlet.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Eight: Thursday, June 27 - Ikeda Cove/Hot Springs Island
Breakfast: Breakfast on board at either 7:30 or 8:00am. Early risers can take advantage of the sea kayaks for a paddle before breakfast.

Morning: Morning walk ashore exploring a wonderful sand beach looking out on the open Pacific ocean. We occasionally find Japanese glass fishing floats – a true beachcomber’s treasure! Then we return to the protected eastern side of the islands, and Ikeda Cove. This lovely cove is named after a Japanese fisherman who discovered copper here in the early 1900’s. There are still remains to be seen from their hand mining operation, some lovely big trees and songbirds singing in the canopy.

Lunch: Lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: As we round Scudder Point returning to Juan Perez Sound, all hands scan the horizon for whales. Next stop is lovely Hot Springs Island. With a view looking out over the ocean to the San Cristoval Mountains beyond, these are probably the finest natural hot springs on the coast. There is a bathhouse, and four natural pools, all at different temperatures.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: Captain will review the day using local maps or charts. The naturalist will update the species list with the assistance of all passengers. Overnight at anchor beneath the San Cristobal Mountains in De La Beche Inlet.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ships feature large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. These vessels are large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.


Day Nine: Friday, June 28 - Bischoff Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board at either 7:30 or 8:00 am.

Morning: Today we will explore a new ecosystem… the Alpine. However, we don’t need to climb thousands of feet to reach it. In many places in the islands the tundra-like alpine environment can be reached within a few hundred feet of the ocean. We will search for some of the endemic bog flowers, like Newcombe’s butterweed and carnivorous plants, like butterwort and sundew.

Lunch: Lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: Next stop is a lovely area to explore by kayak or motorized skiff, the Bischoff Islands. We then head up scenic Darwin Sound into the heart of the mountains. All year there will be snow on the highest peaks.

Dinner: Dinner will be served once we have reached our evening anchorage. Each evening the ship turns off all engines and generators allowing everyone onboard to enjoy the peace and quiet - definitely one of the benefits of traveling aboard this size of ship.

Evening: The final evening aboard ship will be a social night. The Captain will review the trip highlights. Overnight at anchor – Anna Inlet.

Lodging: Island Roamer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com/

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and iron board, hair dryers

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a Laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check for availability.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel (formerly Cleland Travel) toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Ten: Saturday, June 29 - Disembark/Flight to Vancouver/Farewell Dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at either 7:30 or 8:00am.

Morning: Ship returns to Moresby Camp for disembarkation. Mid morning departure at Moresby Camp from the Island Roamer. The charter bus will meet participants and return them to the Sandspit Airport late morning. Last minute souvenir shopping may be accommodated at the gift shop in the Sandspit Inn or at the Visitor Information Centre located at the airport. Guests will have time for a leisurely lunch, and perhaps a walk along the shingle beach before catching the afternoon flight back to Vancouver.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: FLIGHT: Flight from Sandspit to Vancouver. Meet the shuttle driver outside of Arrivals and transfer to the Best Western Sands by Sea. The driver will have a Road Scholar sign.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, June 30 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Independent departures from Vancouver hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vancouver, BC
Vancouver MuseumThe Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs.
For additional information, visit: www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/index.htm

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27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Flights during the program

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