Vancouver Island, the largest island off the coast of North America is distinct in it’s countless discovery passages and straits, mountains so high they produce rain shadow, single coniferous rainforest, and coast side villages with small-town charm, all of which feature on Sunsail’s Vancouver Yacht Charter with a choice of more than 2,154 islands in the Northwest locales.Perhaps the most intriguing of all the attractions in this cluster of British Columbian Islands is Wreck Beach, a clothing-optional space with a rocky shoreline stretching almost eight kilometres from Acadia Beach to Point Grey, making it the largest naturist beach in Northern America and a hotspot among tourists and even students and faculty of the nearby University of British Columbia.
Sunsail’s seven day Vancouver itinerary offers stop-offs at a variety of sandy islands and cosmopolitan cities with utmost access to magnificent fjords, secret coves, green mountain ranges and warm water ideal for snorkelling and swimming along the way. Whether you sail on your own or let a skipper take the ropes, Sunsail’s monohull yachts are expertly designed and roomy, perfect for lapping up the seas of this unique cruising ground and the panoramic views of mainland Canada.
Stop off at the Gulf Islands in the heart of the Salish Sea and set your clock to ‘Island Time’ as you embrace the lifestyle of the unique few who reside there 365 days a year, namely writers, musicians, hippies and retired millionaires. Fill your time with as little or as much activity as you feel, from beachcombing, kayaking, and cliff-side hiking to meandering through the sheep-filled fields or slumbering on the sunbathed shore, all before digging in to a regionally-sourced meal from the one of the best-kept local pubs.
The Sunshine Coast is another highlight. As it is only accessible by sea or air and often bypassed by cruisers rushing to deep-water destination Desolation Sound, the quiet, pristine strips of beaches, cedar forests and hidden anchorages are left for the lucky few, along with Princess Louisa Inlet entering through the fast-moving Malibu Rapids, hidden behind a drape of mountains.
Sunsail’s Vancouver Yacht Charter is priced from $3400 to $4650 for seven nights for a spacious, fully contained 12-metre monohull yacht containing three private double cabins and two bathrooms.
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