Pacific Northwest Yacht Charter Guide

From the evergreen beauty of Vancouver Island to the tranquil waters of Desolation Sound, a yacht charter to this stunning region is perfect if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination that promises calm, protected cruising.

A luxury yacht charter to the Pacific Northwest offers breathtaking, rugged terrain and magnificent coastlines. The magnificent coastlines of the Pacific Northwest showcase endless waterways with plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Take a break from the classic Caribbean getaway and experience the tranquil magic this remote cruising ground has to offer. The hundreds of islets, coves and anchorages are surrounded by a backdrop of evergreen beauty. The Pacific Northwest welcomes you to take in the vast, unspoiled nature that makes up this breathtaking region.

The combination of absolute luxury onboard your yacht and the effortless natural beauty of the scenery makes for a one-of-a-kind holiday. For those interested in seeing nature in its most raw form, the Pacific Northwest is perfect. From the San Juan Islands to the Sunshine Coast and Jervis Inlet, Desolation Sound to Vancouver Island, you will be surrounded by picturesque terrain.

Located off Canada’s Pacific Coast, Vancouver Island has become a sought-after yachting destination due to its calm, deep waters and pristine coastlines. It is the largest island in Canada, filled with lush forests and stunning topography. The island is surrounded by the straits of Georgia, Johnstone and Charlotte on the Canadian side and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the American side. With plenty of mountainous terrains to explore, Vancouver Island offers the perfect escape for those seeking authentic, raw beauty. You can enjoy meals on the decks of your yacht with views of the inlets, fjords and wildlife as your backdrop. Hike The Golden Hinde Mountain for breathtaking views of the island. Lose yourself while exploring the Red Cedar and Douglas Fir forests, and keep an eye out for unique wildlife. A short hike to Mystic Beach is a must-do for adventure-seekers. You will pass through lush forest on a well-maintained trail, ensuring a safe and straightforward route. You will find small caves on the western side and an awe-inspiring waterfall on the east side. After a day of wilderness exploration, head back to your yacht for a good night’s rest to prepare for the adventures ahead.

Heading north of Vancouver Island, you will begin to approach the popular kayaking and boating destination of Desolation Sound. This region’s blissful seclusion welcomes yachts to cruise through the waterways and simply stop and admire the pure, rugged beauty. At the furthest corner of British Columbia, Desolation Sound is at the heart of many channels that give way to harbors and secluded islands. The wide variety of white sand beaches, remote villages and idyllic mountain ranges makes this hidden gem a must-do while on a Pacific Northwest yacht charter. The fjord-like harbor of Pendrell Sound is the perfect place to stop with warm waters and a shoreline lined with Pacific oysters. Just as beautiful and secluded, the cruising grounds of the Sunshine Coast and Jervis Inlet offer hundreds of protected inlets and anchorages. Head ashore for a meal in one of the charming ocean view restaurants. The Princess Louisa Inlet is nothing short of impressive, with lush green trees and towering mountains lining the coast and calm glassy waters below. The pristine anchorages invite you to stop, breathe and admire the pure natural beauty of this destination. Enjoy your morning coffee on the sundeck of your yacht as the crisp breeze carries the mist from the waterfalls right to you.

While on a Pacific Northwest yacht charter, you can explore the stunning San Juan Islands archipelago known for its rural landscapes and fantastic wildlife. Often acclaimed as the star of the archipelago, Sucia Island showcases geological formations along ten miles of hiking trails and unforgettable sunset views in Shallow Bay. Stuart Island is only accessible by yacht, making this a no-brainer while exploring the San Juans. You can spot river otters and orca whales as you cruise along the remote waters. Roche Harbor Resort is a seaside haven home to several quaint restaurants, art shops and a full-service spa on the Northwest side of the San Juan islands. The bustling town of Friday Harbor is nearby, offering unique excursions such as the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, where you can stroll through the bright purple blooming lavender. The largest of the San Juans is Orcas Island, named for its abundance and views of orca whales. A luxury yacht charter to the Pacific Northwest promises pure, untouched natural beauty with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Location Highlights

  • While visiting the San Juan Islands, head to the restaurant at Willows Inn, voted #1 restaurant in North America from 2016-2018
  • Explore Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island
  • Admire the Princess Louisa inlet while visiting Desolation Sound
  • Spot Orca Whales on Orcas Island in the San Juans
  • Visit the Pelindaba Lavender Farm to be engulfed in the smell of freshly grown lavender
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