Charter Cruises

There is no shortage of spectacular wilderness spots to discover around Sonora Island, and using our extensive knowledge of the area, we’ll create a customized experience for you. Below are four of our favourite tours.

The Bay Cruise

A relaxing cruise through the Gillard Islands, and across the Yuculta Rapids to the small community of Big Bay at Stuart Island. You will receive charcuterie and sparkling wine, or your choice of beverages, while taking in the sights and sounds of this spectacular area of the Discovery Islands. A variety of sea birds, seals and other wildlife can often be spotted amongst the tiny Gillard Islands close to Sonora Resort.

Duration: 1 or 2 hours (guest booked)

The Bute Inlet Cruise

A cruise through the majestic Bute Inlet, with soaring peaks of up to 8000ft dominating the views, and sheer cliffs dropping into turquoise waters. From May to June, several waterfalls are in full force with the spring snow melt. Bears, eagles, a variety of sea birds, and small mammals can be seen along the shoreline, with many opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.

Duration: 3 to 5 Hours (guest booked)

Note: Waterfalls are best viewed May through late June depending on the snowpack. July – October the scenery is spectacular but few waterfalls are visible.

Desolation Sound and Toba Inlet Cruise

Toba Inlet is one of the most spectacular Inlets on the B.C. Coast. Due to its narrow width and steep valley walls, reminiscent of a Norwegian fjord, Toba is a sight to behold. There are year-round waterfalls which tumble down from the heights into turquoise waters of the Inlet. A longer trip down Waddington Channel into Desolation Sound takes you to one of the most popular cruising destinations in the Pacific Northwest; Desolation Sound Marine Park. Beautiful spots such as Prideaux Haven, Squirrel Cove, Refuge Cove, Roscoe Bay, Teakerne Arm, and Castle Falls can be visited whilst enjoying the scenery and a boxed Chef’s lunch.

Duration: 6-8 hours (guest booked)

Photography Cruises

Whether you are looking for majestic bald eagles, swirling ocean life or stunning landscapes your guide will take you to them. Photography cruises are customized to the photographer and are timed for optimal lighting. Scenic vistas, swooping resident bald eagles and harbour seals are typically in abundance, and on occasion guides are able to track down bears, stellar sea lions, pacific white sided dolphins, orcas and other unique wildlife. For those with an interest in local history and culture, try exploring tugboat pass and resident float houses. 

Duration: 2–3 Hours (guest booked)

Note: Canon and Nikon Telephoto lenses are available on loan from our gift shop and will help you capture the professional-quality images that you are looking for.

Activity Rates

Charter CruisesPer hour
30ft Grady White (maximum 5 people)$270
36ft Grady White (maximum 8 people)$385

Rates do not include GST and carbon surcharges. All taxes, fees and surcharges are subject to change without prior notice.