You can rent a private yacht and sail the breathtaking B.C. coast this summer

Photo: NW Explorations

Dreaming of captaining your own private yacht down the breathtaking B.C. coastline on your next getaway?

Yacht charter and brokerage company NW Explorations, based in Sidney, B.C., offers charter trips as well as flotillas to places like Alaska, Desolation Sound and the San Juan Islands. 

The company has a fleet of primarily Grand Banks yachts, and trips are typically seven to ten days long. In addition, they offer training courses and workshops for those who need further skills before taking the helm. A maintenance division also performs repairs, upgrades, custom installations and regular maintenance to ensure every yacht is seaworthy. 

“The Pacific Northwest offers the quintessential Canadian experience,” says owner Ross Tennant.  “Navigating the region by yacht is an incredible way to witness the beauty this country’s coastline has to offer.”  


Photo: NW Explorations

For those looking to join a flotilla, the company will make a voyage to Desolation Sound this September, which will include the awe-inspiring Princess Louisa Inlet. The two-week trip makes a stop nearly every day, and there are several yachts available to choose from for the journey.

For charters, there are 20 boats available that come in a variety of sizes and prices. For example, Northstream is a stunning 70 pilothouse yacht, “with a spacious and open feeling in a warm, welcoming, and striking interior layout.” There are four cabins and it sleeps six people and two crew. The yacht costs $16,500 U.S. per week during low season and $22,000 U.S. per week during high season.

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