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Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands

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October 20 - 27, 2018 (9 Days)

Day 1 — Vancouver, British Columbia

Arrive in Vancouver and embark the National Geographic Sea Bird.

Day 2 — Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound is a network of sheltered fjords and inlets on the north end of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Explore evergreen-shrouded shores by kayak or go hiking through forests and meadows.

Day 3 — Johnstone Strait/Alert Bay

Sail through Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the northern hemisphere. In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre and watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people to learn about their ancient culture.

Day 4 — Exploring the Gulf Islands

Wake up this morning among the Gulf Islands, a forested archipelago in the Strait of Georgia. We’ll take our pick of perfect spots to kayak, hike, and search for wildlife.

Day 5 — Victoria, British Columbia

Arrive in charming Victoria, situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Choose from several activities as we explore British Columbia’s capital city. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, take a stroll through historic neighborhoods, or peruse local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while learning about the work of one of Canada’s best-known artists.

Day 6 — Friday Harbor

Visit the picturesque town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Explore fascinating collections at the Whale Museum and stop in at small shops and galleries.

Day 7 — Exploring the San Juan Islands

Spend the day exploring the more remote of the San Juan Islands, an emerald-green archipelago off the coast of Washington that is ideal for kayaking, hiking, and exploring by Zodiac. Search for seals, sea lions, and sea otters in rocky inlets, and spot bald eagles while walking through dense forests. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell farewell dinner.

Day 8 — Seattle, Washington

Arrive in Seattle and disembark our ship after breakfast before the transfer to the airport for your flight home.