Written by Missy Johnston

Desolation Sound Refuge Cove

Refuge Cove, Desolation Sound

A private luxury yacht cruise from Bellingham, Washington to British Columbia will certainly be filled with its share of stunning, picturesque scenery and interesting marine life. No single spot along this itinerary is more likely to take your breath away than British Columbia’s Desolation Sound.

This northern section off British Columbia’s coast has everything you could possibly want out of a scenic Canadian luxury private yacht charter, and more. It’s reachable only by boat or seaplane, so you may have the place to yourself most of the time.

The following suggestions should give you plenty to do and see while you’re there.

Spend Time Watching for Wild and Marine Life

Bald Eagle - Alaska

Bald Eagle

If there’s one thing the Canadian wilderness is known for (besides awe-inspiring beauty), it’s wild and marine life. The waters of Desolation Sound teem with humpback whales, orcas, jellyfish, salmon, sea stars, porpoises, seals, and plenty of other amazing creatures. Meanwhile, on land, you’ll have the opportunity to see grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, and a huge variety of birds. All you need to do is relax on board your charter yacht while this amazing wild and marine life just goes about their daily business of gathering food, and every other aspect of daily living all around you, oblivious to your existence.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled After Dark

Speaking of interesting wildlife, the waters outside of Homfray Lodge offer the chance to see bioluminescent creatures such as plankton, jellyfish, and some bacteria colonies sparkling under the surface. Jump in the ship’s tender for a spectacular display of bioluminescent sparkles spinning in the bow and stern wake or just swirl your hand in the water to see a fabulous natural light show.

Hike The Sunshine Coast Trail

Roscoe Bay, Desolation Sound

Roscoe Bay, Desolation Sound

If the land is calling to you, drop anchor and strap on your hiking boots for an opportunity to hike through some of the most jaw-dropping scenic points in the Desolation Sound section of the 111-mile (180 km) Sunshine Coast Trail. Just be aware that you are sharing the area with wildlife; watch the trees and the path ahead so you can see them before they see you.

Connect With the Locals

Local business owners and indigenous people often team up to come up with strategies for preserving the spectacular natural beauty and wildlife habitats of the area. If you feel moved by the stunning scenery, the whales breaching nearby, or any other aspect of your trip, consider lending your voice, your expertise, or your time to some of these preservation efforts. And be sure to sit back, relax and enjoy this spectacular area on your charter yacht itinerary in Desolation Sound.