Our trip on the MV Swell on the inside pasage of Vancouver Island

October 19 to October 26, 2018

Elston and Jackline Hill
Our trip on the tugboat MV Swell commenced at Port
McNeill on the northern end of Vancouver Island. The
Swell is a magnificent tug built in 1912 and restored
recently by Maple Leaf Expeditions.

The Swell has six cabins capable of accommodating
up to 12 passengers. We were fortunate on this trip to
only share the boat with one other couple from

The crew were exceptionally well trained and were
very knowledgeable about navigation, the area, and
the natural life.  The meals were delicious and
prepared with the best ingredients and great flare.
Our first stop on the first evening was at Alert Bay, an indigenous community.
Cooking salmon for a
picnic on the beach.
Anglican Church
The second day was the highlight of the trip with humpbacks, orcas, stellar seals, dolphins harassing orcas, porpoises, and much more.  
The humpbacks were feeding on herring.
A pod of orcas was being harassed by dolphins, much as crows harass eagles.
Stellar Seals
Porpoise above.

Eagles and grizzly on a small creek.
A trip up Bute Inlet on the mainland revealed incredible beauty.
Cormorants along tidal rapids.
Navigating through tidal rapids in the fog was exciting.
Hiking through the rain forest
Harbor Seals
Stellar Seals
And finally the drier climate of the Gulf
Islands as we near our destination of
Sidney on Vancouver Island. The
Madrone trees love the drier climate
and the garter snakes can catch small
fish in the tide pools.
We want to thank the crew of the Swell for a wonderful trip through the inside passage of Vancouver Island.