We regularly get requests from visitors for information about our boat charters & marine sightseeing tours, the weather on the Sunshine Coast, our policies and extra services. We have gathered the most frequently asked questions below. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We work from bases in Egmont and in Sechelt on the Sechelt Peninsula. On scheduled Princess Louisa Inlet and Skookumchuck Narrows tours we load guests at the Backeddy Marina. On scheduled Mermaid and Cultural Tours we load at the municipal dock on Wharf Rd. Make sure you know which base to come to.
Custom tours may have different, unique locations. Make sure to clarify with your group organizer where to load.
Our regular tour prices do not include lunch or drinks. Almost everyone brings a bag lunch on the 5 hour Princess Louisa Inlet tour. We recommend you pack easy, finger food. Imagine snacks that your can grab and nibble on through the day. The Macdonald Memorial Shelter at Chatterbox Falls is a covered, open shelter with a large fire pit at its centre. There are 3 picnic tables at the shelter that can be used.
Your accommodation host can likely arrange a lunch for you.
There are no washrooms aboard the tour boats. On the Princess Louisa Inlet / Chatterbox Falls tour you are aboard for about 2 hours, then you go ashore in the Provincial Park. There are 2 outhouse toilets, located centrally in the park. After time ashore, beside Chatterbox Falls the run home is a bit less time. Coming home we run straight without diversions.
The marine environment and wildlife on the Sunshine Coast is rich and diverse. However wildlife sightings on our tours is limited. The outstanding features on the tours are the big landscapes and scenery.
Winter is an especially wonderful time in our Inlets. The waterways are sheltered from the typical storm cycles and they often are full of birds and marine mammals.
Probably not. Unlike more open ocean areas, our protected Inlets enjoy relative calm, especially during the winter. Prevailing winds tend to blow across the lie of the Inlet and don’t get down to water level. Travel is generally good because our Inlets twist and turn as opposed to running in a straight line where winds can build wave action. In summer we deal with strong inflow winds that can build wave action in some of the sections. Each trip is unique and boasts its own special appeal.
The Sunshine Coast tours run on fast, “small passenger vessels”. This is a Transport Canada classification indicating maximum capacity of 12 passengers.
To be compliant with provincial laws we do not allow smoking onboard the tour boat. Ashore in the Provincial Park the main consideration is the control of fire and litter.
Please do not bring pets on the tour.To ensure the comfort of everyone on board, and to comply with rules at the Provincial Park we ask you to make alternate arrangements for your pets.