Vacations

OCSC's British Columbia Flotilla

Easy to schedule

This is an easy to schedule trip. It’s close to SF Bay and you only need one week of vacation and get to experience beautiful Fiords, crystal clear water, lots of Canadian wildlife and so much more…

We welcome you to the most convenient and central cruising location available on the entire BC coast. From the starting location in Stones Marina, Nanaimo you will feel that you are on an adventure sailing vacation minutes after departing. Sailing Vancouver Island and surrounding areas provide an unparalleled and world class Bare Boat Yacht Charter experience.

One of the finest sailing area in the world

The BC Gulf Islands and Washington’s San Juan Islands lie to the south, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast is just east. Princess Louisa National Park, the magnificent Desolation Sound and the inside passage route to Alaska is north.

Year after year people return to this area to visit countless islands, private coves, safe anchorages and a variety of marinas that will make this an unforgettable experience.

Across the Straits of Georgia from Nanaimo up into Princess Louisa National Park and back

Nanaimo

The "great and mighty people" welcome travelers from afar. Cosmopolitan, yet affordable, this is the ideal city to caste off a sailing adventure. Visit the waterfront and enjoy the sunset and local fare at a neighborhood restaurant while studying charts for the forthcoming passage. Bon Voyage.

Princess Louisa National Park

Author Erle Stanley Gardner says it all:

"There is a calm tranquility which stretches from the smooth surface of the reflecting waters straight up into infinity. The deep calm of eternal silence is disturbed only by the muffled roar of throbbing waterfalls as they plunge down from sheer cliffs. There is no scenery in the world that can beat it. Not that I've seen the rest of the world. I don't need to. I've seen Princess Louisa Inlet".

Breathtaking Chatterbox Falls marks the head of the inlet and these falls tumble 120 feet. This national park contains campsites, a ranger cabin, picnic shelter and toilets. For boaters there is a mooring buoy, stern pins, a boat dock and a dinghy dock. We are sure this will be a memorable charter experience as the scenery is unforgettable.

OCSC’s Flotillas

If you haven’t been on a flotilla before, here’s how it works. OCSC reserves several boats for the location and holds a series of planning parties to explain the details and answer questions from anyone who is interested. Some members choose to reserve a whole boat with their friends and family; some hook up with other singles or couples to form their own boat; a third option is to charter a cabin on a boat skippered by an OCSC Instructor. These planning meetings are the best way to decide which option works best for you. We suggest that you use them to meet potential shipmates, other skippers, and the OCSC personnel who will be leading the flotilla.

Flotilla charters are ideal for first-time skippers since OCSC helps in cruise planning, introduces individuals to others interested in sharing a yacht, and sends an experienced ‘group leader’ along. The security in this type of ‘buddy-boating’ is one reason for flotilla-style chartering, but the ease of participation, sailing with lots of friends made at the planning parties and multi-boat get-togethers in the evenings make any charter that much more enjoyable.

How to Get Involved

There are three ways to get involved. You can charter your own yacht, let us help you hook up with other members and sailors, or book a cabin on an OCSC Flotilla Leader’s yacht.

  • Option 1: With a small deposit (appx. 15%), you may reserve a boat with your friends or family, or reserve a boat and let us help you find crewmates. 
  • Option 2: If you want to go but need to hook up with others on the flotilla, we will help you meet some other sailors to join a boat or set up a crew.
  • Option 3: If you like the idea of learning more while you relax, consider reserving a cabin on one of the OCSC Flotilla Leader yachts. All OCSC flotilla leaders are qualified sailing instructor with years of cruising experience. They make wonderful skippers, and are perfectly willing to make the experience for you as educational as you like. In addition to your share of the charter, you have only an additional skipper fee to pay: $450 per person, double occupancy, or $900 per cabin. If you come as a single, we will work to help you find a cabin mate or you can pay for a full cabin for privacy.
Giving Back to the fragile environment we cherish

Since it’s founding, OCSC has been committed to environmental protection. We have always felt that especially since our business is built on enjoying nature, we are compelled to support organizations that work as guardians for all of us. Part of our approach has been to focus our efforts and appreciation on areas that we are privileged to visit on our bareboat flotillas.

To help this end your participation in our flotilla includes an additional contribution of $50 per person. The funds we collect are donated to an environmental protection initiative in the region we visit.

Cost of adventures and flotillas vary depending on factors like attendence, the number of people in your crew, and size of your yacht. Please inquire for trip rates and pricing.

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