2019 Slowboat Flotillas

We’re super excited about our 2019 flotilla schedule! We’re doing things slightly differently than in past years. We’ll still have a northbound trip from the San Juans to Southeast Alaska and a trip down the west side of Vancouver Island, but we also have several new trips that will explore additional areas of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. These trips focus on out-of-the-way places that even many seasoned Inside Passage cruisers haven’t visited. Remote and wild places like the west coast of Chichagof Island (north of Sitka), Coronation Island (west of Craig), and the west coast of Pitt Island (south of Prince Rupert). 

Kayaking with the icebergs, Le Conte Glacier

Slowboat flotillas are designed to be inspiring and empowering! Our goal is to visit the best destinations in the area, share our knowledge, and help participants become capable, confident cruisers. We like to have fun too! Most days have ample free time for fishing, kayaking, exploring by dinghy, or hiking on shore.

Sow and cubs in Misty Fjords

Our itineraries have enough flexibility to take advantage of spur-of-the-moment opportunities or the smoothest weather. In the evenings, we typically gather for happy hour or dinner on one of the lead boats, discuss the day, and plan for the next day. Throughout the trip, we’re happy to help however we can…whether that means helping you learn to fly a drone or replace a macerator (one is a lot more fun than the other!).

Happy hour on the dock at Shoal Bay BC

Slowboat flotilla participants love the experience! Many clients cruise with us summer after summer, while they enjoy learning about cruising in the PNW, socializing with new friends, and exploring our amazing cruising area. Read testimonials from past Slowboat cruisers by clicking here.

Humpbacks bubble-net feeding outside Tenakee Inlet
Main Street in Tenakee Springs

Read day-by-day accounts of previous flotillas by clicking these links. Warning, the pictures and stories might distract you for many hours!
2017 Slowboat Flotilla to Alaska
2018 Slowboat Flotilla to Alaska
2018 Slowboat West Coast Vancouver Island Flotilla
2018 Slowboat Around Vancouver Island Flotilla

Leg 1: Roche Harbor to Sitka | May 4 to June 7 | Maximum 5 boats

Nordhavn 40 heading in Endicott Arm

A month on the Inside Passage! We’ll make a quick trip north to Port McNeill, where we’ll re-provision and then head to the remote and magical wilderness north of Vancouver Island. We’ll visit sandy beaches, ghost towns, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and more!

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Leg 2: Sitka to Juneau | June 12 to June 23 | Maximum 5 boats

Boardwalk, Pelican, AK

We plan to go outside Chichagof Island if the weather cooperates! This is a wonderful, remote section of the coast with only a few brief forays into the ocean. We’ll visit Radioville, Klag Bay, and the village of Pelican. We’ll traverse the whale-rich waters of Icy Strait, just outside of Glacier Bay.

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Leg 3: Juneau to Ketchikan | July 4 to July 20 | Maximum 5 boats

Ford’s Terror anchorage, west arm
The rugged coast of Coronation Island

Southbound from Juneau, we’ll first visit magnificent Ford’s Terror and Dawes Glacier. Then we’ll venture off the beaten path, visiting several anchorages along the southern portion of Chatham Strait on the way to desolate Coronation Island. After a stop in Craig to re-provision, we’ll continue south along the remote-but-protected west coast of Prince of Wales Island and then north towards Ketchikan in Clarence Strait. 

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Leg 4: Ketchikan to Port McNeill | July 24 to August 8 | Maximum 5 boats

Walker Bay, Misty Fjords
Breaching humpback in Behm Canal

After departing Ketchikan, we’ll take a lap of Revillagigedo Island, visiting famous Misty Fjords National Monument. Then we’ll head south across Dixon Entrance into British Columbia. Instead of taking the “highway” route through Grenville Channel, we’ll take the more remote but still well-protected “outside of the inside” route along the west coast of Pitt Island. 

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Leg 5: Port McNeill to Victoria | August 15 to September 11 | Maximum 4 boats

Sunset in Effingham Bay
Robbers Passage

The West Coast of Vancouver Island! We’ve extended the trip slightly since last year, leaving more time to explore each of the five sounds on the west side of Vancouver Island!

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