British Columbia Inside Passage Sail Charters




sails in the cruising area of Desolation Sound. 


Designed by the famous yacht designer William Garden,

“IDLE HOUR” is a classic wooden ketch. Our cruising area

 is only a 2 hour passage from our charter base on Cortes Island.

The Desolation Sound  area, according to many who know, is the

most beautiful cruising area in British Columbia, equal to,

if not better than, any other area in the world. Other areas cruised

by the “Idle Hour” are the  Toba Inlet and the Princess Louisa Inlet.

Warm summer temperatures  and the meeting of the tides jointly cause

 the Desolation Sound region to enjoy the mildest climate, richest sea life

and warmest water on the British Columbia coast.

General Information

Relax on our luxurious 52 ft salty sailing yacht "Idle Hour" and let us show you the wonders

of the Canadian Pacific Northwest coast. Come whale watching, fishing and explore islands,

villages and National Marine Parks as we sail in protected coastal waters. Enjoy an

evening cocktail on deck while your crew prepares you a fantastic dinner of freshly caught

seafood. Join us for a few days or spend longer exploring the stunningly beautiful coastline of

the Great Bear Rain Forest, with its abundant wildlife and intriguing history. We offer you a

personalized sailing holiday that lets you tailor everything on your charter route.

Other adventures can also be arranged like sports fishing, diving, guided whale and bear

watching. From April to October, we are based out of Cortes Island, just off Campbell River,

Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Photos of SV Idle Hour

Pilot House

State Room

On Deck





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On the Idle Hour




The blue book registered “IDLE HOUR

can host up to two couples. The Idle hour

books one day cruises to one week


We are limited only by time and tide, so

each day we will time our travels to

make the most of the tide and strong


It may mean a few early starts,

but with breakfast prepared underway

you can just take your time.

Here are some of our favorite destinations

Chatterbox Falls


Alert Bay

Robson Bight

Wahkana Bay, Gilford Island