“We’ve recently started our 2017 sailing season, but thanks to the incredible demand from our guests for more opportunities to join us on board Passing Cloud every season, this year we’ve released our schedule earlier than ever before,” said Captain Russell Markel, President and Founder, Outer Shores Expeditions. “The addition of the Bears of Bute itinerary in the fall of 2018 is really exciting for us as it gives our many returning guests a chance to experience yet another incredible region of the B.C. coast the Outer Shores way.”
The 2018 season begins on April 13 as the 70-foot classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud sets sail from Sidney, British Columbia on a 5-day/4-night expedition of the Southern Gulf Islands that concludes on April 17. Outer Shores Expeditions will also sail the Southern Gulf Islands from April 18-22; and 23-27.
The season continues in May with three 9-day/8-night sailings from Port McNeill from May 2-7; May 8-13; and May 14-19 exploring Northern Vancouver Island for the best killer whale, humpback whale, and marine mammal viewing opportunities on the planet.
Passing Cloud will then spend her summer on an expanded series of explorations of the extremely popular Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve with 11 departures, each 9-days/8-nights, beginning May 24-June 1, including an exclusive photography tour from June 9-17, with the final departure of the season into the legendary remote island archipelago sailing from August 13-21.
From late August to October, Captain Markel and his dynamic crew will once again return to the Great Bear Rainforest to observe, photograph, and learn about the ecosystems and iconic species of the world’s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest. Dates for the Great Bear Rainforest expeditions are Aug 26-Sept 3; Sep 4-12; Sep 13-21; and Sep 22-30, with a special photography tour from Oct 1-9.
The 2018 season concludes with the brand-new Bears of Bute 6-day/5-night itinerary with a pair of unmatched expeditions from Oct 14-19 and Oct 20-25.
About Outer Shores Expeditions
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions small groups explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and traveling aboard the 70-foot classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud.
About Russell Markel
Russell Markel has spent his life and career as a marine ecologist and mariner studying, exploring, and sailing the BC coast. Founding Outer Shores is the realization of his ambition to bring together his experience, education, and passions to create an organization that fosters education, awareness, and stewardship. During his PhD in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (also at UBC), Russell focused his research in three general areas: (1) the effects of over-fishing and over-hunting top predators on coastal ecosystems and human communities; (2) relationships between changing ocean climate and marine fish population dynamics; and (3) the design and effectiveness of marine protected areas.