Summer Trips 2017

Explore the spectacular coast of British Columbia as crew of a traditional tall ship!

Discover amazing places, people and adventures aboard the 111' topsail schooner Pacific Swift or the 138’ gaff rigged schooner Pacific Grace.

Formal sailing instruction is provided and no previous experience is necessary. Trips ashore to remote beaches and marine parks, swimming in freshwater lakes and waterfalls, games and exploring are just a few of the things that make up life aboard our tall ships.

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Summer 2017 Trip Dates and Routes

July 1 to July 10
Pacific Swift
Victoria to Victoria
Route: Desolation Sound
Pacific Grace
Victoria to Victoria
Route: Desolation Sound
 July 15 to July 24
Pacific Swift
Victoria to Port Hardy
Route: Inside Passage
Pacific Grace
Victoria to Port Hardy
Route: Inside Passage
Trip 3
 July 28 to August 6

A few berths have opened up!
Call or email for more info!
 Pacific Swift
Port Hardy to  Prince Rupert
Route: Haida Gwaii
  Pacific Grace
Port Hardy to  Skidegate
Route: Great Bear Rainforest

Trip 4

August 10 to August 19
Wait list being taken for you spontaneous types!

 Pacific Swift
Prince Rupert to  Port Hardy
Route: Great Bear Rainforest
  Pacific Grace
Skidegate to Skidegate
Route: Haida Gwaii
Trip 5
 August 23 to September 1

Wait list being never know!
 Pacific Swift
Port Hardy to Victoria
Route: West Coast
  Pacific Grace
Skidegate to Victoria
Route: West Coast

SALTS acknowledges the hospitality of many First Nations as we travel in their traditional territories.



All summer trips are 10 days and include meals, sail training materials, park fees and taxes. Trip fees do not include travel to or from the boarding or disembarking location and trainees must make their own travel arrangements.

New this year -  A registration fee of $150 will be  required once the online registration or "Trip Request" is submitted. If we are not able to offer you a trip in our Summer 2017 season or if you withdraw before you receive a trip offer, your registration fee will be refunded. Withdrawals must be received in writing prior to us sending a trip offer.

Summer 2017  Total Fee $1965.00

Registration Fee: $150.00
Payable with all registrations, with or without a bursary. The registration fee is Non-refundable once you receive a trip offer.
Trip Fee : $1815.00  (less with a bursary!)
Prior to April 1st the trip fee for new registrations may be divided into three equal payments.  After April 1st all trip fees paid are non-refundable.

Registration Fee
 Within 3 days of trip offer
(for registrations received prior to April 24th)
Balance Payment

 Due by May 1, 2017
Registrations after June 1st
Due within 2 days of trip offer
(or sooner within 2 weeks of trip)


The SALTS bursary program is funded by generous donors who want to see every young person have the opportunity to experience one of these life changing voyages. SALTS distributed over $120,000 of funding in 2016 with the majority awarded to summer trainees! You can request a bursary application when you fill out your online registration Trip Request.


When and How to Sign Up 

The first step of the registration process is the online TRIP REQUEST where you will be able to indicate up to 10 trip choices in order of preference (of 5 trips on each ship). Payment of the registration fee will be required following submission of the TRIP REQUEST.

You will soon receive an email with either a TRIP OFFER or a wait-list notification. Trip offers will include a unique link to your Trip Payment Form and Trainee Profile Form.

Before registering, please review our Physical and Mental Health Policy.

  Summer 2017 Registration

Travel Information

SALTS does not arrange travel or accommodation prior to or following trips but does provide travel tips and resources such as an email "Travel Loop" for those who would like to connect and share travel plans or carpool. Keep in mind that there will be 30-60 other SALTS participants heading to and from the same location so trainees seldom travel alone!

Please be aware that airline, bus and ferry schedules are subject to change without notice .  Boarding and disembarking times at the northern locations has been adjusted to accommodate as many same day arrivals as possible.

Life Aboard Ship

Life Aboard Ship: Each trainee aboard is assigned a bunk and a watch group. As a member of that watch, you will take part in all aspects of life aboard: raising and lowering sails, galley work, bosun's chores, steering the ship and anchor watch at night. In addition to being trained as crew aboard a large sailing vessel, trainees will be instructed in the following skills:
  • chart work and navigation
  • rope work and knots
  • theory of sailing and rules of the road
  • history of sailing and small boat handling
While off watch, time is available for individual pastimes such as swimming, using the rope swing, wildlife viewing, and climbing the ship's rigging. Delicious homemade meals are prepared on board by the ship's cook. Most special dietary requests can be accommodated with advance notice. Trainees row ashore in our traditional dories for beach combing adventures, wide games, hiking, and exploring in marine parks along the way. Evening 'mug-up' includes lively games, singing, stories and tasty treats.
People sometimes say there is one summer that changes you and you remember it for the rest of your life.  SALTS made this summer that for me.  This trip was the best experience of my life.
Summer 2015 Trainee

Meet the Crew