Summer 2018 Trip Dates and Routes

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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Trip Dates and Routes

TRIP 1 
June 29 to July 8
Pacific Swift
Victoria to Victoria
Route: Desolation Sound
Pacific Grace
Victoria to Victoria
Route: Desolation Sound
 
TRIP 2
 July 13 to July 22
Pacific Swift
Victoria to Port Hardy
Route: Inside Passage
Pacific Grace
Victoria to Port Hardy
Route: Inside Passage
 
TRIP 3
 July 26 to August 4
 Pacific Swift
Port Hardy to  Prince Rupert
Route: Haida Gwaii
  Pacific Grace
Port Hardy to  Haida Gwaii
Route: Great Bear Rainforest

TRIP 4

August 8 to August 17

 Pacific Swift
Prince Rupert  to  Port Hardy
Route: Great Bear Rainforest

  Pacific Grace

Haida Gwaii to Port Hardy
Route: Haida Gwaii

 
TRIP 5
August 21 to August 30

 Pacific Swift
Port Hardy to Victoria
Route: West Coast

  Pacific Grace
Port Hardy to Victoria
Route: West Coast

 

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


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.

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.


How to Register

  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 receive an email with either a TRIP OFFER or a wait-list notification within 4 weeks. 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 2018 Cost and Registration

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

   
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