Swell is an 80ft tug boat that accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 double cabins, all with private bathrooms offering passengers remote access into Canada's rugged wilderness.

Built in 1912 for service in the Victoria Tug and Barge Company, she is a well-known and popular boat on the British Columbian coast.

Since her refit in 2004, today, Swell provides a very comfortable passenger expedition ship. The large wooden panelled lounge is a lovely quiet area to relax with a drink or book. There is a hot tub on the upper deck as well as kayaks, fishing gear and state of the art equipment such as hydrophones. All cabins have opening windows.

Why we like It

Firstly, Swell offers something incredibly hard to find –  private en-suite cabins on an authentic historic tugboat.  The combination of a rugged expedition vessel with the comforts of the cabins, a hot tub and a gourmet chef is a unique mix.

Secondly, the crew on board Swell have access permits for the very best wildlife viewing areas and special cultural sites, which are not easy to come by. 

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