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 SwiftSALTS Promotional Video 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.


Summer 2017 Trip Routes


Trip 1

July 1 to July 10
Pacific Swift


Desolation Sound
Pacific Grace

Trip 2

July 15 to July 24
Pacific Swift

Port Hardy

Inside Passage
Pacific Grace

Trip 3

July 28 to August 6
Pacific Swift Port Hardy Prince Rupert Haida Gwaii
Pacific Grace Port Hardy Skidegate Great Bear Rainforest

Trip 4

August 10 to August 19
Pacific Swift Prince Rupert Port Hardy Great Bear Rainforest
Pacific Grace Skidegate Skidegate Haida Gwaii

Trip 5

Aug 23 to September 1
Pacific Swift Port Hardy

West Coast
Pacific Grace Skidegate

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! Trip fees are scheduled in three equal payments. 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.

F e e


(less with a bursary!)*

  S u m m e r    2 0 1 7               Terms

Registration Fee


Payable with all registrations, with or without a bursary

Non-refundable once you receive a trip offer

 Trip Fees


May be divided into equal payments of $605 




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.

Within a few weeks you will receive an email with either a TRIP OFFER or a wait-list notification. Trip offers will include a unique link to your Trainee Profile Form which must be submitted within 10 days, along with your first trip payment of $605.

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

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! Boarding and disembarking times at the northern locations have been arranged to enable as many same day arrivals and departures as possible.

Please be aware that airline, bus and ferry schedules are updated periodically and are subject to change without notice. It is the trainee's responsibility to be aware of the policies of and any changes made by the transportation or accommodation providers they do business with.

Life Aboard Ship

Life Aboard Ship: Photo by Jose LarochelleEach 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

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