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Canada Small Ship Cruises with AdventureSmith

Canadian cruising with AdventureSmith means a deeply engaging experience in areas that are off the beaten path. With such varied options, let us help you find and book the best small ship Canada cruise for your interests. Why book your Canada small ship cruise with AdventureSmith?

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Work with one Adventure Specialist to select, confirm & prepare to cruise Canada.

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Our Canada cruise ships are sized just right for remote adventure: all 200 or fewer guests.

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Hike, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, flightsee & seek out wild nature off your Canada ship.

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Enjoy early-booking deals & other perks with our selection of cruise ship deals in Canada.

During the Canada cruise ship ban, big cruise ship Diamond Princess shown here towering over small ship Wilderness Explorer, was unable to cruise Canada.

Canada Cruise Ship Ban:
Small Ships Exempted

From March 2020 through November 2021, the Canada cruise ship ban, or Canada no sail order, barred ships carrying more than 100 people from cruising in Canadian waters, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Large cruise ships were negatively affected, especially those intending to sail Alaska cruises via the Canadian Inside Passage. Due to their small size and U.S.-flagged status, AdventureSmith’s Alaska and Canada small cruise ships were exempt and still able to sail (learn about small ships vs big ships). With the Canada cruise ship ban over and Canada no longer requiring a COVID test for travel into the country as of April, Canada cruises in 2022 are in even higher demand. Let our team of experts keep you informed on Canada cruise logistics and help you find space on the best small ship Canada cruise for you.

A group of adventure travelers coming ashore on a British Columbia cruise in the pacific northwest.

British Columbia Cruises

Small ship cruises in the Inside Passage of Canada are distinguished by their slower, exploratory pace. Let the big Canada cruise ships motor through while you’re off hiking, paddling and Zodiac cruising in secluded coves and inlets. Where is the Inside Passage in Canada? This iconic region comprises British Columbia’s coastline, in the Pacific Ocean between Washington and Alaska. Our small ship cruises in British Columbia feature everything from National Geographic experts aboard to a focus on seeing the elusive spirit bears of Haida Gwaii and learning about First Nations culture; most also include time exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Sunset and grassy cliffs seen on a Newfoundland cruise during small ship cruises in Canadian maritimes.

Newfoundland Cruises

Newfoundland cruises by small ship offer a taste of eastern Canada that’s often overlooked by the big ships. Indulge in the culture of France’s oldest overseas territory. Learn from local guides and fishermen. Experience dazzling fjords, sandstone caves, sea arches and preserved historic sites. Consider a Newfoundland cruise that sails down from Greenland, for Arctic highlights; or check out our small ship cruises in Canadian Maritimes for a visit to Nova Scotia with its beautiful coastline and historic attractions.

“Our Canada small ship cruises seek out wilderness, culture & wildlife.”


Canada Small Ship Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 42 46 50 55 61 67 71 71 65 56 48 43
Avg. Low (F) 32 35 37 41 46 51 55 55 50 44 37 33
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 6.1 5.1 4.5 3.1 2.5 1.9 1.5 1.6 2.6 4.7 7.0 7.3

Spring & Fall Canada Cruises

Canada Small Ship cruises bookend the travel season for our popular Alaska trips and Arctic expedition trips, as ships position north and south. Catch spring blooms and wildlife migrations or vibrant fall foliage depending on what time of year you choose to cruise Canada on a small ship. Note that the climate data referenced above is for Vancouver, reflective of a British Columbia cruise; temperatures on a Newfoundland cruise along the east coast are cooler but have less average rainfall.

When Should You Plan to Cruise Canada?