True North Tug Tours


  • Open: Year-Round
  • Contact: Deb McVittie/Jaimie McVittie
  • Address: DOCK “A” at Ford Cove Harbour


Join Captain Drew for a chartered tour on the beautifully refurbished 1962 tugboat, La Fille, to explore the Salish Sea and the creatures that call her home. Our friendly deckhands will make sure you have a wonderful time aboard.

We offer sightseeing tours and private charters departing from Ford Cove Harbour on magical Hornby Island. (Deep Bay pick up also an option)


Refreshments will be available for purchase on board and catering by Chef Jaimie can be arranged in advance. We are partnering with many island providers to offer you a delicious selection of locally produced food and beverages.


Create your own themed charter – pirates anyone? Choose a warm swimming spot off the Helliwell bluffs for your group or take them to Tribune Bay, enjoy the sea lions and marine birds, do a little jigging to try your hand at catching a lovely ling cod – we’re happy to help you tailor your unique cruise.

As well as our local beverage and food options onboard you are welcome to bring your own refreshments to enjoy. A fridge and freezer are available for your use while on board.

You might also want to consider custom catering by Chef Jaimie.


Enjoy a delicious picnic box, fabulous charcuterie platters, a selection of dips or a custom spread of your choice created by Chef Jaimie who is proud to be partnering with island farmers and producers.



Check our website for availability

Enjoy a delightful cruise with other guests on La Fille, our vintage renovated tug,  as you take in the beautiful sights of Hornby Island from the water including the spectacular Helliwell Bluffs and Chrome Island Lighthouse.

If you choose our 3 hour afternoon cruise make sure to bring your bathing suit and towel if you’d like to have a dip in the salty sea.

10:00am – 12:00pm $95 per person

1:00pm – 4:00pm $125 per person

PRIVATE CHARTERS – Available year round

Get together with a group of your friends, family or co-workers for a private tug boat tour.
Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings or just a wonderful way to get away from it all with your favourite crew.

Our charters leave from Ford Cove – pick up in Deep Bay is also available (additional charge)
2 – 8 hours

Up to 10 people: $395/hour
11 to 22 people: $495/hour