|Pilot boat returning to Port Hardy|
|Diamond Princess heading south past the mouth of Hardy Bay|
There are a number of Cruise Ships that do the Vancouver to Alaska Cruise each season. This is the Diamond Princess returning to Vancouver after just such a cruise. However a ships Pilot is required to be aboard before the large ship is allowed to make it's way through the narrow inside waters between Vancouver Island and the Mainland shore. The Pilot is placed aboard just north of Port Hardy on the Northern Tip of Vancouver Island where I live and stays with the large ship until it docks in Vancouver.