It all depends on what floats your boat, but doing my early cruising out of Vancouver,
my most favorite high latitude memories was cruising the inside passage
during the wintertime and getting to know the hardy people who lived in these remote
homestead areas. (They respect the winter cruiser and enjoy the company as this is their down time)
July 1 is a bit late to head
north from Vancouver on an extended return cruise
but as QC seems to beckon you with Ninstints, Skedans and Hotspring Islands then scratch that itch with a fairly quick passage
up the inside and depending on the weather consider a straight sail towards Rose Harbor (Ninstints) from Port Hardy.
QC truly is magical and potholing up the east coast
August and early September will bring you on to the northern coho (silvers) 27 lbs of tailwalking fish
, that is fun to catch and delicious to eat.
You will learn that the Haida worship “wind and weather” so adjust your mindset to accept the seasons and to pick your weather for open passages.
I would consider Prince Rupert as a winter base where you have all the modern support you will need, decent marina but also a myriad of protected channels to explore when the weather gives you a natural high. The locals are very friendly and a wealth of knowledge on hidden coves where you can disappear to.
Try the local smoked black Alaskan Cod and you will be in heaven as the seafood in the winter is at its very best.
In 2011, as spring arrives, you can slowly work your way up towards Prince William Sound, stopping in safe places near Ketchikan to watch the Bears catch the early runs.
See the glaciers by June/July before heading south at a pace that reflects the beauty of the Pacific Northwest