West Coast Launch Ltd. is a family owned and operated marine transportation business servicing Northern British Columbia. The company was founded by Captain Doug Davis in 1988 when he saw the need for a safe and reliable marine transportation company to service Prince Rupert and the surrounding areas. As a local to the area, Doug was able to quickly grow West Coast Launch by offering passenger and freight transportation via water taxi to many of the remote areas on the North Coast. Working closely with the BC Pilotage and local marine agencies, West Coast Launch became the primary water taxi provider for all of the inbound and outbound freighters destined for the Ridley Island Coal and Prince Rupert Grain terminals.
Working up and down the North Coast, Doug fell in love with the remarkable wildlife in the area and wanted to share this beauty to the world. In 1994 Doug started up a marine tourism business, Prince Rupert Adventure Tours, to showcase the amazing wildlife and scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Prince Rupert Adventure Tours currently offers grizzly bear and whale watching tours on its 100-passenger catamaran, the Inside Passage. For more information on our tours please visit www.adventuretours.net.
Today, West Coast Launch and Prince Rupert Adventure Tours work together to offer the North Coast a wide range of professional marine transportation services. With a modern fleet of eight high-quality vessels strategically situated in both Prince Rupert and Kitimat the company is equipped to better service the expanding terminals on the North Coast. West Coast Launch is proud to be a locally owned business that has been servicing the North Coast for over 30 years.