Boat Tours

Join us on the water next summer to explore our region’s history!

Please note, due to the COVID-19 situation we have had to cancel all of our trips for 2020.  The schedule below is for 2021.

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The Museum at Campbell River is once again offering its summer historic boat tours in partnership with Discovery Marine Safaris. Each trip explores the history of the region from the comfort of a 30-passenger boat that includes both indoor and outdoor seating areas, and an on board washroom. As well as an experienced Captain, there is an on board naturalist who is constantly on the lookout for wildlife to point out, and a Museum Guide to share historic points of interest.  

2021 Trip Descriptions

 

 The Thurlow Islands

The Thurlow Islands are a hidden treasure in the wilderness.  Although sparsely inhabited, they have a rich history of steam donkeys, float houses, logging camps, gold mines and tidal rapids.  Stop at Blind Channel Resort with a brief chat with a member of the Richter family, a family who has been living on West Thurlow Island for several generations. 

Sonora Island

Cruising past Quadra, Read, Maurelle, and Stuart Islands to reach Sonora Island, you will experience the area’s notorious tidal rapids, and hear tales from the past of many landmarks along the way.  Stop in at Dent Island Lodge and enjoy a gourmet lunch with a stunning view.  *Special this year: Join us for a gourmet Solstice dinner at Dent Island Lodge on June 21!*

Desolation Sound

Experience the myriad bays and inter-connected coves nestled among the small islands of Desolation Sound.  Take in the rugged beauty of the backdrop of the coastal mountains.  Trip includes visits to the peaceful lagoon and picturesque falls at Teakerne Arm, and to Prideaux Haven, one of the most popular boating anchorages in the region.  Pack your own lunch for an on-board picnic.

Redonda Islands & Waddington Channel

Heather Harbord, author of Desolation Sound, referred to West Redonda as the “Social Centre of the Sound.” West Redonda had two settlements – Refuge Cove and Redonda Bay.  Of the two, Refuge Cove has always been bigger, and today is still a hive of activity, at least in the summer months with its charming and eclectic community.  East and West Redonda are known for their topography – their towering peaks and some of the deepest waters of the passage.  Bring your own lunch for an on-board picnic.

Cortes Island

Whaletown on Cortes Island received its name from a whaling station located there in the late 1800s.  Hear about the impacts of this station, and find out about historic First Nations whaling practices in the region.  While we circumnavigate the island you will also learn about the other stories this unique island has to tell.  Pack your own lunch for an on-board picnic.

Online booking is currently disabled, but will be available in 2021. Members get a discount on boat tours, if you’re a member please login with the username and password you received when you initially signed up.

Date Time Destination Price
May 23 8am - noon Desolation Sound - Coffee Stop at Refuge Cove $180
May 30 8am - noon Redonda Islands - Waddington Channel $170
June 6 1pm - 6pm Sonora Island - Coffee Stop at Dent Island? $195
June 13 1pm - 6pm Desolation Sound - Lunch at Refuge Cove $210
June 20 3pm - 8pm Solstice Dinner at Dent Island Lodge $260
June 27 1pm - 6pm Thurlow Islands - Lunch at Blind Channel $220
July 4 8am - noon Desolation Sound $170
July 11 3pm - 8pm Thurlow Islands - Dinner at Blind Channel $245
July 18 1pm - 6pm Desolation Sound - Lunch at Refuge Cove $210
July 25 8am - noon Circumnavigation of Cortes Island $170
Aug. 1st 8am - noon Desolation Sound $170
Aug. 8 8am - noon Redonda Islands - Waddington Channel $170
Aug. 15 1pm - 6pm Thurlow Islands - Lunch at Blind Channel $220
Aug 22 8am - noon Circumnavigation of Cortes Island $170
Aug. 29 8am - noon Desolation Sound $170

*Prices are per person plus GST. Beverages at Meals are not included. All passengers will meet at Discovery Marine Safaris’ new office at 104-909 Island Highway at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.

 

May to August 2021

Book early to reserve your spot

Historic Boat Tours

The Museum at Campbell River will once again offer its summer historic boat tours in partnership with Discovery Marine Safaris.  Each trip explores the history of the region from the comfort of a 30-passenger boat that includes both indoor and outdoor seating areas, and an on board washroom.  As well as an experienced Captain, there is an on board naturalist who is constantly on the lookout for wildlife to point out, and a Museum Guide to share historic points of interest.

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