Boat Tours

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

The Museum at Campbell River is once again offering its summer historic boat tours in partnership with Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours. Each trip explores the history of the region from the comfort of one of their boats that include 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.  

2022 Trip Descriptions

 

The Thurlow Islands

The Thurlow Islands are a hidden treasure.  Although sparsely inhabited today, they have a rich history featuring logging camps, forestry stations, commercial fishing, and gold mines. Stop at Blind Channel Resort for a delicious meal and a brief chat with a member of the Richter family, a family who have 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 the exclusive Dent Island Lodge.

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.  

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.  

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 some of the other stories this unique island has to tell.  

Quadra Island

The largest of the Discovery Islands, Quadra has a long history of human habitation.  Hear some of the many colourful stories of the people who have called this island home as you navigate through the many tidal rapids and reefs surrounding the island.   

Members get an 8% discount on boat tours!  Please note, discount applies only to members, not for groups.  Select the member ticket at check out.

If the trip you want is full, please call us at 250-287-3103 to be added to the wait list. More spaces are sometimes added on short notice dependent on weather conditions.

We require 7 days notice of cancellation, or a $60 cancellation fee will be charged.

Date Time Destination Price
May 15 1:30pm - 5:30pm Circumnavigation of Quadra Island $195
May 22 1:30pm - 5:30pm Desolation Sound $195
May 29 1:30pm - 5:30pm Redonda Islands and Waddington Channel $195
June 5 12:30pm - 5:30pm Thurlow Islands - Lunch at Blind Channel Resort $250
June 12 1:30pm - 6:30pm Desolation Sound $210
June 19 3pm - 8pm Thurlow Islands - Solstice Dinner at Blind Channel Resort $280
June 26 11:30am - 4:30pm Sonora Island - Lunch at Dent Island Lodge $245
July 3 12:30pm - 4:30pm Desolation Sound $195
July 10 3pm - 8pm Thurlow Islands - Dinner at Blind Channel Resort $280
July 17 12:30pm - 5:30pm Sonora Island - Afternoon tea at Dent Island Lodge $220
July 24 8am - 12pm Desolation Sound $195
July 30 8am - 12pm Desolation Sound $195
Aug. 7 8am - 12pm Redonda Islands and Waddington Channel $195
Aug. 14 12:30pm - 5:30pm Thurlow Islands - Lunch at Blind Channel Resort $250
Aug. 20 8am - 12pm Circumnavigation of Cortes Island $195
August 28 8am - 12pm Desolation Sound $195

*Prices are per person plus GST. Beverages at Meals are not included. All passengers will meet 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.

 

May to August 2022

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 Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours.  Each trip explores the history of the region from the comfort of their boats 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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