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Columbia III Historic Cruises May 24 - 28 - Discovery Islands & Bute Inlet and May 30 - June 4 - Campbell River to the Boughtons and Kingcome
Our stretch of the BC coast has some of the finest scenery in the world, but the best of it is sequestered away by a mountainous shoreline that makes it only accessible by boat. The Museum at Campbell River, in partnership with Mothership Adventures, has two multi-day tours of the region on offer in May and June aboard the beautifully restored 68 ft historic Columbia III wooden ship.
The first of these tours winds through the southern part of the Discovery Islands and up Bute Inlet, with some of the highest mountains in the province and a dramatic past. The marine parks of Desolation Sound, the Octopus Islands and Marina Island are just a few of the highlights.
The second trip runs from Campbell River to the Broughton Islands and Kingcome Inlet for a look at ancient Kwakwaka’wakw village sites, one of which has the last crumbling remains of a traditional big house and a totem pole. Here too, participants can expect unparalleled mountain scenery, waterfalls and picturesque islands and wildlife.
A museum tour guide provides background stories for the stops of interest on route, from homesteads to former canneries and townsites. And participants will meet a few contemporary “homesteaders” as well.
“This is an active trip,” says Columbia III’s skipper Ross Campbell, “our guides take people out two and three times a day for short hikes to explore old homesteads and aboriginal village sites.”
Billy Proctor of Echo Bay, a legendary contemporary resident of the Broughton Archipelago, will open his private museum for participants. “Billy’s lifestyle and knowledge of the coast is impressive,” says Campbell. He, and the mountain scenery of Kingcome Inlet, are a couple of the things people still comment on years after one of these tours.”
For details and to reserve, please call 1-888-833-8887.
Webcam! Look out onto the Discovery Passage every day, watch marine traffic and Killer Whales as they travel the waterway between Campbell River and Quadra Island, and watch the weather too! http://www.nicomm.com/museum-webcam.html