Historic Boat Tours

Our Hours:

Summer (May 18 - Sept 30)
Daily : 10am - 5pm

Winter (Oct. 1 - May 17)
Tuesday - Sunday : 12pm - 5pm

 

 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 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.   

For trip descriptions and all the information you will need, see our 2019 Boat Tour brochure!

Book early to reserve your spot by calling 250-287-3103.

Date

Departure Time

Tour

Price

 May 19

 3 pm

 Quadra Island

 $195

 May 26

 3 pm

 The Thurlow Islands

 $195

 June 2

 11 am

 Sonora Island

 $195

 June 9

 11 am

 Desolation Sound

 $160

 June 16

 11 am

 Sonora Island

 $195

 June 23

 11 am

 West Redonda Island

 $160

 June 30

 11 am

 Sonora Island

 $195

 July 7

 3 pm

 Quadra Island

 $195

 July 14

 11 am

 Cortes Island & Whaling History

 $160

 July 21

 12:30 pm

 Desolation Sound

 $160

 July 28

 8:30 am

 Desolation Sound

 $160

 August 4

 12:30 pm

 West Redonda Island

 $160

 August 11

 8:30 am

 Cortes Island & Whaling History

 $160

 August 18

 12:30 pm

 Desolation Sound

 $160

 August 25

 8:30 am

 West Redonda Island

 $160

 

 























Prices are per person plus GST.  Beverages at Meals are not included.  All passengers will meet at Discovery Marine Safaris office at 760 Island Highway the morning of the trip at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.


 

TRIP DESCRIPTIONS 

Quadra Island

 $195, May 19 & July 7

Long before settlers arrived in Campbell River, Quadra Island was a hub of activity with schools, a post office, a hotel and more.  Hear stories of the colourful characters who inhabited this island.  This early evening cruise includes an appetizer stop at the Heriot Bay Inn, a historic hotel known for its colourful past and the ghosts in its hallways.

 

 The Thurlow Islands

 $195, May 26

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.  This trip includes a light meal 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

$195, June 2, 16 & 30

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.  Book early – this trip is a favourite!

 

Desolation Sound

$160, June 9, July 21 & 28, August 18

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.

 

West Redonda & Refuge Cove

$160, June 23, August 4 & 25

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 & Whaling History

$160, July 14, August 11

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.