Spectacular fjords, mountains and wildlife are what most people think of when they hear the name Desolation Sound. On the Historic Boat Cruise to Desolation Sound with the Museum at Campbell River and Discovery Marine Safaris you will encounter all of that, and also have the opportunity to delve into the region’s rich history.
The boat tour leaves Campbell River, cruises past Quadra Island and its iconic lighthouse built in 1898. Guests will then have the opportunity to view Mitlenatch Island, a wildlife sanctuary that houses the largest seabird colony in the Strait of Georgia. It is not unusual in this area to see not only birds, but other wildlife such as sea lions and seals.
Soon you’ll be passing Hernando Island, a private island with beautiful sandy beaches, as well as the Twin Islands, which were at one time owned by German royalty.
Just north of Powell River is the community of Lund. The trip stops here at the historic Lund Hotel. Established by the Thulin Brothers in the 1890s, who would then go on to open the Willows Hotel in Campbell River, this hotel has been renovated and provides the ideal stop for lunch.
After lunch the tour heads towards Teakerne Arm and Lewis Channel. Teakerne Arm is known for the stunning Cassel Falls that is located within Teakerne Arm Provincial Park. This park is located on West Redonda Island.
After passing through the north end of Lewis Channel, you will start to return towards Campbell River, passing between Read and Cortes Islands.
Can you tell me how long this tour is and cost
The tour is approximately 5 hours and in 2016 was $165. We have not set dates and rates yet for the 2017 boat tour season.