For the more adventurous traveler the Museum at Campbell River is offering an overnight trip to explore Telegraph Cove, Sointula and Alert Bay. The trip departs from Campbell River on Saturday afternoon with a Museum guide joining you right from the beginning to explain points of interest on the trip north. Guests check into cabins at Telegraph Cove and then are free to explore the area and have dinner. The cabins themselves are a point of interest – each of them has a story about the previous inhabitants, most of whom were employees of the sawmill that was in operation at Telegraph Cove throughout the 1930s to 1950s. They have, of course, been restored and are complete with modern conveniences.
Breakfast Sunday morning is at the Seahorse Café, at which point you board a boat to cruise over to Sointula on Malcolm Island. Sointula was a Finnish settlement and the name means “Place of Harmony” in Finnish. In 1901 they arrived with the intention of setting up a utopian socialist society. The utopian ideal may not have thrived, but the settlers remained and have built and maintained a lovely community rich in history and natural splendor. You will visit the lovely Sointula Museum at this stop. You can either catch a ride up to the Museum or take the opportunity to stretch your legs on the short walk over.
The next stop on the boat cruise is Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. Alert Bay is a remarkable aboriginal cultural destination, rich in history and cultural tradition. The highlight of this stop is a tour of the U’mista Cultural Centre and the Potlach mask collection on display there. You will also be treated to lunch at the Museum.
Mid-afternoon you will return to Telegraph Cove and board the bus back to Campbell River.