Join us for the exhilarating and unforgettable BC adventure vacation of your dreams! Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking Canada landscapes and warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy and delight every guest!
"Thank-you for providing one of the most wonderful ten days of my life … Never
have I seen such attention and accommodation to the customer's needs as I did on
the Columbia III."
- Pat, Pender Island BC, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013
We offer BC sea kayak tours: with fast and stable double kayaks, we explore coastal British Columbia rarely visited by other paddlers. Accompanied by qualified naturalist guides, we kayak through glacial-fed waters amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites while observing the numerous species of local marine and terrestrial wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, spirit bears, and bald eagles. After each event filled day, we return to the warmth and security of the Columbia III and begin an evening of gourmet food, conversation, laughter and relaxation.
"We are truly in awe of the experience you shared with us. The attention to
detail and the quality of care you show your guests is outstanding. Fern, the
food was incredible, kayaking will always bring back memories of the smells
coming from your galley and the camaraderie shared at the table. Ross, your love
and enthusiasm for the COLUMBIA III and Mothership Adventures always shows in
the stories and knowledge you so freely share. That the two of you have created
this to share with your family is something many of us would love to do but,
very few accomplish. Luke, your incredible outlook made even rainy days bright
and your willingness and excitement in sharing your knowledge of the area
enhanced our experience greatly. Steve, you too do such a great job of making
every day a bright day. It seems you're always there to give us a hand, often
before we even know we need it!
Thank you all for one of the best vacations we've ever had, along with the opportunity to share a week in your lives. We can't thank you enough."
- 2012 Joan and Michael Collins, Publishers, Sea Kayaker Magazine
Our kayak tours use the Columbia III as our luxurious traveling home. Our itinerary includes stunning Vancouver Island, BC destinations: the Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait and the Great Bear Rainforest.
To so deeply relax in today's world is the most luxurious feeling - and that
level of letting go is a rare thing for me. To feel so totally "held", cared for
and nurtured is afforded by a sense of mothering, - so "mothership" is a very
apt name. Without going into any further detail: Faultless, above any
expectations, outstanding. Abounding thanks to the whole team.
- Loo, Australia 2105
We also offer exceptional BC eco tours for everyone curious to learn about and explore this diverse and fascinating coast. Once again we are including our popular coastal history adventure tours. The dramas of the early settlers are retold, and the rich First Nation's history comes alive for us as we learn from our accomplished tour leader. Our sturdy skiff transports us on shore outings to view ancient totem poles, teaming tidal pools and verdant rainforests. This year, we're also bringing back our popular photography tour led by the reknowned photographer Boomer Jerritt. Best of all, we travel the coast in total comfort aboard the historic Columbia III who has faithfully plied these waters for over 50 years. Each night we'll find a new quiet anchorage or moor to a quaint coastal community dock, and always there's the great food and companionship that travelling with a small group fosters.
Be sure to read these press articles that feature our kayak and cruising tours.
Trips on the COLUMBIA III have now become a necessity rather than a passing
fancy. Thanks to the splendid crew, the wonderful chef and of course, my
esteemed Captain Ross. I will rise again and organize another venture!
- Paddy Victoria BC Whole boat charter, 2011, 2015
Our eco tours use the Columbia III as our luxurious traveling home. Our itinerary includes stunning Vancouver Island, British Columbia destinations: the Desolation Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest (Coastal History).
Certified Sea Kayak guides
· Qualified Naturalist Guides
· Deluxe Staterooms
· 10 Passenger Capacity
· Hot Showers
· Gourmet Cuisine
· 3-9 Day Tours
"Well, we came with great expectations - which were so magnificently surpassed on so many levels:
- the crew was absolutely outstanding,
- the meals were totally amazing thanks to our amazing chef,
- the skipper is hilarious! And such a wealth of local knowledge! Yay!
- The COLUMBIA III is a showpiece - nuff said.
- And then our amazing luck - bears, eagles orcas, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and breaching humpback whale (in our faces).
Trip of a lifetime! Great new friends! Pure magic! Many thanks and much appreciation."
- Jon, Holly and Chris Calgary, Alberta 2014, reserved for 2015 whilst still on board in 2014!