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Coastal History Adventures with Jeanette Taylor

(These are non-kayaking tours)

Jeanette in Kingcome Inlet on board Columbia III for a history cruise
Quadra Island historian and author Jeanette Taylor will take you back in time with stories about aboriginal villages, homesteads and settlements. Jeanette has been with Mothership Adventures since 2006, taking our guests to remote coastal areas only accessible by boat. Her infectious enthusiasm for the beauty and history of the region, and her passion for storytelling, make these tours perennial favourites. She'll introduce you to the people of the coast, past and present, on daily shore excursions by zodiac. Our guides are also on hand, to share their knowledge of birds, plants and animals.

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We have two history tours on offer with Jeanette:

Bute Inlet, Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands

There's a photogenic scene at every turn as we wind through the tightly packed Discovery Islands archipelago to cruise up Bute Inlet, home to some of the province's highest peaks. This is a four-night trip, leaving from and returning to Campbell River, BC. The drama of Bute Inlet is a highlight, as are the clustered islands of Desolation Sound Marine Park, the bird sanctuary on Mitlenatch Island and the Octopus Islands Marine Park. We go ashore daily for short hikes to jewel-like islands, aboriginal rock art sites, and homesteads.

This cruise departs from Campbell River (directions/planning).

Broughton Archipelago and Kingcome Inlet

The Columbia III heads north from Campbell River for a five-night cruise to the Broughton Archipelago, famed for its whale populations and rich marine life. We stop at deserted aboriginal villages like Mimquimlees, with its remnants of a traditional 'bighouse' and a totem pole. Guides show us the reoccupied village of Tasadzis'nukwame, and we visit charming homesteads of the past and present. The mountains of Kingcome Inlet, the many archaeological sites, and meeting coastal legends like Billy Proctor of Echo Bay are memorable. A shuttle bus returns you from Port McNeill to Campbell River.

This cruise departs from Campbell River (directions/planning).

Comments from our past Coastal History Adventures:


" Thank you for another marvelous adventures: food sights, stories, history and whales."
- Bill and Alaine, Vancouver Island, B.C. 2017, 2018, and booked for another tour later in 2018!

" Thank you to the Campbell Family for your care of the COLUMBIA III. Your love of the coast is evident everywhere - in your boat, your excursions, your guides and in your respect for both the settler and First Nations culture and history. Thank you for your gift. See you next year."
- Jackie, Vancouver Island, B.C.


" My last entry said, "Hope to see you next year" and here I am! A different trip form last year but equally wonderful! Hard to say what's better, the crew or what they showed us. Both the best I guess! Next a kayaking trip"
- Mikell, Denman Island British Columbia, 2015, 2016

" Another amazing journey. Thank you to Jeanette for sharing your endless knowledge and passion of the local culture. Farlyn and Steve, great skippering aboard both vessels! Fern, thank you for including me. I shall always remember these days."
- Jane, Victoria, British Columbia

" What a great opportunity to learn the history of the Discovery Islands. Enjoyed every minute and great food. Looking forward to next time!"
- Donna, Cobble Hill, British Columbia


" This trip surpassed all my expectations and they were HIGH! Thanks to a stellar-special crew and all they gave us. I will ever forget it and I hope to see you next year."
- Mikell, British Columbia

" I loved everything about this amazing adventure. Thank you for creating such a wonderful tour of the ancient, natural, modern and culinary worlds of the BC Coast. Great crew and guides."
- Kippy, Washington, USA

" WOW! The scenery, the history, the people and the food! What an experience. One for the bucket list!"
- Bruce and Debbie British Columbia Canada


" The trip far exceeded any expectations I had. What a privilege to be able to learn out our country's history, a hidden history. Thanks to Linda, I am much more aware of what I see around me. I shall take my newly learned info and expand on it as a basis for knowing ourselves and our land. Thank you for sharing your lives with us! The food was fantastic! What a great place this is - and we live here... We can embrace it with more reverence and respect now. "
Enise, Duncan BC 2014

" This is a trip of a lifetime for me. It has fulfilled everything I hoped to see and learn. Linda's knowledge has added an extra dimension to the trip and she has been generous in sharing her passion! Thank-you to Fern, Ross and Miray for sharing their lives and friends with us. Your boat is wonderful, the food excellent, the company enjoyable. I now have a greater knowledge of my own part of the coast and its people! "
Susan, Comox BC 2014


" This was wonderful! We have a new appreciation of the history and stories to be found in our own backyard. We have been passing by many of the places we have stopped without really knowing anything about them. We will try and explore on our own, but we will never be able to replicate this trip. Thank you so much. "
Elizabeth and Clay Vancouver British Columbia

" It was so wonderful in every way. Absolutely loved it - cannot say enough positives . . . Thank you, thank you, each of you. Love, "
Nora and Katie and Jim, Ontario, Canada


"From us to you, our many warm thank-yous for a fabulous journey to the past and a smooth sail through the present."
Judith and Paul, B.C.

"A perfect cruise to one of the best places in the world with a crew that exceeds all expectations."
Alison and Vinay, B.C.

"Just a super trip all around. The food, the places visited… We would not hesitate to recommend your beautiful ship and hospitality to anyone. Thank you all so much."
Wayne and Ruby, B.C.

"The experience was totally superb in all ways. The places we visited, the smooth sail, the food that was always a 10, and the generosity all around."
Lesia, B.C.

Quadra Story
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Tidal Passages

Jeanette has worked as a historian for over 20 years, in the BC Archives and the Campbell River Museum. She is the author of River City, A History of Campbell River (1999) Tidal Passages, A History of the Discovery Islands (2008), and the newly released The Quadra Story, A History of Quadra Island (2009).

"Sometimes, a book of local history is much more than that--it is a labour of love as well. That's the case with Tidal Passages, a product of three decades of research by Jeanette Taylor.... She gathered everything into a fascinating island-by-island history that is not only trustworthy, it is highly readable to boot. It's a superb effort, and the reader is left with the sense that Taylor could have filled 1,000 pages with all of the material that she has collected.... It is a valuable addition to any library of B.C. coastal history, and its appeal will not be limited to people with roots on the islands."
--Dave Obee, Times Colonist

2019 Coastal History Adventures with Jeanette Taylor
May 21 - 25 Bute Inlet, Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands4 nights$1,995.00 CDNregister button
Broughton Archipelago and Kingcome InletTo Be Announced

Trip size limited to 8-10 participants. Our trips are all inclusive from the point of departure. Trip prices are per person in Canadian dollars plus 5% G.S.T. Other currencies are listed for convenience. Exchange rates are updated every hour.