Choose your area, choose your interests for a stimulating and informative holiday! In 2015 we are offering Coastal History Adventure tours. What you'll see and do will depend on your choice of tour but you can always count on great food, excellent service, comfortable accommodation and beautiful surroundings. We'll explore the remote areas of the BC coast while traveling with professional instructors and workshop leaders. They are sure to inspire you with their knowledge, experience and contagious enthusiasm for their field of expertise. What better way to cruise the coast than to learn and further your skills while experiencing the very channels the Columbia III has been safely plying for over 50 years.
Painting and photographing the magnificent landscape is always comfortable from the spacious covered back deck, through the large salon windows, and from the captain's bench in the wheelhouse. We are often treated to incredible displays of wildlife such as orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, bears, deer and seabirds.
"Thanks for an amazing trip It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about
the BC coast and its history. I felt I really got a sense of the First nations
presence in this area for the first time."
- Lynn, Vancouver BC 2011, 2013, 2014
Using our stable inflatable skiff for daily shore outings we can explore ancient First Nations village sites, visit remote communities accessible only by water, and investigate tide-pools and seabird nesting colonies. A hike in the rainforest or walk on a clamshell beach are enjoyable additions to a day of onboard instruction sessions on the Columbia III. You can join the group outings or relax by the fireplace with a good book. The Columbia III is always warm and cosy and awaits your return after the day's excursions.
Our Coastal History Adventures combine cruising the beautiful waters of Desolation Sound, Bute Inlet, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago with stories and tales from long ago enthusiastically told by our onboard historian.
The Columbia III is also available for charters. The possibilities are endless - celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, explore, paddle, hike and more, but one thing is certain, you'll have an excellent holiday.
"Thanks for an outstanding trip. The captain and crew were "above and beyond" to
ensure everyone was happy. Great boat, great food, in the best place in the
world. First class people running a first class operation. Highlight of the
summer. Keep it coming."
- Kevin, Vancouver BC 2005
"Thanks again to the Campbell Family. A great coastal "experience" is created
by your hospitality and an outstanding week of fun, laughter, and wildlife. You
create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. You keep the trip fun
and are the role model experience that others should aspire to. Thank-you."
- Kevin (again!), Vancouver BC 2007
Cruising Tours are 3 - 6 days long and the cost is all inclusive (meals, wine, life jackets and guiding are all included). If there are off-ship activity costs such as museum admissions or First Nations feasts they are included as well. Just bring your personal gear and settle in for a real treat!