Coastal British Columbia has a rich and interesting history. Cannery workers, explorers as well as settlers have their impact on the life of coastal locations. While exploring the coast you’ll manage to dig deeper into the history of native populations.
About The Aurora Explorer Canadian Coastal Freighter
Your Cruise On The Aurora Explorer
Far & Away Adventures is committed to the best possible customer experience when you book passage on the Aurora Explorer. Once you arrive to the base, you’ll receive a good welcome! Your bags will be collected from your vehicle and loaded onto the ship. Then, you will be briefed with more details on the route and provide you with safety tips.
The ship’s base is located at Menzies Bay. This is the place where the voyage begins. This base is about 15 km north of Campbell River, BC, Canada.
The Aurora Explorer is capable of transporting 12 passengers and fully equipped to provide them with everything they need during a trip. The ship has the observation desk that makes it possible for travelers to observe rugged islands.
You’ll definitely like food served during a trip. Meals prepared by the ship’s cook are delicious and portions are generous. You won’t feel hungry during a trip!
It’s worth noting that every time the route is different. The route depends on cargo and shipment deliveries ordered by other companies and locations where a ship needs to stop during a cruise voyage.
These marine tours are available from May to October. During the cruise of coastal British Columbia, you’ll get an opportunity to try something new, discover remote locations that only a few people visit and, most importantly, experience a unique travel experience!
Route 1 - Broughton Island Archipelago Area
Your route will go through the numerous channels and islands that form the Broughton Archipelago. Plus, you’ll be able to see Chatham Channel as well as pass Minstrel Island on your way.
The route mainly depends on freight deliveries. Actually, the route will be created based on freight available at the time of sailing.
During the tour, the ship may stop in such places as Knight Inlet, Kingcome Inlet, Wakeman Sound, Mackenzie Sound and Drury Inlet.
Route 2 - Discovery Islands
If you choose to travel in March, April or May you must be prepared to experience some small inconveniences. The weather is cooler in this time of the year. On the other hand, you’ll not have to deal with bugs. Snowcaps and waterfalls are particularly beautiful in the spring.
Would you like to enjoy the colors of autumn? If so, take a boat tour in October. However, the weather can be cold.
The Aurora Explorer is a 135 foot landing craft with all the necessary facilities. The ship’s base is located in Menzies Bay near Campbell River where all cruises start and finish.
The ship is capable of transferring 12 passengers as well as 6 crew members. It’s important to know that the craft’s passenger accommodations were upgraded in winter 2012/13. Nowadays, the Aurora Explorer offers 1 stateroom with bunk-beds and 5 staterooms in twin bed configurations.
It’s fair to say that the Aurora Explorer has been built with passenger comfort in mind. Accommodations are comfortable. The ship comes with an upper lounge and lower lounge where passengers can enjoy beautiful views of the sea. The ship also has a library where passengers can learn the history of coastal B.C. Passengers can also take advantage of a satellite telephone and cellular connection.
It’s important to note that the Aurora Explorer is a working freight boat, but not a luxurious craft. So, passengers must be prepared for some kind of inconveniences and restrictions. There are no elevators on the ship. Passengers use two steep stairways. Smoking is allowed only in certain areas of the vessel. Some passengers find it difficult to sleep at the beginning of a trip because of ship’s operational noise and vibration.
Passengers can enjoy the sunshine and breathe salt air on ship’s outdoor observation desk and lounge areas. During the trip, the ship can stop to catch fish (such as halibut, groundfish or salmon) or fresh prawns. Sometimes, the ship’s cook prepares crabs for passengers.
Become part of an actual working freight vessel. Experience the ambiance of small group cruising. The Aurora Explorer can carry up to 12 passengers and a crew of six. Listen as the crew works the radio telephones or navigates the ship by radar. Watch as heavy equipment rolls on board and see freight of all types discharged at the many stops along the way.
Savour the history and influence of the early explorers, settlers, cannery workers and native populations as you pass such places as Bute Inlet, Hernando Island, Hole-in-the-Wall, Yucalta Rapids, Waddington Harbour, Sullivan Bay, Kingcome Inlet, Deep Sea Bluff, Echo Bay, Broughton Archipelago, Yorke Island, Chatham Channel, Burial Cove and the Homathko Icefield.
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