We had a few special cruises this fall and early winter.
Our first was a book launching party for our favourite historian, Jeanette Taylor. Jeanette leads a tour (or two) aboard the Columbia III each year and the combination of her expertise and personal charm, the heritage ambience of the boat and the rich history of the BC coast are extremely popular. We have had up to 70! people on the waiting list for some of Jeanette’s multi-day cruises.
As Jeanette has toured with us she has, of course, been researching her favourite area, the Discovery Islands. So it was only natural that she produce another book on this area. “Tidal Passages” was published this fall to popular acclaim, and we wanted to be part of the celebration. We provided the boat and Jeanette “treated” a boat load of guests who had been particularly helpful in her research and publication. The weather great for a local cruise and two old timers had an unexpected reunion. They hadn’t seen each other for more than 40 years!
Jeanette with her new book. Guess what! We even have a signed copy on board now!
Most of our guests had personal experiences of the Columbia III from their earlier days on the BC coast. Many families were in the logging and fishing industries when the boat still plied the local waters as a hospital/mission ship. Her name still carries a bounty of good will to this day!
Seen below here is Tavish, our son, with a wheelhouse full of guys happy to reminisce and spend some quality time on the water again.
And for the third year in a row, we ran our “Christmas Tea and Cruise” tours of the Discovery Passage area. A small donation got you on board for all the tea, coffee and homemade cookies you could eat and drink. The Campbell River Museum helped with the arrangements and they had to turn many people away. We did two tours with 22 guests each but I think we need to run more tours next year! We were especially lucky to see a group of transient killer whales right in front of Campbell River Harbour.