Aurora Explorer Tour
Greg Dixon, 2004
We recently took a tour on a working freighter called the Aurora Explorer that works the waters North of Campbell River, British Columbia. Here are some photos and descriptions.Ann and I were looking for something special to give to my mother (the lady on the right) for her eightieth birthday and saw a short video profile of the Aurora Explorer on the Knowledge Network. We then checked the website for Marine Link Tours at http://www.marinelinktours.com for more information.
The Aurora Explorer is a 133' long working freighter that calls on fishing camps. logging camps, fish farms, villages, and other exotic settlements delivering machinery, fuel, explosives, or pretty much anything that will fit on the deck. The boat also accommodates twelve passengers interested in enjoying a unique perspective of the west coast.
The tour sounded great and we decided to book for my mother and us. However, the tour was booked for around a year in advance, so we ended booking for September the following year. Ann's birth-mother Felicity was also able to join us.
The wait was worth it!
We took the ferry to Nanaimo and drove to Menzies Bay, just North of Campbell River where we checked in and met the other passengers. Ann and I were the kids of the interesting group.
Soon we were setting off from Menzies Bay on the Aurora Explorer. The scenery was spectacular! Here is a slide show.