Just wanted to thank you and the crew for such a wonderful Mystery Cruise in May. The crew was great, the other passengers friendly, and your chef, Shannon was fabulous. I hope to do this again sometime. Great trip!
M.V. Aurora Explorer 2018 - Now Available! 2017-85% Sold
After departing Menzies Bay, the Aurora Explorer makes her way north through Seymour Narrows, Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait calling at isolated villages and camps along the way. Passengers enjoy spectacular scenery and unparalleled wildlife viewing that often includes porpoises, whales, seals, sea lions and eagles. This route takes us through Chatham Channel, past Minstrel Island, and into the endless maze of channels and islands that form the Broughton Archipelago. With freight opportunities dictating our actual “ports of call”, the Aurora Explorer often travels deep into the coastal fjords, branching off from the Broughton Archipelago into Knight Inlet, Kingcome Inlet, Wakeman Sound, Mackenzie Sound and Drury Inlet to complete her freight deliveries. Knight Inlet, the longest and most spectacular of all of our coastal fjords, represents all that is majestic about coastal British Columbia. Whenever freight volumes allow, traveling past Cascade Head (where a waterfall plunges over 800 feet directly into the ocean), passengers are given the opportunity to view towering granite cliffs rising directly from the shore into magnificent hanging valleys with 4000 metre peaks forming a snowcapped backdrop. With patience and keen observation, mountain goats may be seen on the granite ledges, and grizzly bears and black bears can be seen feeding on spawning salmon at the numerous river deltas. Occasionally, the Aurora Explorer has the good fortune to visit the more distant and isolated Seymour Inlet system. This routing takes the Aurora Explorer through the narrow confines of Schooner Channel that lead to Slingsby Channel, Nakwakto Rapids and the legendary “Tremble Island”. Returning home, the Aurora Explorer makes every effort to stop near the historical first nations villages of Mamalilaculla and Karlukwees. Near the end of our adventure, the Aurora Explorer is known to be a regular visitor at Yorke Island, the sobering historical military site that housed WW II artillery defenses.
Passengers are reminded that the Aurora Explorer is an actual working freight boat. Delivery of freight and the securing of additional freight opportunities will dictate the routing and the timetable of the vessel. While every effort is made to provide time in the schedule for our guests to disembark from the vessel for sightseeing, exploring or other recreational activities, such stops are not guaranteed. Actual cruise routing as described above may vary depending on freight opportunities, weather conditions and tidal restraints. Conditions of Carriage apply. Please refer to the reverse side of the cruise application form that will be mailed to persons making a booking.
Annual Weather and Conditions and Best Times to Go:
March, April and May - cooler weather but the waterfalls and snowcaps are spectacular. Less fog and few bugs.
June - usually warmer; can be wet and foggy. Better weather for exploring and getting out and about with the longer days of sunlight.
July and August - lounge out on deck and soak up the sunshine, however there may be fog at times. Best months for spotting whales and porpoises.
September - usually reasonably warm, may be some fog; harvest moons at the head of inlets may be spectacular. Best month for viewing bears.
October - cooler; waterfalls and snowcaps return, mists and colours of autumn provide contrasting west coast vistas.