Russell Markel, (far right) owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, and two guests at the bow of the sailing vessel Passing Cloud. (Submitted photo)

Russell Markel, (far right) owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, and two guests at the bow of the sailing vessel Passing Cloud. (Submitted photo)

Mill Bay’s Outer Shores Expeditions to run day tours in Salish Sea this year

Outer Shores Expeditions readjusts operations this summer to account for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mill Bay’s Outer Shores Expeditions is readjusting its operations this summer to account for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outer Shores Expeditions is a niche adventure travel company that operates wildlife, wilderness and cultural expeditions aboard its classic 21-metre wooden sailing vessel Passing Cloud.

Oriana Smy, the company’s guest services and marketing coordinator, said in more normal times, Outer Shores Expeditions would sail up and down the B.C. Coast to Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest on multi-day expeditions.

But she said things are different this year due to the health crisis, so the company is currently in the process of readjusting operations to run day-tours in the Salish Sea.

“We are now attempting to refocus on ‘hyper-local’ tourism in this region, and partner with other local businesses who may also benefit, including Mill Bay Marina, Bridgeman’s Bistro and Villa Eyrie Resort,” Smy said.

“The tourism industry are facing many struggles and challenges during the COVID-19 crisis and we’re trying to prove that we are resilient in the face of adversity. We’re hoping that we can return to our regular tour season next year.”

Further details about Outer Shore Expedition’s season adjustments can be found at https://outershores.ca/resources/covid-19/



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