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Date: June – October Daily Departures
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: Varies by experience, starting from CA$3,670 per person (plus tax)
Trip Type: Top Picks, Active Adventures

Enjoy this exciting 4-day program departing daily from Alder Bay on northern Vancouver Island to Farewell Harbour and into the heart of the rainforest featuring full day wildlife excursions in search of marine mammals, bears and other wildlife. You can as well opt for 5, 6 or 7-day programs with additional days spent marine mammal viewing, on bear safaris, sea kayaking, First Nations cultural site visits or a host of other options.

Farewell Harbour Lodge is located in a magical place blessed with some of nature’s most charismatic wildlife, where wild Orcas skip over the blue Pacific waves, where mighty Grizzlies forage in lush coastal estuaries and where the towering evergreen forest seems endless. And let’s not forget the wild Salmon upon whose foundation all this richness rests.

Highlights:

  • Head out onto the water for a marine mammal viewing excursion in the protected waters of Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound
  • Join a bear viewing adventure to one of the main grizzly viewing estuaries
  • Experience a guided interpretive rainforest walk or sea kayaking in crystalline waters
  • First Nations cultural site visits
  • Expert guides

© Images courtesy of Farewell Harbour Lodge

Sample itinerary:

Day 1- Alder Bay to Farewell Harbour Lodge/ Marine exploration

Depart Alder Bay aboard the water taxi for the scenic 30-minute service to Farewell Harbour. After settling into accommodations, join an afternoon tour in search of marine wildlife in the waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound. The Orca come into these waters mid to late July and stay into late September and early October although exact timings can change from year to year. Prior to July, the marine excursions take us on a search for the majestic Humpback Whales, thrilling Dall’s Porpoises or Pacific White Sided Dolphins in addition to the many Bald Eagles and seabirds. Buffet dinner, followed by an evening presentation on some aspect of coastal ecology.

Day 2 - Bear viewing adventure

After breakfast, meet on the dock at 8 am for your first full day bear viewing adventure. Visit one of several estuaries, where you will view bears either from a zodiac or on foot depending on the tide. Buffet dinner followed by an evening presentation on some aspect of Great Bear Rainforest, bears, whales or First Nations culture.

Day 3 - More explorations

Head out on the water for your choice of another bear viewing safari or a more extensive marine exploration. Marine excursions can also afford an opportunity to learn about the cultural traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations as we pass ancient villages sites, rock art called pictographs and other evidence of a rich history and vibrant present in the region. Dinner followed by an evening program.

Day 4 - End of the program

After breakfast, choose from one of the following activities: a short morning sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge, a marine excursion, a rainforest walk or forest bathing (Shinrin yoku) walk. Return to the lodge and take the water taxi back to Alder Bay as your package comes to an end.

Important note: The below is a sample itinerary for a 3-night program. The actual itinerary may vary based on your interests, weather and wildlife activity. The 4, 5 and 6-night programs offer additional days spent marine mammal viewing, on bear safaris, sea kayaking, First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw cultural site visits or a host of other options.

Includes:

  • Round trip water taxi from Alder Bay to Farewell Harbour Lodge and complimentary round trip ground shuttle from Port Hardy Airport or hotels
    to Alder Bay if required
  • Accommodation for 3 nights at Farewell Harbour Lodge
  • Meals: full board starting with lunch on Day 1 and ending with lunch on day of departure, including wine with dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks
  • Welcome briefing and orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities
  • All transportation on all wildlife excursions
  • Marine tour excursion on arrival day, one full day excursion to one of the grizzly viewing areas, one full day on marine tour excursion or an additional grizzly viewing excursion, short optional excursion on marine tour or sea kayaking, rainforest walk or forest bathing (Shinrin yoku) walk on departure day
  • Evening guide presentations/slide shows
  • All-weather gear, including life jackets, and rain-gear and rubber boots, if required

Excludes:

  • Flights to & from Vancouver Island
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Alcoholic beverages (except wine with dinner)
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control
  • Gratuities
  • Goods & Services Tax (GST)

For a taste of this exciting adventure, check out this video!

Cost

Starting/Ending Alder Bay (Northern Vancouver Island)

Price starting at CA$3,670 per person*, based on double occupancy for a 4-day program.
*5% GST extra

Other programs are available, please contact us for more information and pricing based on your dates and customizations.