Discover the Grizzly Bears of Toba Inlet featuring Homfray Lodge— Cruise from Lund Harbour to remote Homfray Lodge in Desolation Sound, BC. Cruise to Toba Inlet to view Grizzly Bears. Upon arrival in Toba Inlet, you will receive a warm welcome from the Klahoose First Nation guides. After an orientation and short cultural talk, your guides will drive you a few minutes to specifically designed viewing platforms set along the remote Klite River. From here, you’ll spend about 3 hours watching the bears in their natural habitat, often feeding on salmon.
This is an exclusive Grizzly Bear Watching Tour for a maximum of 12 guests and your Indigenous guides are trained with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC.
Please note this holiday will be operating again in 2021 and we are taking bookings now.
Homfray Lodge is located in Desolation Sound, British Columbia. Built in 2008, the lodge is only accessible by water or air and is surrounded by the peaks of the Coast Mountain range and rainforest.
The lodge features Lodge Suites and private Chalets each with a private bathroom and ocean views. The main cedar beam lodge features a dining room, lounge with wi-fi, and a
wood burning fireplace.
The expansive dock is a natural hub of activity where you can kayak, stand up paddle board or enjoy swimming in the warm ocean waters that can reach up to 22°C (71°F). Daily meals are included and served family style with house beverages. The lodge is a perfect place to relax and “Discover the Calm” after exploring Desolation Sound.
Your cruising vessel is officially called The Pride of Victoria, but she is affectionately called The Toba Cat. Custom built for the Canadian Coast Guard in 1969, she spent many seasons on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. She is 45 feet (13.7 metres) long, and 17 feet (5.2 metres) wide making her a very stable catamaran.
The Toba Cat has a head on board (bathroom), a galley (kitchen) numerous decks offer excellent photo opportunities giving uninterrupted 360 degree panoramic views.
Jan Vening - Travelled to British Columbia
"Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime!"
Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime!!! Two years ago we used this company for a holiday to BC and it was fantastic. This year we went to Alaska and the Yukon and Heidi organised the most wonderful trip, that went as smoothly as is possible. From the Arctic Circle to Kodiak Island everything was PERFECT (so rare in this day and age!!!) As for wildlife...wow! She arranged for us to travel by several different means of transport and to stay in a wide range of accommodation all of which gave us an idea of life in this vast area of North America. We are left with wonderful memories and thousands of beautiful photos.
Itinerary (6 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Vancouver to Lund
Today* you will be catching the short 35-minute flight from Vancouver South Terminal in the...
Today* you will be catching the short 35-minute flight from Vancouver South Terminal in the morning to Powell River. On arrival, you will be transferred to the boat deck at Lund for the start of your Desolation Sound Wilderness Discovery Cruise; this will start with a welcome reception and meet the crew. Once you leave the quaint village of Lund, you will be cruising north into Desolation Sound and leaving the boaters behind, and cruising into Homfray Channel, one of the deepest channels in North America and flanked by towering peaks, including the majestic Mount Denman. In the evening, you will reach Homfray Lodge, nestled in the remote wilderness of Desolation Sound, where you will meet the staff and enjoy meals prepared by the lodge’s chef.
3* nights Homfray Lodge
*Your stay here can be adjusted to 2 nights or 4 nights, which will change the amount of bear viewing and departure days; ask us for more details.
Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours depart Homfray Lodge with a cruise to Toba Inlet, on the...
Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours depart Homfray Lodge with a cruise to Toba Inlet, on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest. Upon arriving at the river, you will receive a warm and traditional welcome from the Klahoose First Nation guides. A short drive will transport you to specifically designed viewing areas where you will spend about 3 hours with the bears in their natural habitat, from raised and covered viewing platforms along the remote wilderness river. The highlight of the tour will be the chance to view the grizzly bears feeding on salmon in the natural habitat. The grizzly bear tours are limited to 12 guests for an intimate experience and less impact on the bears.
After having lunch onboard, return to Homfray Lodge in the afternoon with time to relax on the lodge’s expansive dock as the chef prepares your dinner.
A second day of Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour.
A second day of Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour.
Toba Inlet to Vancouver
Depart Homfray Lodge after breakfast. Cruise this morning from Homfray Lodge south through Homfray Channel....
Depart Homfray Lodge after breakfast.
Cruise this morning from Homfray Lodge south through Homfray Channel. Pass Desolation Sound Marine Park and return back to the Sunshine Coast and Lund Harbour.
Return to Lund Harbour (extimated arrival at 12:00pm). You will then be transferred back to Powell River airport for an early afternoon flight back to Vancouver where you will have one final night.
1 night Vancouver.