This holiday is perfect for watching ocean wildlife in its natural environment. The west coast has an abundance of wildlife viewing from dolphins to porpoises to whales and, of course, bears who are seeking salmon.
This tour includes a naturalist-led boat cruise to Desolation Sound. This cruise departs Lund with a maximum of 16 guests in to the heart of BC’s remote coastline, including Desolation Sound. Highlights include a stay at Homfray Lodge, an all-inclusive wilderness lodge accessible only by boat.
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.
Depending on the time of year of your stay, excursions from the lodge will vary; viewing the bears of Toba Inlet will take place from late August to mid-October.
"we managed to see bears and whales"
I just wanted to thank you for organising our Canada holiday for us. We had the most amazing time and have completely fallen in love with the country. The accommodation you booked for us was perfect and everything went extremely smoothly. All of the activities were brilliant and we managed to see bears and whales and many other things. The people of Canada are very friendly and helpful as well. We will definitely be going back at some point in the future.
Itinerary (13 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.
Please note this itinerary is based on starting in Vancouver on a Tuesday, from June to August, in order to meet the Coastal Cruise schedule from Lund on Fridays.
Fly into Vancouver and spend a couple of days exploring this vibrant city. Your base...
Fly into Vancouver and spend a couple of days exploring this vibrant city. Your base will be in a downtown Vancouver boutique-style B&B from where you can explore the shops, bistros and fine dining on Robson Street, stretch your legs for a walk through Stanley Park or take the little ferry to Granville Island where you can browse through the vibrant market stalls before discovering a local west coast restaurant for some delectable delights. Hop the Sea Bus and take a mini ocean cruise to the North Shore of Vancouver and enjoy the aerial view of Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain. Continue to Capilano Suspension Bridge and then relax at the Lonsdale Quay Market before returning to downtown Vancouver for a wander round the town or maybe take in Bard on the Beach, Vancouver’s outdoor Shakespeare theatre that uses the city of Vancouver as the background. Quite sensational!
2 nights in Vancouver.
Vancouver to Powell River
Today you will collect your hire car and travel from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast,...
to Powell River
Today you will collect your hire car and travel from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast, by road and ferry.
Enjoy meandering through the town of Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay and Sechelt before arriving in the quaint oceanside town of Powell River where you will overnight (you could also stay in in the Lund Seaside Inn on Sevilla Island, a 5-minute boat transfer from Lund, ask us for details)
1 night in Powell River.
Lund to Desolation Sound
Today you will be leaving your car and boarding your cruise up Desolation Sound. It...
to Desolation Sound
Today you will be leaving your car and boarding your cruise up Desolation Sound. It will take about half an hour to drive to Lund from Powell River and you will leave your car in the Lund parking area.
You will then meet the crew around 130pm and set off from Lund cruising north into Desolation Sound. This special marine area is a haven for boaters and kayaker’s with its calm waters and sheltered anchorages. As you leave the boaters behind, you cruise into Homfray Channel, one of the deepest in North American and flanked by towering peaks including the majestic Mount Denman (1920 m, 6299 ft straight up from the sea). This evening you will reach Homfray Lodge nestled in the remote wilderness of Desolation Sound where you will meet the staff and enjoy our meals prepared by the lodge chef.
You will be staying at Homfray Lodge for the next three nights and you will be able to enjoy activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, an eco-tour or just relaxing on the large open decks on the ocean.
3 nights Homfray Lodge.
*Your stay here can vary, again depending on time of year chosen; a longer stay is recommended if you want to do more bear viewing in the autumn months, for example.
Desolation Sound to Comox
Your final day cruising will be spent in Homfray Channel, stopping for wildlife viewing; the...
Your final day cruising will be spent in Homfray Channel, stopping for wildlife viewing; the warm waters here are perfect for whales and other marine wildlife.
Upon arrival back in Lund, you will collect your car and will travel by road and ferry to Comox, via Powell River where you will spend the next two nights in a lovely B&B.
2 nights in Comox.
Today you will be able to explore the Comox Valley and the communities of Comox,...
Today you will be able to explore the Comox Valley and the communities of Comox, Courtenay and the charming village of Cumberland. You could visit 40 Knots Winery or the local Cumberland brewing company, or even take a drive to visit Strathcona or Elks Falls Provincial Park. Alternatively, a day at the beach finishing with fish and chips right from the docks might be just what you are looking for!
Comox to North Vancouver Island
You will be heading to the furthest reach of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy and...
North Vancouver Island
You will be heading to the furthest reach of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy and Telegraph Cove and this afternoon, you will have a whale watching tour with Stubbs Island.
You will stay overnight in a hotel or B&B in Port Hardy, or even at Telegraph Cove Resort.
3 nights North Vancouver Island.
An early start today for a full day tour from Telegraph Cove on a grizzly...
An early start today for a full day tour from Telegraph Cove on a grizzly bear tour with Tide Rip Tours.
You will return to a hotel or B&B in Port Hardy tonight.
The north of the island is home to some spectacular white sandy beaches but which...
The north of the island is home to some spectacular white sandy beaches but which are best accessed over forestry logging roads. You will join a guided tour to Cape Scott Provincial Park where you will take the rugged back road and hike through an old growth forest to emerge onto a vast, sandy beach. There are spectacular sea stacks, sea caves, tidal pools and endless spots to explore. The hiking is 1.5 hour round trip and suitable for all ages and activity levels.
Afterwards you will will return to Port Hardy for your overnight.
Port Hardy to Parksville
Today you head south along Highway #19 which is the seaside route that links the...
Today you head south along Highway #19 which is the seaside route that links the many coastal communities together. Arrive in Parksville in the late afternoon. Check into your bungalow unit at Tigh Na Mara Resort. Walk down to the beach for some beachcombing or take a walk into town and explore the local vibe!
1 night Parksville
Parksville to Victoria
Today you will head southwards on Vancouver Island, maybe stopping for lunch in another coastal...
Today you will head southwards on Vancouver Island, maybe stopping for lunch in another coastal community during your 5-6 hour journey to Victoria, where you will spend your last two nights.
2 nights Victoria.
The day is yours to enjoy British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, where you can explore...
The day is yours to enjoy British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, where you can explore the harbour, visit the BC Provincial Museum or even take the chance to maybe see some more whales.
Spend your last few hours in Victoria before driving via the ferry to Vancouver to...