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, black bears who are seeking salmon.
This tour includes the 3-day Desolation Sound cruise which takes a maximum of 16 guests in to the heart of BC’s remote coastline. Highlights include a stay at Homfray Lodge, accessible only by boat.
Little Blue Boat
Little Blue Boat
This is a 2 day exploration whilst overnighting in Homfray Lodge. It departs from Lund on a Monday afternoon – so you must arrive into Lund on Sunday. We will work out your tailor made itinerary to fit with this.
The exploration includes – a welcome reception and meet the crew of the Pacific Bear (fondly nicked named the “Little Blue Boat”) then set off Lund. Cruising north into Desolation Sound, you will pass Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park a haven for boaters and kayaker’s with its calm waters and sheltered anchorages. As you leave the boaters behind you will 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
The second day – you travel north into remote Toba Inlet a deep fjord with steep peaks, glacier green water and spectacular waterfalls. Sit back and enjoy the every changing scenery as you explore this remote fjord with its green waters. If you are lucky you may spot bears along the including Grizzly Bears. Return this afternoon with time to relax on the lodge’s expansive dock as chef prepares your meals.
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 (12 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 collect your hire car and travel from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast,...
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 little village of Lund, where you will overnight at the Historic Lund Hotel.
NB – Your arrival into Lund must be on a Sunday (from mid-June to mid-October).
1 night in Lund.
Lund to Desolation Sound
Today you will be leaving your car and boarding the Little Blue Boat for your...
to Desolation Sound
Today you will be leaving your car and boarding the Little Blue Boat for your cruise up Desolation Sound.
You will be staying at Homfray Lodge for the next two 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.
2 nights Homfray Lodge.
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.
Today you will head southwards on Vancouver Island, maybe stopping for lunch in another coastal...
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...