Off the Beaten Track | Bears, Whales and Coastal Cruising

Holiday Duration: 14 Nights

Overview

Overview

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.

 

 

"we had an amazing time in Canada"

Just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time in Canada. Thank you so much for arranging it for us. All the places you booked were great & we appreciated the variety. To experience the peace & quiet of Clearwater Springs Ranch (with only 3 rooms) & then go to the enormous but swanky place in Whistler was such a contrast, but we really enjoyed seeing the differences. We packed in a huge amount including the Banff Gondola (got snow at the top), a boat safari (where we saw a bear for ages), Quad biking in Whistler & so much more. On the way back we were upgraded to Club class too! All 4 of us. And we didn't even ask. They just did it without telling us. How amazing is that! So all in all we had a fabulous time. Thank you again for all your organising. Good job!

Mrs Barnardo - Travelled to Alberta & BC

Itinerary (14 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.

Days 1-2

Fly into Vancouver and spend a couple of days exploring this vibrant city. 2 nights...

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Days 3

Vancouver to Lund

Today you will collect your hire car and travel from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast,...

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Days 4-5

Lund to Desolation Sound

Today you will be leaving your car and boarding the Little Blue Boat for your...

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Day 6

Desolation Sound to Comox

Your final day cruising will be spent in Homfray Channel, stopping for wildlife viewing; the...

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Days 7

Comox

Today you will be able to explore the Comox Valley and the communities of Comox,...

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Day 8

You will be heading to the furthest reach of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy and...

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Days 9

An early start today for a full day tour from Telegraph Cove on a grizzly...

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Day 10

The north of the island is home to some spectacular white sandy beaches but which...

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Day 11

Today you will head southwards on Vancouver Island, maybe stopping for lunch in another coastal...

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Day 12

The day is yours to enjoy British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, where you can explore...

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Day 13

Spend your last few hours in Victoria before driving via the ferry to Vancouver to...

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