Off the Beaten Track | Bears, Whales and Coastal Cruising

Holiday Duration: 13 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, 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

Homfray Lodge

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.

Mrs Adamson

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.

Days 1-2

Fly into Vancouver and spend a couple of days exploring this vibrant city. Your base...

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Days 3

Vancouver to Powell River

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

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Days 4-6

Lund to Desolation Sound

Today you will be leaving your car and boarding  your cruise up Desolation Sound. It...

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Day 7

Desolation Sound to Comox

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

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Days 8

Comox

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

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Day 9

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

Day 11

Port Hardy to Parksville

Today you head south along Highway #19 which is the seaside route that links the...

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Day 12

Parksville to Victoria

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

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Day 13

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

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Day 14

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

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