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Whales and Bears at Farewell Harbour

from £1850 3 nights | May - Oct Exc. flights See price details
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  • May - Oct

Overview

From your base at Farewell Harbour Lodge on Berry Island, you are perfectly positioned to explore the natural highlights of the renowned Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. Separating Vancouver Island and mainland BC, here you are in close proximity to both the grizzly bears of Knight Inlet and the orcas of Johnstone Strait. Berry Island also offers excellent hiking trails and sheltered sea-kayaking opportunities.

Highlights

  • Search for orcas, humpback whales and other marine life
  • View grizzly bears in the wild
  • Explore the islands and inlets of the Broughton Archipelago by sea kayak

During your stay at Farewell Harbour you will cruise in search of wildlife, with the option to join a bear safari by boat travelling into Knight Inlet or other prime bear habitat estuaries nearby. Marine excursions will venture into Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in search of the orcas and humpback whales known to frequent this area.

You will also have the chance to explore the island, uncover local First Nations culture and take an optional guided sea-kayak excursion through sheltered inlets and coves. Each evening swap stories with your fellow-guests at the lodge and learn more about the area and its incredible wildlife through a series of talks and presentations given by your guides. Alternatively soak up the spectacular scenery and solitude from the lodge’s oceanside hot tub – the perfect spot to reflect and enjoy the sunset.

 

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Also consider

We offer a variety of alternative bear-viewing and whale-watching options in British Columbia - you may wish to consider Great Bear Lodge, Spirit Bear Lodge or Knight Inlet Lodge for further superb wildlife spotting opportunities. Contact our team of Canada Travel Specialists to discuss your options.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Port Hardy - Farewell Harbour
Depart Alder Bay on a scenic 30 minute water taxi to Farewell Harbour Lodge. You will be met on arrival and welcomed to Farewell Harbour Lodge with an orientation briefing. Later, join a cruise in search of orca and other marine wildlife in the rich waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Return to the lodge for a buffet dinner and an optional presentation about the surrounding area and its wildlife.
Day 2: grizzly bear viewing
After a hearty breakfast set off by boat on a full day bear viewing adventure. You will cruise to one of the local estuaries where you will search for bears either by zodiac or on foot, depending on the tide. Without being restricted to a viewing hide you will have a good chance of seeing bears at eye level. Return to Farewell Harbour Lodge this evening for dinner and another optional presentation.
Day 3: whale watching
Today you have the option of another day with the bears, or a full day excursion in search of whales. Enjoy an extensive exploration of Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, renowned for its large resident orca population. Orcas typically return to these waters from mid-July although humpback whales and other marine life can often be seen from May onwards, throughout the summer season. Dinner and an evening presentation await back at the lodge.
Day 4: Farewell Harbour - Port Hardy
This morning you can take your pick from a choice of activities: a half day sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge, a half day bear viewing safari, a half day marine tour, guided interpretive rainforest hike, or an interpretive visit to the world famous U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay to learn more about local First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw culture. After lunch it’s time to depart Farewell Harbour Lodge via water taxi back to Alder Bay.
Notes

We can also offer packages to include return flights from Vancouver to Port Hardy. Longer packages are available for 5, 6, or 7 days, with additional whale watching, bear viewing and other excursions included.

Accommodation Options

Farewell Harbour Lodge

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2018 Prices & Dates

Prices in £ per person

2018 DeparturesTwinSingle
16 May - 31 Jul 2018 £1,861 £2,808
01 Aug - 17 Oct 2018 £1,974 £2,975

Departure dates
Daily between 16 May - 17 Oct 2018

Prices Include

Complimentary round-trip shuttle to Alder Bay, Port Hardy (shuttle from Port Hardy Airport, or self drive clients can meet the tour in Alder Bay where free parking is provided) • Round-trip water taxi from Alder Bay, Port Hardy to Farewell Harbour Lodge (baggage weight limit is 23kgs per person, plus one carry-on) • 3 nights accommodation at Farewell Harbour Lodge • Welcome orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities • All meals and snacks while at the lodge from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4 • Complimentary house wine with dinner • Non alcoholic beverages • One full day grizzly bear viewing tour • One full day marine excursion • One half day marine excursion on arrival day • One half day optional excursion on departure day - marine excursion, sea kayaking or guided interpretive rainforest hike • Evening presentations by wildlife guides

Prices Exclude
International flights & airport taxes • Additional meals and beverages not listed under inclusions • Gratuities for staff (recommend $30 per day, per guest) & items of a personal nature

2019 Prices & Dates

Prices in £ per person

2019 DeparturesTwinSingle
01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £1,850 £2,782
01 Aug - 08 Oct 2019 £1,960 £2,953

Departure dates
Daily between 01 Jun - 08 Oct 2019

Prices Include

Complimentary round-trip shuttle to Alder Bay (shuttle from Port Hardy Airport, or self drive clients can meet the tour in Alder Bay where free parking is provided) • Round-trip water taxi from Alder Bay to Farewell Harbour Lodge (baggage weight limit is 23kgs per person, plus one carry-on) • 3 nights accommodation at Farewell Harbour Lodge • Welcome orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities • All meals and snacks while at the lodge from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4 • Complimentary house wine with dinner • Non alcoholic beverages • One full day grizzly bear viewing tour • One full day marine excursion • One half day marine excursion on arrival day • One half day optional excursion on departure day - marine excursion, sea kayaking or guided interpretive rainforest hike • Evening presentations by wildlife guides • Carbon offset contribution

Prices Exclude
International flights & airport taxes • Additional meals and beverages not listed under inclusions • Gratuities for staff (recommend $30 per day, per guest) & items of a personal nature

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