Day 1 / Alert Bay, BC

After making your way to Vancouver International Airport, head to the South Terminal and check in at Pacific Coastal Air for your flight. Your 70 minute flight crosses Vancouver Island’s Inside Passage and lands at Port Hardy, near the Island’s north tip. At Port Hardy Airport, a taxi will be waiting to escort you to Port McNeill. Here you’ll board a coastal ferry for a 35 minute voyage to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. Once in Alert Bay, you can catch a taxi (about $5) at the ferry terminal for a 2 kilometer drive down the ocean road to Alert Bay Lodge. You can also call the lodge from the ferry and the manager will try to get away to pick you up. Please advise the manager what time you would like to take dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 / Alert Bay, BC

Today is yours at leisure to explore the village of Alert Bay. After breakfast, the lodge manager will provide you with a map highlighting popular attractions on the 5 km long Cormorant Island and tickets to U’Mista Cultural Centre. The village can easily be reached by foot from the lodge. You may choose to visit the Alert Bay Tourism Information Centre, shops and galleries featuring native art. Experience the wonder of the U’Mista Cultural Centre with its examples of historic and contemporary artwork, including a First Nations reclaimed potlatch collection. Should time allow, marvel at First Nations dancing at the Big House, or tour the Ecological Gardens and Big Tree Trail - a series of easy walking trails located at the top of the island approximately 2 km from the Village.

Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 / Alert Bay, BC

Today after breakfast depart Alert Bay for an exciting eight-hour excursion to Telegraph Cove including a 3.5-hour whale watching tour of the inlets, islands and waterways in Johnston Strait and the Broughton Archipelago. After a taxi ride to the ferry terminal and a short ferry ride to Port McNeill, spend a short time touring Telegraph Cove, its small shops and the fascinating Whale Interpretative Centre that highlights the biology, habitat needs and threats to orcas and other local marine mammals (admission by donation). Lunch can be taken at Telegraph Cove. In the early afternoon, you embark on your whale watching tour. As the on-board naturalist narrates, your skipper leads the search for orcas, humpback and minke whales as well as other marine life such as Dahl porpoises, harbour porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins and sea lions. Bald eagles and many species of birds are plentiful in the region and black bears, deer and cougars may be spotted along the shore. After your whale watching tour the last leg of the excursion whisks you from Telegraph Cove by high speed boat to cross Johnstone Strait. You arrive in Alert Bay by late afternoon.

Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 / Alert Bay, BC

We depart at 6:45 am from Alert Bay for a full day on the water to seek out grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Our destination is Knight Inlet, a two hour ride by covered boat into Johnstone Strait. Becoming famous for its population of Grizzly bears, Knight Inlet a long and deep glacier-carved fjord surrounded by snow-capped mountains and steep-sided, forested cliffs.
Here we drift, paddle and motor quietly around an estuary, looking to spot grizzly bears as they feed on the sedges and grasses at high tide. Low tide brings more bears out, and we may see them turn over large boulders in their search for crabs, isopods and beach barnacles. On some tides we transfer to our flat bottomed skiff to get into the shallows. Please bring your binoculars and camera! Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 / Alert Bay, BC

An early start this morning to catch the 6:35 am ferry to Port McNeill. A taxi will be waiting to escort you to a restaurant in Port McNeill where you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast you can leave your luggage at the restaurant and stretch your legs along the waterfront path. Your bus will arrive by 9:15 am.
Bus wil stop in Campbell River for lunch and a chance to stretch your legs. Bus arrives into Victoria at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

  • The order of activities on Day 2, 3 and 4 may vary due to weather conditions and logistics with our tour operators, Once you book, we provide you with comprehensive pre-departure information. Click here for an excerpt.


  • $1.899 | May 15 – June 20, 2018
  • $1.990 | June 21 – September 20, 2018
  • Single supplement: $405 (May 15 – June 20, 2018) | $485 (June 21 – September 20, 2018)

Date, 2018

May 15 – September 20, 2018 Every Day

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Departs: Vancouver, BC 

Arrives: Victoria,, BC 

Activity Level: Very Easy

Group: Singles, couples and families welcome

Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation, bed and breakfast style. 

Transport: Commercial flight to Port Hardy, taxi to Port Mcneill and then by coastal ferry to Alert Bay. Grizzly bear viewing and whale watching by motor boat. The return leg to Victoria includes a public coach.

Meals: Three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner.

Activity Notes: This is a sightseeing tour. Restrictions on our wildlife excursions include those 8 years of age or younger and women in their final tri-semester. 


  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Alert Bay
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and1 dinner
  • Transfers:
    • Flight from Vancouver International Airport to Port Hardy Airport
    • Taxi transfer from Port Hardy Airport to Port McNeill
    • Taxi transfer from Alert Bay Ferry terminal to Alert Bay Lodge
    • Taxi transfer from Alert Bay Lodge to Alert Bay Ferry Terminal
    • Water taxi transfer from Telegraph Cove to Alert Bay
    • Taxi transfer from Alert Bay Lodge to meet Grizzly Bear Tour
    • Taxi transfer from Alert Bay Lodge to Alert Bay Ferry Terminal
    • Transfer from Port McNeill Ferry Terminal to restauarant
    • Bus from Port McNeill to Victoria
  • Full day excursion to Telegraph Cove including 3.5-hour wildlife and orca/whalewatching marine tour
  • 9-hour grizzly bear viewing marine tour
  • Admission ticket to U’Mista Cultural Centre

Not Included:

  • Meals unless otherwise stated
  • Transfer to Vancouver International Airport
  • Taxi to the U’Mista Cultural Centre (about 2.5 kilometers from the lodge)
  • Activities or equipment rentals unless otherwise stated
  • Return ferry passage to Alert Bay from Port McNeill ($9.00)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • 5% GST

Optional Activities:

  • Native Dancing at the Big House, Thursday to Sunday during July and August ($15 per person)
  • Deep sea fishing (about $100 per hour)
  • 39' classic sailboat day or overnight tour (prices start at $330 for the day)

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