Great Bear Adventure Tour - Bella Coola Mountain Lodge 7 nights

 

 

British Columbia’s Central Coast is a breathtaking showcase of natural beauty, where rugged coastal mountains rise out of the pristine waters of the Inside Passage. Running between Port Hardy and Bella Coola, the Great Bear Adventure Tour route gives visitors the opportunity to travel the southern portion of the Inside Passage and experience the majestic splendour of the Central Coast and northern Vancouver Island in one unforgettable self-guided circle tour. Board the ferry in Port Hardy, neighbouring the village of Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw and the Kwakiutl First Nation, and journey north through a landscape of rugged glacial fjords, towering old-growth rainforests and rich history, into Nuxalk Nation territory in Bella Coola. Immerse yourself in the wild, enchanting beauty of the BC coast!

Top 5 things to do

  • Try your hand at salmon and trout fishing
  • Take a river tour of the famous waters of the Atnarko and Bella Coola rivers
  • Discover First Nations culture, heritage and artifacts
  • Explore with a kayak or canoe
  • Enjoy nearby hiking trails

Additional Activities can be added to your package during the booking process

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Campbell River

Ferry: West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay)

Staying at: Coast Discovery Inn & Marina
975 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, Canada, V9W 2C4

Depart from Horseshoe Bay on the Vancouver Mainland for a scenic 100-minute BC Ferries cruise across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and the city of Nanaimo. As you drive north on the coastal route, you’ll pass through the seaside resort communities of Qualicum Beach and Parksville. Watch for the historic Old Country Market at Coombs, famous for the goats that graze on the roof. Your afternoon drive will take you to Campbell River, where you can check in and enjoy your hotel.

Day 2

Day 2 - Campbell River to Port Hardy

Staying at: Kwa Lilas Hotel
9040 Granville Street, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0

Northern Vancouver Island is famous for its forests. For over a century, the economy of this area has been driven by the lumber, pulp and paper industries. The pristine area offers rich wildlife viewing, including deer, elk, bear, orca whales and bald eagles, and the sites around the remote communities of Sayward, Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill. Your final destination for the day will be the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Day 3

Day 3 - Central Coast Sailing to Bella Coola

Staying at: Bella Coola Mountain Lodge
British Columbia 20, Bella Coola, BC, Canada, V0T 1C0

On your early morning sailing, the ferry passes through some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the world. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, orca whales and porpoises in the channel, and bald eagles circling overhead. You’ll also see remote First Nations villages tucked into several of the bays along the route. Depending on the day of the week, you’ll either arrive late this evening in Bella Coola for your overnight stay, or you may be treated to ports of call in Bella Bella, Shearwater and Ocean Falls and overnight onboard, with an early morning arrival in Bella Coola. 

Day 4

Day 4 - Bella Coola

Staying at: Bella Coola Mountain Lodge
British Columbia 20, Bella Coola, BC, Canada, V0T 1C0

Bella Coola defines the Central Coast of British Columbia, located within the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast tourism region of BC. Nestled between a lush valley and the soaring Coast Mountains, this vibrant community represents the true pioneering spirit of West Coast living. The highlight for today will be a guided adventure into the wilderness to view some of the local wildlife. Watch grizzly bears as they feed and fish for salmon on the river’s edge, or, depending on the season, enjoy an eco-rafting tour.  

Day 5

Day 5 - Bella Coola

Staying at: Bella Coola Mountain Lodge
British Columbia 20, Bella Coola, BC, Canada, V0T 1C0

Enjoy your last day in Bella Coola exploring the surrounding area.

Day 6

Day 6 - Bella Coola to Port Hardy

Staying at: Kwa Lilas Hotel
9040 Granville Street, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0

Enjoy your sailing from Bella Coola to Port Hardy, taking in the scenic views along the journey.

Day 7

Day 7 - Port Hardy to Campbell River

Staying at: Coast Discovery Inn & Marina
975 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, Canada, V9W 2C4

Enjoy your drive south from Port Hardy to Campbell River.

Day 8

Day 8 - Campbell River to Vancouver

Ferry: Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

Drive south from Campbell River to Nanaimo, and enjoy the 100 minute ferry crossing back to Metro Vancouver.

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Day 1 - Vancouver to Campbell River

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Directions

Directions Disclaimer

These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

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Notes

Coming Soon: Direct summer service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.

Depending on the time of year and the day of the week you are sailing from Port Hardy to Bella Coola, you could arrive in Bella Coola late in the evening after a port of call in Bella Bella, or this route may sail overnight, stopping in additional ports of call in Bella Coola, Shearwater and Ocean Falls. Sailing schedule may change on this route due to heavy weather conditions and other circumstances. Vessels may vary based on seasonality.

Today's price from $1419 CAD

+ $39.75 GST. Per person based on double occupancy. Includes ferry & accommodation. Surcharges may apply.

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Package includes

  • Accommodation Seven nights' hotel accommodation
  • Ferry Round trip on BC Ferries from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island, and from Port Hardy to Bella Coola for two adults and one car
  • Adventure Eco-rafting tour (included June 20 - August 12) in Bella Coola.
  • Bear Viewing Tour Grizzly bear tour (included August 15 – October 5) in Bella Coola.

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