Inside Passage Coastal Adventure 7 nights

 

Canadian Signature Experience

The Inside Passage Wilderness Circle Tour is part of Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) Collection. The CSE collection includes once-in-a-lifetime authentic travel experiences found only in Canada.

Your journey will take you to the northern reaches of Vancouver Island, on a cruise through the famed Inside Passage, and on an exploration of the remote mountain towns that dot the Skeena and Bulkley river systems and the expansive high plains of the Cariboo region. 

As you travel up Vancouver Island, you’ll drive through beachside resort towns like Parksville and Qualicum Beach towards Campbell River, which is considered by some to be the salmon fishing capital of Canada. Watch for deer, elk and bear along the way. Delving deeper into the great northern forests takes you to remote Port Hardy for your Inside Passage cruise. 

The cruise docks in Prince Rupert – located on Kaien Island, Prince Rupert is the cultural centre of the Tsimshian-speaking First Nations people. Fishing, crabbing and prawning are world class, as are the options for accommodation, restaurants, camping, kayak rentals, whale-watching, golf, and archaeological tours.

 

Testimonials

Here's what our customers had to say about Inside Passage Coastal Adventure...

We had a wonderful trip. The crew was pleasant and helpful. The accommodation arrangements you made in Prince Rupert and Port Hardy worked out very well.  

Bob W.

  I had a fantastic trip, the inside passage was spectacular! The Crest in Prince Rupert was very nice. The BC Ferry experience was "top shelf"  

Brian T.

We had a wonderful trip to BC. Your ferries and hotel bookings worked perfectly. All of the hotels were great and welcoming. We particularly enjoyed Prince Rupert and The Painters Lodge in Campbell River, but all hotels were great.

Doug M.

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  Had a great afternoon on the whalewatching trip. We were out for about 5 hours and saw lots of humpbacks. We were impressed with the standard of accommodation throughout the whole trip and, of course, BC ferries organised it all so beautifully.  

Elaine and Ron G.

  We had a great time on this trip and especially enjoyed the Ferry trip, the Grizzly Tour and the drive, both up Island and from Prince Rupert back home to Langley, BC.  

Gary P.

  Ferry reservation and related hotel reservations arranged through your office and the service that we received was very good. Our 2 day stay at the Crest Hotel in Prince Rupert was good and the Grizzly Bear Tour can be highly recommended.  

Klaus H.

  All the employees and crew were so friendly and efficient especially at 0600 hrs. The Aurora room was pleasant. The Hotel accommodation in Port Hardy and Prince Rupert were well appointed and very nice comfortable beds.  

Marlene W.

  Just want to let you know that we had a fabulous time. Everything was organized to a "T". The voyage of the Inside Passage is something every BC-er must do at least once in their life! 

Rod and Irene A.

  The Northern Expedition was fabulous...It is a first class ferry and we were fortunate to be able to enjoy an outside cabin and The Aurora Lounge. The breakfast and dinner meals in the Vista Restaurant were wonderful. We found all staff to be very professional.  

Donna M.

Top 5 things to do

  • Walk Telegraph Cove's boardwalk
  • Walk Miracle Beach Provincial Park in Courtenay
  • Visit the Museum of Northern BC to see First Nations artifacts and history
  • Explore Butze Rapids Park and Trail in Prince Rupert
  • Add a multi-day adventure to Haida Gwaii from Prince Rupert

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

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Courtenay

Staying at: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Comox Valley
220 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, Canada, V9N 2L4

In the morning, you’ll make your way north towards the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal for a scenic 100-minute sailing on BC Ferries that takes you through fjord-like waters, and past mountains blanketed with virgin forests and glaciated peaks. On arrival at the Departure Bay ferry terminal, you’ll continue your journey north to Courtenay.

Day 2

Day 2 - Courtenay to Port Hardy

Staying at: Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort
6555 Hardy Bay Road, 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. This pristine region, which includes the remote communities of Sayward, Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill, offers rich wildlife viewing of deer, elk, bear, orca whales and bald eagles. Today, you’ll travel 238 kilometres to arrive at your destination, the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Day 3

Day 3 - Inside Passage Cruise to Prince Rupert

Ferry: Port Hardy (Port Hardy ) to Prince Rupert (Prince Rupert)

Staying at: Inn on the Harbour
720 1st Avenue West, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, V8J 3V6

Today, take a BC Ferries cruise northward from Port Hardy past the rugged coastline. This is the same route that the cruise ships take on their way to Alaska. Enjoy all the amenities of this ship, and relax as it winds its way through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, orca whales and porpoises in the channel, and great bald eagles circling overhead. And watch for remote First Nations villages that are tucked into several of the bays along the route. Your day will come to a close when you dock in Prince Rupert, where you’ll stay overnight in the heart of downtown. Here, you can enjoy the tranquil and spectacular panoramic sights of Tuck Inlet and Metlakatla Pass (which is also known as Venn Passage).

Day 4

Day 4 - Prince Rupert

Staying at: Inn on the Harbour
720 1st Avenue West, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, V8J 3V6

Prince Rupert is a nature-lover’s paradise. Located only 65 kilometres southeast of the Alaska panhandle, the city is blessed with an abundance of surrounding wilderness that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Travel to the famed Khutzeymateen Provincial Park and view the resident grizzly and black bear populations in their natural environment or, depending on the season, take a whale-watching cruise and view orca whales, humpback whales, porpoises and seals.

Day 5

Day 5 - Prince Rupert

Staying at: Inn on the Harbour
720 1st Avenue West, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, V8J 3V6

Prince Rupert is a marine city with a population of 15,000 that is situated on British Columbia's beautiful north coast – a place where eagle, bears and whales outnumber people. An area with over 10,000 years of First Nations history, it’s a place where fishing is both a job and a form of recreation. The excellent sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing and extensive outdoor activity options make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a family vacation, a corporate retreat or a solo getaway. Today, you could visit the North Pacific Cannery, which is like taking a step back in time to see what cannery life was like back in the day. The well-preserved cannery, a national historic site, and the machines and fascinating relics it holds can take a day to cover. Another must-see is the Museum of Northern BC with its intricate displays of First Nations and pioneer days artifacts. Not only is the museum's traditional longhouse building majestic, but it also has a peaceful atmosphere of learning and sharing. You could also take a guided tour of the area and learn about its people, history and customs. Combining exploration on the water and learning about the area, various guided cultural tours of the area – some in canoes, others in kayaks – are an excellent way to experience the land and ocean. One tour takes visitors to Pike Island, where they can see historic petroglyphs etched in the rocks thousands of years ago.

Day 6

Day 6 - Inside Passage Cruise to Port Hardy

Ferry: Prince Rupert (Prince Rupert) to Port Hardy (Port Hardy )

Staying at: Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort
6555 Hardy Bay Road, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0

Today, you’ll cruise southward, past the rugged Haida Gwaii islands, and through the world-famous Inside Passage. Your day will come to a close when you dock in Port Hardy.

Day 7

Day 7 - Port Hardy to Parksville

Staying at: Beach Club Resort

Today, you’ll drive through the forests and along the coastline untill you arrive at Parksville.

Day 8

Day 9 - Parksville to Vancouver

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

As you drive south along the coastal route, you’ll once again pass seaside towns and see spectacular scenery. Once you arrive in Nanaimo, you’ll board a ferry to sail back to Horseshoe Bay through the Strait of Georgia.

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Day 1 - Vancouver to Courtenay

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Directions

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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

Please note: Depending on the time of year and the day of the week you are sailing, this route may sail overnight. Ask about reserving a cabin and Aurora Lounge seating. Sailing schedule may change on this route due to heavy weather conditions and other circumstances. Vessels vary based on seasonality.

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+ $49.08 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 Nanaimo, and from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (sailing reservations included on Inside Passage route) for two adults and one car
  • Bear Viewing Tour Grizzly bear tour (included May 14 – July 23) in Prince Rupert.
  • Whale Watching Tour Whale-watching tour (included July 25 – Sep 23) in Prince Rupert.

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