Inside Passage Wilderness Circle Tour 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.



See it all. You’ll start your journey through great northern forests, arriving at remote Port Hardy for your Inside Passage cruise aboard BC Ferries.

Cruise through the Inside Passage aboard a well-appointed vessel, complete with movie theatre, lounges and two restaurants. Relax in the comfortable Aurora Lounge, and take in the stunning vistas of the Coast Mountains’ glacier-carved fjords. Dine in the Vista Restaurant with its gourmet buffet and panoramic views. Along the way, you’ll see abundant marine wildlife and First Nations villages. And at the end, you’ll arrive in Prince Rupert, a nature-lover’s paradise where, depending on the season, you’ll enjoy a grizzly bear or whale-watching tour.

After two days in Prince Rupert, you’ll travel to the mountain towns that dot the Skeena and Bulkley river systems and the expansive high plains of the Cariboo region. Heading south, you’ll drive through remote, rugged mountain wilderness to the central plains on the way to Prince George. From there, the upper reaches of the Fraser River will act as your guide on a southerly venture through towns and nature, back towards Vancouver.

Top 5 things to do

  • Visit the First Nations communities of Alert Bay and Sointula Island
  • Follow the Gold Rush Trail to the historic town of Barkerville
  • Extend your trip, add a BC Ferries sailing to Haida Gwaii from Prince Rupert
  • Visit the Museum of Northern BC for First Nations artifacts and history
  • Visit museums and galleries in Prince George

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

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Courtenay

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

Staying at: Bayview Hotel Group Ltd
220 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, Canada, V9N 2L4

Depart from Horseshoe Bay on the 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. Take a short side trip to the historic Old Country Market in Coombs, which is famous for the goats that graze on the roof. Your afternoon drive will take you to Courtenay, where, you can check in to your hotel.

Day 2

Day 2 - Courtenay 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 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. Your final destination for the day will be 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: Crest Hotel
222 West 1st Ave, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, V8J 1A8

On your early-morning BC Ferries sailing, you’ll cruise through the world-famous Inside Passage. Enjoy all the amenities of this ship, and relax as it winds its way through some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the world. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, killer 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 spectacular day will come to a close when you dock in Prince Rupert.

Day 4

Day 4 - Prince Rupert - Whales, Grizzlies and Nature

Staying at: Crest Hotel
222 West 1st Ave, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, V8J 1A8

Prince Rupert is a nature-lover’s paradise. Located only 60 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 to Smithers

Staying at: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge
3251 Highway 16, Smithers, BC, Canada, V0J 2N0

Follow the banks of the mighty Skeena River on your journey east along Highway 16, where you’ll get the chance to see the last remaining structures of the great fish canneries that used to cover the shores. Your drive will take you north through Terrace and the First Nations communities of Gitwangak and Gitanmaax (formerly known as Kitwanga and Hazelton, respectively). Turning south into the Babine Range of mountains, your route follows the mighty Bulkley River to Smithers, your destination for the night. Enjoy this community and its majestic surroundings, including the spectacular Hudson Bay Mountain and Glacier.

Day 6

Day 6 - Smithers to Prince George

Staying at: Sandman Signature Hotel Prince George
2990 Recplace Drive, Prince George, BC, Canada, V2N 0B2

The spectacular Hudson Bay Mountain area gives way to the central plains of the Nechako region as you make your way through the lumber and agricultural community of Vanderhoof. As the afternoon draws to an end, you’ll arrive in Prince George, the largest city in northern BC. Enjoy the friendly hospitality, visit the local casino and eat some hearty northern BC cuisine.

Day 7

Day 7 - Prince George to Williams Lake

Staying at: Coast Fraser Inn
285 Donald Rd, Williams Lake, BC, Canada, V2G 4K4

From Prince George, you’ll head south, driving beside the mighty Fraser River, on highway 97. Williams Lake is located in a sheltered valley in Central B.C. Allow yourself the chance to explore this city's rural charm, characteristic of its ranching culture and gold rush history.

Day 8

Day 8 - Williams Lake to Vancouver

Your tour through British Columbia continues as you drive south along the Cariboo Highway and through the rolling hills of the Cariboo region. Numerous lumber and ranching communities mark the way. This historic highway originally had outposts situated every 25 to 50 miles along the route to provide fresh horses for the stagecoaches and overnight accommodation for the travellers. As you pass through 100 Mile House, you’ll feel the history of the Gold Rush. The spectacular Duffy Lake Road will take you past scenic Pavilion and Lillooet lakes, and your journey will end with a drive through Whistler on your way back to Vancouver.

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Please note: Depending on the time of year and the day of the week you are sailing, this route may sail overnight. Vessel amenities vary/change depending on the vessel. Ask about reserving a cabin and Aurora Lounge seating. Sailing schedule may change on this route due to heavy weather conditions and other circumstances. Valid government-approved ID is required at check-in time for all passengers; those passengers 16 or older must have government-approved ID that includes a photo.

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+ $45.53 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 One way on BC Ferries from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island, and from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (sailing reservation included on Inside Passage route) for two adults and one car
  • Bear Viewing Tour Grizzly bear tour (Mid-May to late July) in Prince Rupert.
  • Whale Watching Tour Whale-watching tour (late July to late September) in Prince Rupert.

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