Port Hardy Wildlife Experience 3 nights

Get up close with BC's magnificent wildlife and discover local First Nations culture during this immersive 3-night experience. Your journey starts with a sailing from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. From Nanaimo, embark on a picturesque 4-hour drive up island to Port Hardy, where you'll check into the Kwa'Lilas Hotel.

The Kwa'Lilas Hotel showcases the history, culture and passion of the local Gwa'sala Nakwakda'xw people through it's design, decor and offerings. The building makes extensive use of local cedar and the design is meant to resemble the traditional big house style with a smoke hole at the top of the building. Traditionally, when visitors see smoke coming from a big house, it means welcome.  

During your stay, experience two unique tours. On your first full day in Port Hardy, choose from the Wildlife and Cultural Expedition or the Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour. Both of these tours are operated by Sea Wolf Adventures. The following day, embark on a 7-hour Tour of San Josef Bay, operated by K'awat'si Tours. This tour takes place on Tlatlasikwala Traditional Territory, and includes convenient pick-up and drop-off at the Kwa'Lilas Hotel.

On day 4, enjoy a leisurely drive back to the Departure Bay ferry terminal, where you'll board the ferry for a scenic 100-minute sailing back to Horseshoe Bay.

 

Top 5 things to do

  • Admire various wildlife during the Sea Wolf Adventures Tour
  • Explore San Josef Bay operated by K'awat'si Tours
  • Visit the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre
  • Discover the archives at the Port Hardy Museum
  • Visit the Scarlett Point Lighthouse

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

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Port Hardy

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

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

Depart from Horseshoe Bay for a scenic 100-minute BC Ferries voyage across the Strait of Georgia to Departure Bay where you’ll embark on a picturesque 4-hour drive to Port Hardy.  Along the way, you can stop to explore the coastal communities of Parksville and Campbell River. Upon arrival in Port Hardy, check in to your room then head out to explore the hotel’s amenities and surrounding area.

Day 2

Day 2 - Port Hardy

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

On your first full day in Port Hardy, discover the majestic wildlife that calls this area home on a Sea Wolf Adventures excursion. Depending on the time of year, choose from the Wildlife and Cultural Expedition or the Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour.

 

Wildlife & Cultural Expedition (available June 1 – Sept 30):

Depart from Telegraph Cove and venture into the heart of traditional First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North on the 4-hour Wildlife and Cultural Expedition. Combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing while you experience the elements on a fast-paced zodiac tour that will put you at one with nature.

 

 

Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour (available July 1 – October 10):

The 10-hour Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour departs from Port McNeill where you’ll start your journey into the beautiful X?a??wika?n (Thompson Sound). A local First Nations guide will take you on a tour through the awe-inspiring waterways of their people’s traditional territories. Reconnect with nature while viewing grizzly bears in an intimate and immersive setting. After an adventurous day, you will return to Kwa’Lilas Hotel to relax in anticipation of another day of cultural exploring.

Day 3

Day 3 - Port Hardy

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

The  7-hour San Josef Bay Tour operated by K’awat’si Tours takes place in Cape Scott Provincial Park. The tour is accessed by a mini-sprinter ride from Port Hardy, followed by a stunning 45-minute trail hike. On this tour, you will learn about Tlatlasikwala First Nations history and the interconnected story of the First Nations people and early Danish settlers, who also occupied one of the West Coast’s most iconic beaches. San Josef Bay has become world famous for its pristine sandy beaches and its stately rock stack formations, set against a backdrop of ruggedly beautiful coastal wilderness. Wildlife sightings are common and can include grey whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, wolves, bears, cougars, deer, elk and eagles.

Day 4

Day 4 - Port Hardy to Vancouver

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

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

Depart Port Hardy and embark on a leisurely drive back to Departure Bay, where you will board the ferry and enjoy a 100-minute sailing back to Horseshoe Bay.

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Day 1 - Vancouver to Port Hardy

Legend

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  • Driving Route
  • Ferry Route

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.

The directions displayed are directly via Google Maps and are subject to Google Maps Terms and Conditions. 

Notes

††Wildlife and Cultural Tour is a 4-hour guided tour offered from June 1 – September 30, 2017; Grizzly Tour is a 10-hour guided tour offered from July 1 – October 10, 2017 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks; must be in good physical condition.

 

 

‡‡San Josef Bay Tour is a 7-hour guided tour offered from May 1 – September 30, 2017. Tour includes lunch and transportation; must be in good physical condition.

 


 

 

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+ $34.88 GST. Per person based on double occupancy. Includes ferry & accommodation. Surcharges may apply.

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Package includes

  • Accommodation Three nights’ accommodation at the Kwa'Lilas Hotel in a Standard Queen Room; max. 4 ppl.
  • Adventure Wildlife and Cultural Tour or Full Day Grizzly Bear Tour††
  • Transportation/Tour San Josef Bay Tourr‡‡
  • Parking Included Complimentary parking for BC Ferries Vacations guests
  • Ferry Round trip on BC Ferries from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island for two adults and one car

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