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, you will embark on a the Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour operated by Sea Wolf Adventures or the Sea Wolf Adventures Wildlife and Cultural Expedition Tour. The following day, embark on a 7-hour Tour of San Josef Bay, operated by Cove Adventure 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 Cove Adventure 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.

Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour (available June 25 – October 15):

This incredible small-group experience provides an enlightening journey through the history and culture of BC’s coastal First Nations, while also bringing you face-to-face with the BC coast’s most iconic animals and landscapes. During the breathtaking trip up the coast to X?a??wika?n (Thompson Sound), your First Nations guide will point out bald eagles overhead, Pacific white-sided dolphins alongside the boat and even wolves roaming the beaches. Continuing along the Xakwikan River, you’ll be treated to traditional stories as you witness the awe-inspiring sight of grizzly bears fishing for wild salmon. The final leg of the trip passes historic Gwayasdams on Gilford Island en route to Broughton Archipelago and Queen Charlotte Strait, where humpback whales are a common sight.

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 Cove Adventure Tours takes place in Cape Scott Provincial Park. The tour is accessed by a sprinter ride from Port Hardy, followed by a stunning 45-minute trail hike. of the West Coast’s most iconic beaches. San Josef Bay has become world famous for its pristine sandy beaches. 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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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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††Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour is a 10-hour guided tour offered from June 25 to October 15, 2019


‡‡San Josef Bay Tour is a 7-hour guided tour offeredyear round. Tour includes lunch and transportation; must be in good physical condition.




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+ $49.81 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.
  • Bear Viewing Tour Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour by Sea Wolf Adventures (June 25 – October 15, 2019)††
  • Transportation/Tour San Josef Bay Tourr operated by Cove Adventure Tours‡‡
  • 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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