See the Orcas and bears at Farewell Harbour Lodge
Bears, whales and First Nations culture in the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
See the Orcas and bears at Farewell Harbour Lodge
4 Days MAY-AUG

The lodge is located in Farewell Harbour on Berry Island on 10 acres of beautifully forested land. Farewell Harbour is a beautiful protected anchorage along the famed inside passage route to Alaska and we may see the twinkling anchor lights of a few yachts moored further out in the bay in the evenings.

The primary lodge building and common area features a comfortable lounge and dining room, bar and a large brick fireplace surrounded by large windows and a wrap around deck boasting spectacular views of the harbour with its south and west exposure (great sunsets!).

The expansive decks continue as a boardwalk along the shore, leading to eight, private oceanside suites with ensuite bathrooms, a wood stove and 2 queen size beds. A ramp leads off the main lodge to our floating lodge below featuring four additional suites each with a private bathroom for twelve rooms in total. All lodge suites and common areas have unique design features incorporating natural cedar and local materials and art from the area that offer a distinctive, relaxing ‘west coast’ feel. An oceanside hot tub sits on the boardwalk between the lodge and guest suites.

Tour Highlights

Tour Information

    British Columbia, Canada

  • WHEN

    May to October

  • WHAT

    Nature and Wildlife


Make your own way to the South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport and board your plane to Campbell River. Once in Campbell River, a prepaid taxi/van will bring you to the floatplane terminal. Depart Campbell River aboard a float plane charter for the scenic 45 minute afternoon service to Farewell Harbour. Greet Farewell Harbour Lodge staff at the dock. Check in, receive welcome orientation and welcome appetisers. Relax, you’re here! After settling into accommodations, join an afternoon tour in search of marine wildlife in the waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Return to the lodge by 6pm. Buffet dinner at 7pm, followed by next day activity briefing. Evening presentation at 8pm on coastal ecology.

After breakfast, meet on the dock at 8am for first full day bear viewing adventure to one of our main grizzly viewing estuaries! Our bear viewing takes us to one of several estuaries where we view either from a zodiac or on foot depending on the tide. We do not use viewing platforms, preferring to view wildlife at eye level in their natural habitat. Return by 6pm; buffet dinner at 7pm followed by evening presentation on some aspect of Great Bear Rainforest, Bears or First Nations culture.

7am breakfast, then on the water at 8am for your choice of another bear viewing safari or a more extensive exploration of the the incredibly rich waters of Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Orcas typically return to these waters mid July although Humpbacks and other marine life can often be seen in May and June. Return by 6pm for dinner and evening program.

Choose from one of the following options: A half day sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge, a half day bear viewing safari, a half day marine tour, guided interpretive rainforest hike, or an interpretive visit to the world famous U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay to learn more about local First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw culture. Return to the lodge late morning for the return flights to Campbell River. Itineraries starting in Vancouver will end with a flight from Campbell River to Vancouver.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices and Inclusions
    16 May – 31 Jul 3,686 5,268 3,385 2,272
    01 Aug – 17 Oct 3,875 5,548 3,546 2,377

    Prices are per person in AUD and include all taxes.

    Package Includes:

    • Round-trip airfare from Vancouver to Campbell River
    • Transfers between Campbell River airport and the floatplane terminal
    • Round-trip airfare from Campbell River to Farewell Harbour Lodge
    • 3 nights accommodations with private ensuite and shower
    • Welcome briefing and orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 4
    • All transportation on all wildlife excursions
    • Marine tour excursion on arrival day
    • One full day excursion to one of our grizzly viewing areas
    • One full day on marine tour excursion
    • Half day optional excursion for bear viewing, marine tour or sea kayaking on departure day
    • Evening guide presentations/slide shows
    • BC Provincial hotel tax & carbon offset fee
    • Vancouver departures include roundtrip airfare from Vancouver to Campbell River and transfer to floatplane terminal

    Not included:

    • Return transfer from Campbell River Airport to the floatplane terminal (Campbell River departure only)
    • Items of a personal nature while at the lodge (laundry, alcoholic beverages except wine with dinner)
    • Gratuity for staff (recommended $30.00 per day per guest for the duration of stay)


    • Minimum child age is 10 years.
    • 5, 6 or 7 day all-inclusive packages available with additional days spent marine mammal viewing, on bear safaris, sea kayaking, First Nations cultural site visits or a host of other options
    • Please note that there is a $185 change fee for reservation date changes or name changes.
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