Northern Vancouver Island Experience

West-coast Wildlife

4 days | British Columbia

This northern tip of Vancouver Island excursion offers a combination of ocean-inspired wilderness tours along with hands on cultural experiences associated with the diverse Indigenous peoples of this region.

Start Price

$1,170 per person*

Duration

4 days

Region

British Columbia

Activity Level

Easy

Availability

May - September

Northern Vancouver Island Experience Itinerary

Kwa'lilas Hotel

San Josef Bay Hike

Sea Wolf Adventures Zodiac Expedition

ha'me Restaurant

Region: British Columbia

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Flight from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Port Hardy Airport (YZT)
Restaurant Reservation at Dine at Ha'me' Restaurant

Enjoy the hospitality at our restaurant where local, Aboriginal-inspired west coast cuisine is served daily. Begin your meal with starters or share plates like our unique ‘Blunden Harbour Roll’. Then choose from casual fare or main events such as ‘Poyi (Halibut Burger) or Roasted Tiq’wa’s (elk loin); Open for lunch and dinner. 

Website: HameRestaurant.ca
Check in: Kwa’lilas Hotel (3 Nights)

Kwa’lilas hotel is port hardy’s premier first nation’s destination hotel, offering 85 guestrooms and a curated selection of authentic local aboriginal arts and culture 

The Kwa’lilas Hotel was built by our very own k’awat’si Construction company. 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. 

You will find many expressions of our culture throughout the hotel including masks and designs by our artists. This is our way of us sharing our history and our legends and opening up our hearts to welcome you to the North Island. Gila’kasla!

Website: KwalilasHotel.ca

Day 2

Cove Adventure Tours: San Josef Bay Day Hike

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing things to see at San Josef Bay are the sea stacks. These are ocean-eroded sea stacks that have developed over time from water surging through the sandy passages at high tide slowly eroding the softer rock, leaving behind only the harder formations. Our small & intimate group sizes make exploring the beach and sea stacks fun and informative. Our knowledgeable guides will lead guests to the areas of interest and provide interpretation and tidal pool walks.

The San Josef Bay hiking tour begins with a comfortable drive in our passenger van from Port Hardy to the Cape Scott parking lot. During the drive always make sure to keep your eyes peeled as there is a good chance of seeing black bears, black-tail deer, eagles and other wildlife. Upon leaving Port Hardy we will be travelling on active logging roads and will pass through the historic logging town of Holberg.

Website: www.CoveAdventureTours.com

Day 3

Zodiac Expedition: Sea Wolf Adventures

Sea Wolf Adventures guides your journey to ancient places in a manner that honours the values of First Nations people who live here. Sea Wolf Adventures, based out of Port McNeill, connects travellers to destinations in the Broughton Archipelago and surrounding areas for personal travel, charters, freight and local First Nations cultural tours.

During the exhilarating zodiac expedition you will discover the home of orca, humpback, grey and minke whales. Watch them feed, spout and breach while we wait at a respectful distance from the whales and keep an eye out for other wildlife; from eagles that soar across our bow to seals, sea lions and porpoises swimming in the waters surrounding us.

The mandate of the U’mista Cultural Society is to ensure the survival of all aspects of the cultural heritage of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw.

One of the objectives of the Society was the development of a facility to carry out the aims of the society. The present facility was opened in November of 1980. The focus of the permanent collection is the “Potlatch Collection”. The other permanent exhibits on display include description of the traditional ethnobiology of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and origin stories of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw villages, as well as, historical and contemporary Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw objects. Traveling exhibits of significance to the community are also displayed.

Website: SeaWolfAdventures.ca

Day 4

Tour: U'mista Cultural Centre

The mandate of the U’mista Cultural Society is to ensure the survival of all aspects of the cultural heritage of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw. 

One of the objectives of the Society was the development of a facility to carry out the aims of the society. The present facility was opened in November of 1980. The focus of the permanent collection is the “Potlatch Collection”. The other permanent exhibits on display include description of the traditional ethnobiology of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and origin stories of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw villages, as well as, historical and contemporary Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw objects. Traveling exhibits of significance to the community are also displayed. 

Website: Umista.ca
Flight from Port Hardy Airport (YZT) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

What's Included

This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:

  • Kwa’lilas Hotel & ha’me’ Restaurant: owned by k’awat’ski Economic Development Corporation of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations
  • Cove Adventures Tours
  • Sea Wolf Adventures: owned and operated by Mike Willie of the Musgamakw Dzawada‘enuxw First Nation
  • Umista Cultural Centre: operated by the U’Mista Cultural Society, members of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw

Package includes:

  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation
  • San Josef Bay Day Hike
  • Zodiac wildlife viewing excursion
  • 1 dinner at Hame restaurant
  • Return airfare between Vancouver and Port Hardy
  • 3 days self drive car rental
  • Comprehensive documentation package including driving instructions and stops of interest along the way

* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.

** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.

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