Farewell Harbour Lodge

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Floating Lodge Wildlife and Whale Watching Wilderness Retreat

Farewell Harbour Lodge is a floating retreat situated in the pristine enviornment of the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest, on the coast of British Columbia. In spring the local population of Grizzly bears slowly awakens from its hibernation ready to feed on new plant growth. As the season progresses they make their way to the streams where they feast on swathes of salmon. This wildlife watching holiday is a small-scale experience bringing you close to BC's wildlife with the help of your expert guides. During the adventure, you'll take to the crystal clear waters looking for ocean giants such as Humpback whales, orca, and minke whales as they feed in the fjord. You’ll also have the chance to photograph grizzly bears and black bears as well local birdlife.Guests can also immerse themselves in an authentic First Nations culute, learning about the rich culture of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations. The final program will be tailored to suit your interests. 

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

The lodge adventure begins from Campbell River. At the airport you’ll be welcomed by your hosts from Farewell Harbour Lodge and transferred to the floatplane base for your flight to the floating lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will be welcomed by accommodating hosts, before being served appetisers before your first chance to enjoy wildlife viewing by boat. Your guided excursion travels to the picturesque Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight Ecological Reserve.

You’ll return to the lodge for a gourmet buffet dinner with fellow guests. There is a relaxed and informal atmosphere at the lodge and mealtimes are often a great time to share stories. The evenings programme vary throughout the season with various presentations and talks covering many aspects of coastal ecology.

Staying at: Farewell Harbour Lodge



DAY 2:

Today you'll board the cruiser boat for your small group adventure. Today's adventure travels to on the main grizzly bear viewing estuaries! Travel by zodiac, remaining on the lookout and being camera ready for your first sighting. On some excursions you may got out of the boat and navigate the shore by foot. The lodge does not use viewing platforms, instead preferring to view wildlife at eye level in their natural habitat. Your local hosts will offer interpretive guidance to help you learn about the local nature and ecosystems. All weather gear and flotation suits are provided.

Return to the lodge late in the afternoon, enjoying a home cooked meal with fellow guest. Tonight's presentation may cover topics such as the Great Bear Rainforest, Bears or First Nations culture.

DAY 3:

A second full day of wildlife-watching awaits you today. Perhaps you’ll witness the wonderful moment when a whale breaches the surface of the water, or perhaps you’ll spot a grizzly bear on the hunt for prey. Today you will have the 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.

DAY 4:

After a final breakfast, it is back out into the boats for a few more hours wildlife viewing before returning late morning for a hearty brunch. Early afternoon departure by floatplane back to Campbell River. Please get in touch with our team to tailor your very own adventure to Farewell Harbour Lodge. Longer stays and flights from Vancouver can easily be tailored to suit your needs.

Adventure Options on Departure Day
Half Day Sea Kayaking Grab a paddle and join guides on an excursion on the crystal clear waters surrounding the lodge.
Guided Interpretive Rainforest Hike . breath in the fresh air on this guided hike of Berry Island. Your interpretive guide will highlight the diverse flora and fauna of the region, as well as coastal ecology
Half Day Marine Tour With easy access to the world’s largest concentration of orcas, the diverse waters offer a high quality whale watching experience. On this excursion you may also view other wildlife including bears, eagles and dolphins.
First Nations Cultural Trip Join an interpretive visit to the world famous U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay to learn more about local First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw culture.

PRICE

From £2595 per person, based on two sharing (excluding international flights)

£2595.00 GBP roughly converts to: 2,855 EUR | 3,399 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.

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Price Includes

  • Return floatplane from Campbell River to Farewell Harbour Lodge
  • Three nights accommodation at Farewell Harbour Lodge
  • Welcome orientation to lodge and wildlife viewing
  • Interpretive guide on all excursions
  • All meals and snacks
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • All non-alcoholic beverages
  • 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
  • All-weather gear, including Coast Guard approved floatation suit

 

All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your personalised travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration 

Price Excludes

  • Non-resident fishing license
  • Gratuity

 

Please note that the final order of the program is subject to availability and change based on local weather conditions and wildlife activity.

Additional Info

DATES

This trip has fixed departure dates

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Campbell River (YBL)

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