A Grizzly Bear at Knight Inlet
Northern Vancouver Island is home to an abundance of wildlife. One of the highest concentration of Orcas in the world roams the waters and grizzly bears feed on swimming salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest. Explore this rugged coastline on a sea kayaking expedition or venture out on a journey in search of bears with local First Nations guides. This is a remote place where nature thrives and Mother Nature still reigns.
Stroll along the boardwalk at Telegraph Cove, one of the last surviving – and best... Read more preserved – of BC’s traditional coastal fishing villages. Among the brightly painted houses, built on pilings over the water, is the Whale Interpretive Centre, home to a 18-m/60-ft-long fin whale skeleton.
Explore the village then tuck into a plate of alder smoked salmon at the Killer Whale Cafe. Stay the night in a boardwalk cabin, a suite in the manor house, or even in an extension of the village’s old floating hospital.
Alert Bay is a remarkable Aboriginal cultural destination steeped in history, natural beauty and... Read more living tradition. Located on the south side of Cormorant Island, Alert Bay sits on the edge of Vancouver Island's Inside Passage, a famously wild and scenic ecotourism mecca of mountains, islands and ocean. The internationally renowned U'mista Cultural Centre showcases a remarkable collection of potlatch regalia, celebrating the culture and traditions of a local First Nations community that is millennia old.
The famed “Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago” is surrounded by the staggering... Read more grandeur of mountains, rainforest and the islands of the archipelago – part of the larger Great Bear Rainforest. Whale watching, hiking, and sea kayaking adventures are in abundance and First Nations culture thrives in this small community on the northeast side of Vancouver Island.
The last bastion of civilization, remote and wild north end of Vancouver Island. An abundance of... Read more wildlife thrives in the coastal water, wilderness parks and woodland habitats. The gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest on the mainland and where travellers can hop aboard ferries destined for Alaska.
See the ocean’s biggest attraction at Telegraph Cove, where approximately 265 Orcas populate nearby Johnstone Strait between Vancouver Island and the mainland. In summer, Orcas (killer whales) congregate to feed on returning salmon. Whale-watching boats and kayak tours can take you from Telegraph Cove, Port McNeil and Alert Bay to see these magnificent mammals in their natural habitat. And don’t miss Telegraph Cove's Whale Interpretive Centre, set in one of the village’s historic boardwalk buildings.
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View priceless First Nations treasures at the U’mista Cultural Centre. In the tiny village of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, 45 minutes by ferry from Port McNeill, this striking building is home to the world-renowned Potlatch Collection. The collection spent much of the last century in the likes of the Smithsonian Museum and the British Museum. These treasures and artifacts, including masks and ceremonial objects, are now preserved and displayed in a traditional Big House-style building on Alert Bay’s waterfront.
Activities nearby can include; whale watching, salmon fishing...
Travel by land, air and sea: getting to Vancouver Island is a journey in itself. BC Ferries has... Read more three routes that offer regular service between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Travel by car to reach Northern Vancouver Island is the simplest route. Travelling via Highway 19 from Victoria or Nanaimo, through Campbell River and up to Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill or Port Hardy.
The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...
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