Exertion: Very Easy Days: 5 Nights: 4
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5 Days, 4 Nights.

Explore pristine waters and wilderness areas to see Orcas (“killer whales”) and grizzly bears off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. This self-guided wildlife tour is designed to provide you with authentic wildlife and cultural experiences while staying on a remote island in the Northern Gulf Islands. This area sports sheltered waters and plentiful land and marine life, including the largest population of orcas in western North America. At the end of the Strait lies Knight Inlet, home to a thriving population of grizzly bears.

During the course of your three full days on Cormorant Island, one day will be occupied by whale watching and another day will focus on a grizzly bear viewing tour. We’ve set aside a third day to explore the Village of Alert Bay (pop. 1,200), one of the few remaining authentic coastal communities on the west coast of British Columbia. Day 1 and 5 are occupied by return transportation to Alert Bay from Vancouver or Victoria (included).

You’ll be treated with a high level of service at the four room inn and will also be afforded time to explore the colourful village that is Alert Bay. Overlooking Johnstone Strait, the log lodge offers panoramic views of sunsets, mountains, local marine traffic and sometimes pods of orcas. A large common room and sundeck are favourite places for guests to gather, converse and dine. From the lodge, Alert Bay Village is two kilometres along the ocean-front road. On the way, you’ll pass the ‘Namgis Burial Grounds. From the Village the U’Mista Cultural Centre, Big Tree Trail and Ecological Gardens are short walks away.

5 Days, 5 Nights. Explore pristine waters and wilderness areas to see Orcas ("killer whales") and grizzly bears off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. This self-guided wildlife tour is designed to provide you with authentic wildlife and cultural experiences while staying on a remote island in the Northern Gulf Islands. This area sports sheltered waters and plentiful land and marine life, including the largest population of orcas in western North America. At the end of the Strait lies Knight Inlet, home to a thriving population of grizzly bears.

During the course of your three full days on Cormorant Island, one day will be occupied by whale watching and another day will focus on a grizzly bear viewing tour. We've set aside a third day to explore the Village of Alert Bay (pop. 1,200), one of the few remaining authentic coastal communities on the west coast of British Columbia. Day 1 and 5 are occupied by return transportation to Alert Bay from Vancouver or Victoria (included).

You'll be treated with a high level of service at the four room inn and will also be afforded time to explore the colourful village that is Alert Bay. Overlooking Johnstone Strait, the log lodge offers panoramic views of sunsets, mountains, local marine traffic and sometimes pods of orcas. A large common room and sundeck are favourite places for guests to gather, converse and dine. From the lodge, Alert Bay Village is two kilometres along the ocean-front road. On the way, you'll pass the 'Namgis Burial Grounds. From the Village the U'Mista Cultural Centre, Big Tree Trail and Ecological Gardens are short walks away.

Please note:

  • Once you book, we provide you with comprehensive predeparture information.
  • In order to obtain the price quoted, we recommend booking at least 90 days in advance. Otherwise, additional charges for higher airfare may apply.
  • Orcas are classified as either transient or resident. The resident whales return to the Johnstone Straight area in late June and stay in the area to feed all summer long. This is the best time to see Orcas.

4 nights accommodation, bed and breakfast style.

Here’s a few of our client’s favourite hotels in Vancouver:

Budget accommodation can be found at YWCA Hotel

This property offers 5% off on all rooms for your pre and post accommodation if you reference Midnight Sun Travel in an email to hotel@ywcavan.org.

In Victoria we recommend:

By commercial flight to Port Hardy, taxi to Port McNeill and then by a small coastal ferry to Alert Bay. Grizzly bear viewing and whale watching occur by motor boat which pick up at a dock just down from the lodge. The return leg to Vancouver includes a taxi to Port Hardy and a commercial flight to Vancouver.

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner.

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  • Pricing Name Single Room Shoulder Season - Incurs a supplement fee of $720 on top of the base fee $2995 per person. If you do not mind sharing, you can request a bunkie for the double occupancy rate.
    Start Saturday 18 September 2021
    End Saturday 18 September 2021
    1 - 10 Guest
     

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  • Pricing Name Double Room Shoulder Season - Per person in a room for 2 people
    Start Saturday 18 September 2021
    End Saturday 18 September 2021
    1 - 6 Guest
     

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  • Pricing Name Single Room High Season - Incurs a supplement fee of $720 on top of the base fee $3195 per person. If you do not mind sharing, you can request a bunkie for the double occupancy rate.
    Start Saturday 18 September 2021
    End Saturday 18 September 2021
    1 - 10 Guest
     

    Sold Out!

  • Pricing Name Double Room High Season - Per person in a room for 2 people
    Start Saturday 18 September 2021
    End Saturday 18 September 2021
    2 - 6 Guest
     

    Sold Out!

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This is a sightseeing tour. Restrictions on our wildlife excursions include those 8 years of age or younger and women in their final tri-semester. Days 2,3,4 and interchangeable and activities such as the bear watching can be changed right up to the night before the tour due to weather, tour operator logistics and other unseen circumstances.