Vancouver Island’s Wildside with Canadian Geographic

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7 Days
Availability : July 21, 2024
Port Hardy, BC
Port Hardy, BC
Tour Details

Vancouver Island’s Wild Side (Northwest) with Canadian Geographic

7 Days | Port Hardy Roundtrip | Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Explore Vancouver Island’s rugged and beautiful north coast with local guides, Indigenous hosts, and an expert in history or geography from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Go beyond our classic Wild Side itinerary and dive deeper into learning about weather systems and local culture.

Prices from $8,670 CAD per person based on double occupancy

Departs July 21, 2024 

Departure Location

Port Hardy

End Location

Port Hardy

Price Includes

  • All accommodation and warm hospitality on a boutique ship
  • All shore trips, wildlife viewing, & zodiac excursions guided by an expert, knowledgeable crew, naturalist, & guides
  • All cultural site visits, & all additional local guides, plus all permits and fees
  • All meals & snacks, prepared freshly by our chef, highlighting local specialties
  • All beverages, including coffee, tea, juice, soda, filtered water, wine, & craft beer.

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's, if required
  • International flights
  • Crew gratuities
  • Sustainability fee of $200

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

Brooks Peninsula (a glacial refugium), Solander Island (home to puffins), Kyuquot Sound (including sea otters and the village of Kyuquot), lush inlets and sandy beaches, as well as a cruise around the northernmost tip (Cape Sutil) and on the protected eastern coast.

Wildlife includes otters, black bears, whales, sea lions, and seabirds.

This trip is for those who love to adventure beyond the norm. It explores a mostly un-roaded area. You’ll walk in the rainforest, beachcomb on the sand, boat into wild creeks that empty into the sea, and cruise around Brooks Peninsula, which juts out almost to the offshore continental shelf.

Seven miles off Brooks, the coastal world changes to the oceanic one, and on a fair day we might cruise to the shelf, where the ocean turns from green to blue, and wildlife goes to feed in the upwelling (albatross, puffins, fulmars, dolphins).

This trip takes place in the traditional territories of Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.

We’ll explore indigenous culture and history with our friends from the village of Kyuquot, just a little bit north of Yuquot, or Friendly Cove, where in 1778 the English captain Cook was the first European to step onto what is now British Columbia.

  • Beautiful vistas of one of BC's most breathtaking fjords
  • Hike from the beach, along rivers and waterfalls, to BC's warmest lakes
  • Visit one of BC's most prolific bird sanctuaries
  • Wildlife viewing, including seals, sea lions, whales, and bears!
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Sample Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1Start Journey

Welcome aboard, orientation, exploring “hanging rainforest gardens” or abundant intertidal life onshore. Optional evening kayak, Quatsino Sound. Cruising to Klaskish and East Creek. Bear viewing, shore walk in East Creek meadow and along river. Evening lecture.

Day 2Cruising around the wild Brooks Peninsula

Cruising around the wild Brooks Peninsula. Weather permitting, cruising the continental shelf region, where seabirds (albatross, puffins) and marine mammals forage. Wildlife viewing. Solander Island (from the water), an ecological reserve for puffins. Anchorage and remote beach exploration.

Day 3Rainforest and beach walks

Rainforest and beach walks. Optional morning kayak. Anchorage in Nesparti Inlet. Exploring beautiful Nesparti Inlet by boat and on land. Geography lecture.

Day 4Kyuquot Sound exploration

Kyuquot Sound exploration, sea otter viewing, visit village of Kyuquot. Special guest visit.

Day 5Exploration of offshore group of islands and Rugged Point

Exploration of offshore group of islands and Rugged Point with sandy beaches and salal-rich headlands. Heading north around Brooks Peninsula. Evening anchorage in Vancouver Island inlet, and exploring ashore. Possible black bear viewing, creek and meadow exploration.

Day 6Cruising and exploring the Cape Scott area

Cruising and exploring the Cape Scott area, rounding Vancouver Island’s northern tip. Bear viewing

Day 7Whale watching on Vancouver Island’s northeast side; Disembarkation

Whale watching on Vancouver Island’s northeast side, and cruising to Port Hardy


Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value

Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.