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North Island In-Depth

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Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Dates on Request

From

$6,695.00

Overview

Experience the road less travelled on northern Vancouver Island with this 8-day guided tour from Campbell River to Telegraph Cove, Alert Bay, and Port Hardy.

Our North Island In-Depth guided tour allows you to witness and learn about BC’s iconic wildlife and natural beauty while connecting with the region’s unique Indigenous cultures and history.

If you have any questions about this tour, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Are you looking for more travel inspiration in Western Canada? Check out our full range of guided tours in BC & the Yukon.

Highlights

  • Join local First Nations guides on a tour of the Broughton Archipelago in search of whales and grizzly bears, learning the ancient stories behind the scenery and the sustainable approach to wildlife viewing.
  • Spend an afternoon strolling the boardwalks of Telegraph Cove, a former fishing and cannery village.
  • Embrace the cultural mecca of Alert Bay with a visit to U’Mista Cultural Centre and the renowned potlatch collection; enjoy a performance by the T’sasala Cultural Group Dancers in the ‘Namgis Traditional Big House (Saturdays in July/Aug).
  • Embark on a full-day kayak excursion in the hands of expert guides; As we paddle through ocean coves and channels, embracing the quiet of our surroundings, we look out for nearby orca, humpback whales, sea lions, and other wildlife.
  • Experience the comfort and welcoming hospitality of the First Nations’ owned Kwa’Lilas Hotel, featuring authentic cuisine and art.
  • Journey to the north-western shores of Cape Scott Provincial Park to discover the picturesque beaches, sea stacks and caves of San Josef Bay.
  • Enjoy fresh, local seafood and cuisine.

The Route

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Day by Day Itinerary

Arrive to Campbell River | Optional sightseeing and local tours | Welcome Dinner | Overnight in Campbell River.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel (upgrade available) | Meals included: Dinner.
Hike in Elk Falls Provincial Park | Drive to Telegraph Cove (~2.5 hours) | Free time in Telegraph Cove to explore this historic town | Waterfront dinner featuring local seafood | Overnight in Telegraph Cove.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Join guided sea kayaking tour (full-day) | Paddle the Johnstone Strait and nearby islands | Dinner at leisure in Telegraph Cove.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Travel to Port McNeill and onward to the cultural mecca of Alert Bay | Visit the 'Namgis Traditional Big House & World's Tallest Totem Pole | Tour and free time at U'Mista Cultural Centre | Check in to family-run B&B | Dinner on-site.
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Indigenous-led Grizzly Bear & Whale Watching Tour in the Broughton Archipelago (full day) | Dinner at leisure in Alert Bay.
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Morning forest walk | Cedar weaving workshop | Packed lunch at the waterfront | Cultural dance performance in the Big House (Saturdays in July/Aug) | Travel to Port Hardy | Check-in to Kwa'Lilas Hotel & dinner on-site.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Guided full-day tour to San Josef Bay, Cape Scott Provincial Park | Lunch and free time on the beach | Farewell dinner in Port Hardy. Add-on/Alternative: Float plane tour over the Broughton Archipelago.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Free time to explore Port Hardy town | Visit Fort Rupert and Storey's Beach | Travel to Campbell River | Tour ends.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Included/Excluded

  • All accommodation for 7 nights, including 1 night in Campbell River, 2 nights in Telegraph Cove, 2 nights in Alert Bay, and 2 nights in Port Hardy. Mix of lodge, hotel and B&B.
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All activities & tours listed in the itinerary including: Sea kayaking from Telegraph Cove (full-day), Wildlife-viewing tour (full-day), San Josef Bay/Cape Scott Provincial Park tour (full-day), Tour of U'Mista Cultural Centre, Cedar weaving workshop, and Cultural dance performance (Saturdays in July & Aug)
  • All transportation from the start/end point of Campbell River in a comfortable passenger van
  • Ferry to/from Alert Bay
  • Gratuities for third-party service providers, including housekeeping
  • Keepsake coffee mug
  • Mosaic Earth guide(s) for the duration of the trip, including a driver, to provide local knowledge, interpretation, logistical expertise and support.
  • Additional meals & activities not listed
  • Flights to/from and within British Columbia
  • Travel insurance
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of your trip for Mosaic Earth guides

Dates & Rates

Join us on a private guided tour for groups of 2-10 travellers. Itineraries can be customized to your interests and budget. Enquire for more details.

You may also be interested in our custom Self-Drive Tours.

Tour Dates:

Dates on Request

Tour Rates:

Per Person (Group of 2)

$10,495

Per Person (Group of 6-10)

$6,695

Per Person (Group of 4)

$7,495

Based on double occupancy. Single supplement applicable. All prices are in Canadian dollars and subject to GST tax (5%).

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Guest Experience Specialist

Emma McLachlan

As a recent graduate with a Bachelors in Tourism Development, Emma has used her education and career opportunities to explore Canada, from coast to coast. Her previous experience in hotels, adventure guiding and travel consulting has relocated her to Lake Louise, Whistler, Montreal, Banff and Toronto.

Her exploration of the west coast ignited her love for adventure tourism, but also opened her eyes to the communities marginalized at the hands of the tourism industry. This flourished her passion for creating a more thoughtful relationship amongst tourism suppliers, local communities and tourists. With Mosaic Earth Travel, Emma is connecting her passions in regenerative tourism and travel.

Originally from Ontario, Emma’s various relocations exposed her to her favourite activities; including back-country camping and hiking, rollerblading, snowboarding, rock climbing and dreaming of her next adventure. Emma is based in Montreal, QC.

Photographer & Guide

Josh McGarel

An avid photographer for over twelve years, Josh has gained experience with local and international businesses, world-renowned athletes, and individuals to build professional content and brand presence across a variety of platforms.

He has worked on assignment for an expedition cruise operator as Photographer in Residence along the East Coast of Canada, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Here, Josh connected with his love of travel as he documented daily excursions, wildlife, and life onboard, and shared his knowledge of photography through presentations and workshops for passengers.

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Josh has lived in BC since 2014. He spends his time exploring the area by mountain bike and dreaming up crazy photo projects with friends.
Founder & Lead Guide

Pam McGarel

With a Masters of Science in International Development and Sustainable Tourism, Pam has dedicated her career to harnessing the power of travel to support the wellbeing of our planet and its people. She is an experienced guide, planner and project manager with a knack for logistics.

Prior to launching Mosaic Earth, Pam worked in sustainable tourism consulting where she helped develop a globally-recognized certification program for tourism businesses and destinations.

She has experience in public-private partnerships with a polar expedition cruise operator where she built relationships with world-leading field scientists, conservationists, and educators to facilitate their projects alongside the traveller experience. Pam is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Women Travel Leaders, and loves to connect with values-driven tourism professionals.

Originally from Ontario, Pam moved to BC in 2016 seeking outdoor adventure, with favourite activities including hiking, sea kayaking, snowboarding, and road trips around this beautiful province.