Trip length: 8 days / 7 nights
Start/end: Campbell River
Towns: Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, Port Hardy
Group size: 4-8 people
Price: $6,495 per person
Experience the road less travelled on northern Vancouver Island with this 8-day tour from Campbell River to Telegraph Cove, Alert Bay, and Port Hardy. Witness BC's iconic wildlife and natural beauty while connecting to the unique Indigenous cultures and history of the region.
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.
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, arts and cultural activities.
Journey to the north-western shores of Cape Scott Provincial Park to discover the picturesque beaches, sea stacks and caves of San Josef Bay.
Join local guides on a tour of the West Queen Charlotte Strait in search of whales and grizzly bears, learning the ancient stories behind the scenery and the sustainable approach to wildlife viewing.
Enjoy fresh, local seafood and cuisine, from the first night at a picturesque beach-front bistro, to freshly caught salmon on the BBQ.
Unwind and reflect on your experiences with morning yoga, quiet walks on the beach, and evening campfires.
Activities On This Trip
Hotels & B&Bs
Cultural imagery use courtesy of U'Mista Cultural Centre, Culture Shock Gallery, and T'sasala Cultural Group.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
The following itinerary is meant as a guide, and is subject to change. Factors such as weather, availability, and closures due to COVID-19 may impact certain activities. Contact us for more details.
DAY 1: Meet in Campbell River | 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: Dinner.
DAYS 2 - 3: Travel to the cultural mecca of Alert Bay | Cultural dance performance in the Big House | Private tour of the U'Mista Cultural Centre | Cedar weaving workshop | Free time to explore the waterfront & town | Hike through the Ecological Gardens | Overnights in Alert Bay. Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast | Meals included: Breakfast on Day 3; Lunch and Dinner both days.
DAY 4: Boat shuttle to Telegraph Cove | Join guided sea kayaking tour | Paddle the Johnstone Strait and nearby islands | Overnight in Alert Bay. Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
DAY 5: Travel to Port Hardy | Visit Fort Rupert and Storey's Beach | Forest and estuary hiking | Optional float plane tour over the Broughton Archipelago | Overnight in Port Hardy. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 6: Guided full-day tour to San Josef Bay, Cape Scott Provincial Park | Lunch and afternoon on the beach | Overnight in Port Hardy. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
DAY 7: Whale watching tour in Queen Charlotte Strait (full day) | Farewell reception & group dinner | Overnight in Port Hardy. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 8: Optional morning yoga | Free time to explore Port Hardy town | Travel to Campbell River | Tour ends. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
This trip is designed for...
Adults and youth age 12+ with interests in outdoor adventure, wildlife, and Indigenous culture and history. Basic mobility and moderate fitness level is recommended. Must be comfortable walking/hiking on light trails for 1-2 hours, and paddling for 2-3 hours at a time. No previous experience in sea kayaking necessary. Guests must be comfortable spending full days outdoors in potentially inclement weather.
DATES + PRICES
July 13 - 20, 2023
Per person: $6,495
Private groups: from $5,695/person for groups of 8
Single supplement: $915
Looking for a private tour? We offer private tours for groups of 4 or more travellers between June and September, based on availability. Itineraries can be customized based on the group's interests and budget.
Interested in a self-guided tour? See North Island In-Depth Self-Guided.
All prices in Canadian dollars. GST tax (5%) not included.
8 days / 7 nights
All accommodation for 7 nights, including 1 night at a lodge in Telegraph Cove, 3 nights at a bed and breakfast in Alert Bay, and 3 nights at a hotel in Port Hardy.
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners.
All activities listed in the itinerary, including sea kayaking, day tours to Cape Scott Provincial Park and wildlife viewing on the Queen Charlotte Strait, cultural activities and events, and more.
All transportation from the start/end point of Campbell River in a comfortable 15-passenger van.
Mosaic Earth guide(s) for the duration of the trip, including a driver, to provide local knowledge, interpretation, logistical expertise and support.
Additional meals not listed
Flights to/from and within British Columbia
A voluntary gratuity at the end of your trip for Mosaic Earth guides
Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, medications, snacks, and souvenirs
Optional add-on activities pre/post trip, and during free time in Port Hardy
The trip commences from Campbell River - beginning around noon on the first day. Mosaic Earth guides meet the group at a central location with our 15-passenger van, or can pick the group up directly from the airport or local hotel.
If travelling via air into BC, we recommend booking a connecting flight from Vancouver International Airport to Campbell River via Pacific Coastal Airlines, and arriving one night prior to the trip start date. We can provide recommended hotel options in Campbell River.
At the end of the trip, the group will arrive back in Campbell River by early- to mid-afternoon. If guests wish to continue their journey on land, we recommend renting a car in Campbell River (Budget and National are available) to allow the time and flexibility to keep exploring the region. Campbell River, Courtenay and Comox have a range of beautiful parks for hiking, beaches and water activities, and delicious seafood restaurants and wineries to explore. Other popular destinations on Vancouver Island include Tofino and Victoria. Our team can provide suggestions for pre/post adventures based on preferences.