port hardy bc tours

Whales, Otters, and Grizzly Bears Package​

Coastal Rainforest Safaris has teamed up with Sea Wolf Adventures to offer a true Northern Vancouver Island getaway experience. Our Whales, Otters, and Grizzly Bears package combines our six hour Sea Otter Viewing and Whale Watching tour from Port Hardy, a day of grizzly bear viewing from Port McNeill with Sea Wolf Adventures, and two nights accommodation at the Kwa’lilas Hotel in Port Hardy.

Itinerary and What’s Included

Travel to Port Hardy and check-in at the  Kwa’lilas Hotel .

  • Double occupancy in a double queen room.

Check-in at Coastal Rainforest Safaris office in Port Hardy at 9:30 to join your six hour  Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing tour. Our office is a one minute drive or 10 minute walk from the Kwa’lilas Hotel.

Tour Details

  • Passengers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Tours depart from Coastal Rainforest Safari’s office at 7185 Market Street in Port Hardy, BC on Northern Vancouver Island.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour’s departure time to be outfitted in floater suits and sign a  waiver . At the office, your guide will provide a safety briefing plus an overview of the tour and area we will be exploring. The boat is docked a short one minute walk from our office.
  • Our open RHIB vessels have comfortable seats on shock mitigating platforms and an on-board toilet.
  • RHIBs are not suitable for people with a history of back or neck injuries, recent surgery, or are pregnant.
  • Please dress warmly. You will be provided with two-piece flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars.
  • Plenty of wildlife photography opportunities are available but please do not bring tripods on board.
  • Lunch and warm drinks are provided on our 5 ½ to 6 hour tours.

That evening  – return to the  Kwa’lilas Hotel .

  • Six hour Sea Otter Viewing and Whale Watching tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris
  • Two-piece flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars
  • Lunch and warm drinks are provided on the sea otter and whale watching tour

Check out of the Kwa’lilas Hotel early and drive 30 minutes to Port McNeill to join Sea Wolf Adventures. Check-in at the Sea Wolf office at 6:30 am for your 8 to 9 hour Grizzly Bears of the Wild  tour

  • Minimum age of 10 years old. All passengers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Tours depart from Sea Wolf Adventures’ office at 1514 Broughton Blvd., Port McNeil on Northern Vancouver Island.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour’s 7:00 am departure time to sign a  waiver .   At the office, your guide will provide a safety briefing plus an overview of the tour and area we will be exploring. The boat is docked a short one minute walk from our office.
  • Sea Wolf’s office is a 35 minute drive from the Kwa’lilas Hotel in Port Hardy. If you don’t have your own transportation you can schedule a taxi with  Waivin Flags Taxi .
  • Please dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.
  • A light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided

That evening  – travel home, or if you prefer one more night at the  Kwa’lilas Hotel  just let us know and we will arrange it for you.

  • Eight to nine hour Grizzly Bears of the Wild tour with Sea Wolf Adventures
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided on the grizzly bear tour

Capturing moments between two indigenous gems; Coastal Rainforest Safaris and Sea Wolf Adventures!

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Places to Eat in Port Hardy Cafe Guido’s Sporty’s Bar and Grill ha’me’ (food) nax’id’ (drink)

Additional Activities in Port Hardy and Northern Vancouver Island The website  www.vancouverislandnorth.ca  provides lots of suggestions for things to do and places to stay and below we have compiled some of our favourites.

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre   (Port Hardy) Copper Maker Gallery  (Port Hardy) Cove Adventure Tours  (Port Hardy) k’awat’si Tours  (Port Hardy) Sea Wolf Adventures  (Port McNeill) Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures  (Port McNeill) U’mista Cultural Centre  (Alert Bay)

Our Package Partners

Coastal Rainforest Safaris - Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing

Climb aboard our vessel and step into a world of rugged and untamed coastal waters and shorelines. Under the surface or around the next cove, nature awaits to inspire and amaze. Experience and connect with the diverse species of wildlife that inspired the myths and legends of the local First Nations, from the giant humpback whale, to rafts of sea otters, and the vast rookeries of Stellar sea lions.

Sea Wolf Adventures - Grizzly Bear Viewing

Experience our beautiful territories, while enjoying the comfortable touches of a luxury tour, guided by Indigenous experts who share the truth behind our travels through the beautiful Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest in Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Join us for grizzly bear tours and whale watching, combined with cultural experiences, for a truly unique Aboriginal adventure in Western Canada.

Kwa'lilas Hotel

Gila’kasla! Welcome to Kwa’lilas Hotel, Port Hardy’s premier, First Nations Destination Hotel.  Kwa’lilas is a kwak’wala word used by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people  meaning a place to sleep. A group of Elders chose this word in hopes that travelers and guests would find a peaceful rest after a day of exploration on the Northern Vancouver Island.

Sea Wolf Adventures - Grizzly Bear Viewing

Whales, Otters, and Grizzly Bears Package

Searching for a multi-day safari? We’ve teamed up with Coastal Rainforest Safaris to offer the ultimate Northern Vancouver Island getaway. Combining two popular wildlife tours with two nights at the Kwa’lilas Hotel in Port Hardy, this Whales, Otters, and Grizzly Bears Package includes a six-hour Sea Otter Viewing and Whale Watching tour from Port Hardy with Coastal Rainforest Safaris and a day of grizzly bear viewing from Port McNeill with us.

Itinerary and What’s Included

Travel to Port Hardy and check-in at the  Kwa’lilas Hotel .

  • Double occupancy in a double queen room.

Check-in at Coastal Rainforest Safaris office in Port Hardy at 9:30 to join your six hour  Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing tour. Our office is a one minute drive or 10 minute walk from the Kwa’lilas Hotel.

Tour Details

  • Passengers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Tours depart from Coastal Rainforest Safari’s office at 7185 Market Street in Port Hardy, BC on Northern Vancouver Island.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour’s departure time to be outfitted in floater suits and sign a  waiver . At the office, your guide will provide a safety briefing plus an overview of the tour and area we will be exploring. The boat is docked a short one minute walk from our office.
  • Our open RHIB vessels have comfortable seats on shock mitigating platforms and an on-board toilet.
  • RHIBs are not suitable for people with a history of back or neck injuries, recent surgery, or are pregnant.
  • Please dress warmly. You will be provided with two-piece flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars.
  • Plenty of wildlife photography opportunities are available but please do not bring tripods on board.
  • Lunch and warm drinks are provided on our 5 ½ to 6 hour tours.

Day 2 evening  – return to the  Kwa’lilas Hotel .

  • Six hour Sea Otter Viewing and Whale Watching tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris
  • Two-piece flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars
  • Lunch and warm drinks are provided on the sea otter and whale watching tour

Check out of the Kwa’lilas Hotel early and drive 30 minutes to Port McNeill to join Sea Wolf Adventures (if you don’t have your own transportation you can schedule a taxi with Waivin Flags Taxi )

Check-in at our office at 6:30 am for your eight to nine hour Grizzly Bears of the Wild  tour

Day 3 Evening  – travel home, or if you prefer one more night at the  Kwa’lilas Hotel  just let us know and we will arrange it for you.

  • Eight to nine hour Grizzly Bears of the Wild tour with us.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided.

Please note that the bookings for this package are processed and managed by Coastal Rainforest Safaris .

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seawolfadventures

An all-in-one grizzly bear and wildlife experience in the Great Bear Rainforest. Come and witness the beauty of our territory!

Happy New Year! Sharing this beautiful post from one of our guests! #Repost @timswaagfotografie ・・・ It’s been a little quiet on my gram lately. And that is not due to the fact I have no content lying around… In june my partner and I found out we are expecting a little baby girl march next year. Such an exciting time 👨‍🍼👶🍼 With all the prep for that next phase of life, I haven’t gotten around to editing and posting much of my recent photos. However, the last months haven’t only been about baby stuff! We had an amazing journey to Canada where we went to spot bears fishing salmon. It delivered big time. My top nine therefore does not feature my most liked photos but a summary of still to be released photos of my holiday. I’ll be making time early next year to bring some more content. With the little one coming up it is more important than ever to show her the wonders and beauty of nature! #topnine #2023 #babyontheway #canada #canon #canonnederland #yourshotphotographer #photooftheday #zoomnl #natuurfotografie #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #ig_discover_holland #yourshotphotographer #staatsbosbeheer_featureme #meandmycanon #bbcearth #vroegevogels_bnnvara #featured_wildlife #earthpix #sigma #nfnl #dutch_shooters #lensbible #visualsofearth #discovery #animalplanet #earthcapture

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Happy New Year! Sharing this beautiful post from one of our guests! #Repost @timswaagfotografie ・・・ It’s been a little quiet on my gram lately. And that is not due to the fact I have no content lying around… In june my partner and I found out we are expecting a little baby girl march next year. Such an exciting time 👨‍🍼👶🍼 With all the prep for that next phase of life, I haven’t gotten around to editing and posting much of my recent photos. However, the last months haven’t only been about baby stuff! We had an amazing journey to Canada where we went to spot bears fishing salmon. It delivered big time. My top nine therefore does not feature my most liked photos but a summary of still to be released photos of my holiday. I’ll be making time early next year to bring some more content. With the little one coming up it is more important than ever to show her the wonders and beauty of nature! #topnine #2023 #babyontheway #canada #canon #canonnederland #yourshotphotographer #photooftheday #zoomnl #natuurfotografie #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #ig_discover_holland #yourshotphotographer #staatsbosbeheer_featureme #meandmycanon #bbcearth #vroegevogels_bnnvara #featured_wildlife #earthpix #sigma #nfnl #dutch_shooters #lensbible #visualsofearth #discovery #animalplanet #earthcapture ...

Merry Xmas to everyone from our team! Looking forward to embracing 2024!

Merry Xmas to everyone from our team! Looking forward to embracing 2024!

Merry Xmas to everyone from our team! Looking forward to embracing 2024! ...

#Repost @kevinnram ・・・ We call him Baloo 🐻 It felt like a mystery. Travelling through a pink fog at dawn off the coast of northern Vancouver Island, darting through islands in the Broughton Archipelago. Our guides brought us deep into mainland BC, slowing approaching a dock, gently stepping onto land, taking a shallow breathe, all in total silence. We’re in grizzly territory and I’m engulfed with feelings of fear, excitement, and a whole lot of trust. 10/10 recommend @seawolfadventures for making this a story I’ll always want to share. #grizzly #bear #wildlifephotography #forest #temperaterainforest #britishcolumbia #bctourism #travelbc #exploretocreate #canada #seawolfadventures #ocean #travel #picoftheday #myfavouriteplace #comeexplore #ınstagood #lightroom #photoshop #goodvibesonly #goodvibes #wanderlust #happy #friday #newyear #intothewild #naturelover #naturephotography

#Repost @kevinnram ・・・ We call him Baloo 🐻 It felt like a mystery. Travelling through a pink fog at dawn off the coast of northern Vancouver Island, darting through islands in the Broughton Archipelago. Our guides brought us deep into mainland BC, slowing approaching a dock, gently stepping onto land, taking a shallow breathe, all in total silence. We’re in grizzly territory and I’m engulfed with feelings of fear, excitement, and a whole lot of trust. 10/10 recommend @seawolfadventures for making this a story I’ll always want to share. #grizzly #bear #wildlifephotography #forest #temperaterainforest #britishcolumbia #bctourism #travelbc #exploretocreate #canada #seawolfadventures #ocean #travel #picoftheday #myfavouriteplace #comeexplore #ınstagood #lightroom #photoshop #goodvibesonly #goodvibes #wanderlust #happy #friday #newyear #intothewild #naturelover #naturephotography ...

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#Repost @vancouverislandnorth ・・・ Share the joy of North Island memories this festive season! 🎁 With options ranging from culture and wildlife to land and water adventures, there’s an experience for everyone. Dive into our gift guide through the link in our bio. 📸’s @jordyn.giesbrecht, @indigenoustourismbc, @seawolfadventures, and @coastalrainforestsafaris, @seaside_quatsino and @driftwoodsphotography 🗺️ The Regional District of Mount Waddington is located on the Traditional Territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.⁠ .⁠ #GoNorthIsland #ForTheGoodOfOurWild #experiencevancouverisland #explorebc #travel #vanisland #leavenotrace #outdoors #holidayguide ...

Capturing Magical Moments! It was a phenomenal time with the brothers! @downtofilm @noahshumka @coastalrainforestsafaris

Capturing Magical Moments! It was a phenomenal time with the brothers! @downtofilm  @noahshumka @coastalrainforestsafaris

Capturing Magical Moments! It was a phenomenal time with the brothers! @downtofilm @noahshumka @coastalrainforestsafaris ...

#Repost @taylormichaelburk ・・・ After patiently waiting for several hours along a river bank we eventually saw a grizzly. It made its way down the river towards us as it was fishing for salmon. There’s always so much excitement that builds up when you first see a bear, the feeling never gets old. Shortly after another grizzly came around the bend in the opposite direction, with a young cub trotting behind her. There was a lot happening at once and you didn’t know which way to look! After gaining their trust by being still,silent and non threatening we were able to spend a prolonged period of time with them as they hunted. You’re never guaranteed sightings which makes these moments all the more special. The result of careful management of human behaviour has allowed for incredible opportunities to observe these bears behaving naturally in their own habitat. Being guided for these encounters is crucial in my opinion. @Seawolfadventures has spent many years out here building relationships and trust with these bears, most of them since they were cubs and beyond! It was reassuring to be around guides who understand and know how to read the bears behaviours, for everyone’s safety.

#Repost @taylormichaelburk ・・・ After patiently waiting for several hours along a river bank we eventually saw a grizzly. It made its way down the river towards us as it was fishing for salmon. There’s always so much excitement that builds up when you first see a bear, the feeling never gets old. Shortly after another grizzly came around the bend in the opposite direction, with a young cub trotting behind her. There was a lot happening at once and you didn’t know which way to look! After gaining their trust by being still,silent and non threatening we were able to spend a prolonged period of time with them as they hunted. You’re never guaranteed sightings which makes these moments all the more special. The result of careful management of human behaviour has allowed for incredible opportunities to observe these bears behaving naturally in their own habitat. Being guided for these encounters is crucial in my opinion. @Seawolfadventures has spent many years out here building relationships and trust with these bears, most of them since they were cubs and beyond! It was reassuring to be around guides who understand and know how to read the bears behaviours, for everyone’s safety. ...

#Repost @hidden.ny ・・・ “Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen (@lassi.rautiainen) documented the unusual friendship between a female grey wolf and a male brown bear, spotted every night for ten days straight, spending several hours together. they would even share food with each other.” ‘No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends, I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone... (2023) @_likealeaf

#Repost @hidden.ny ・・・ “Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen (@lassi.rautiainen) documented the unusual friendship between a female grey wolf and a male brown bear, spotted every night for ten days straight, spending several hours together. they would even share food with each other.” ‘No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends, I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone... (2023) @_likealeaf ...

Scanning the river for K̓uta̱la. It was a great season watching our friends. Looking forward to 2024! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #grizzlybear #vancouverisland

Scanning the river for K̓uta̱la. It was a great season watching our friends. Looking forward to 2024! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #grizzlybear #vancouverisland

Scanning the river for K̓uta̱la. It was a great season watching our friends. Looking forward to 2024! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #grizzlybear #vancouverisland ...

today was the most magnificent day for our people. Today we unveiled our building that is centred around healing. I am marvelled at the resilience of my people; given all of the hardships that we’ve had to face generationally. I am grateful to the leadership on all levels!

today was the most magnificent day for our people. Today we unveiled our building that is centred around healing. I am marvelled at the resilience of my people; given all of the hardships that we’ve had to face generationally. I am grateful to the leadership on all levels!

today was the most magnificent day for our people. Today we unveiled our building that is centred around healing. I am marvelled at the resilience of my people; given all of the hardships that we’ve had to face generationally. I am grateful to the leadership on all levels! ...

Well today was the last tour of our season; 11 bears we saw! Thank you to all of you that supported Sea Wolf and the Sea Wolf Team. Till next year; take care and we’ll see you again! #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #grizzlyviewing #grizzlybears

Well today was the last tour of our season; 11 bears we saw! Thank you to all of you that supported Sea Wolf and the Sea Wolf Team. Till next year; take care and we’ll see you again! #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #grizzlyviewing #grizzlybears

Well today was the last tour of our season; 11 bears we saw! Thank you to all of you that supported Sea Wolf and the Sea Wolf Team. Till next year; take care and we’ll see you again! #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #grizzlyviewing #grizzlybears ...

Kwikw - bald eagle. Did you know that there are many traditional governances amongst the First Nations, on the BC Coast, that attribute to the iconic bald eagle? #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #baldeagle #indigenousbc

Kwikw - bald eagle. Did you know that there are many traditional governances amongst the First Nations, on the BC Coast, that attribute to the iconic bald eagle?  #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #baldeagle #indigenousbc

Kwikw - bald eagle. Did you know that there are many traditional governances amongst the First Nations, on the BC Coast, that attribute to the iconic bald eagle? #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #baldeagle #indigenousbc ...

Our Wolf Team took The Mayumi out for her last ride today; our hearts felt down because we all have an attachment to this vessel. To us she brought us into the homelands; as well as guests from around the world. As we grow, sometimes this needs to happen; trade in for a larger vessel. The vessel is named after my beautiful daughter Mayumi; she told me to name the new one Mayumi 2.0:) I want to dedicate this reel to the Wolf Team of the water! Gilakas’la for all your hard work and making this season such a good one! #upgrade #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #Mayumi #WolfTeam

Our Wolf Team took The Mayumi out for her last ride today; our hearts felt down because we all have an attachment to this vessel. To us she brought us into the homelands; as well as guests from around the world. As we grow, sometimes this needs to happen; trade in for a larger vessel. The vessel is named after my beautiful daughter Mayumi; she told me to name the new one Mayumi 2.0:) I want to dedicate this reel to the Wolf Team of the water! Gilakas’la for all your hard work and making this season such a good one! #upgrade #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #Mayumi #WolfTeam

Our Wolf Team took The Mayumi out for her last ride today; our hearts felt down because we all have an attachment to this vessel. To us she brought us into the homelands; as well as guests from around the world. As we grow, sometimes this needs to happen; trade in for a larger vessel. The vessel is named after my beautiful daughter Mayumi; she told me to name the new one Mayumi 2.0:) I want to dedicate this reel to the Wolf Team of the water! Gilakas’la for all your hard work and making this season such a good one! #upgrade #seawolfadventures #traveltruthbeauty #Mayumi #WolfTeam ...

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Sea Otter Viewing Day Trip

Sea otter viewing day trip.

Add a sea otter viewing and whale watching day trip with Coastal Rainforest Safaris before or after you join us kayaking.

Leaving from Port Hardy, on this 5 ½ to 6 hour tour you will specifically go in search of the sea otters who are making a comeback in the area. You may see solo sea otters bobbing around in the ocean, or rafts of them all together. Your guides are also on the lookout for other wildlife such as humpback whales, Dalls’ porpoises, Pacific white-side dolphins, Steller sea lions, bald eagles and a multitude of sea birds. We strive to see all the animals but as with all wildlife cannot guarantee it. Your experienced guides offer guests an immersive nature experience told from a unique, Indigenous perspective that explores our connection to the land and sea, the wildlife, and the history that makes the area what it is now.

Adult Price: $325 per person plus 5% GST.

Youth Price (10 to 18 years old): $295 per person plus 5% GST.

Departs: At 10:00 am daily from 7185 Market Street, Port Hardy, BC, on northern Vancouver Island.

Returns: Around 3:30 to 4:00 pm in Port Hardy.

How to Book: When booking any of our kayak tours let us know if you would like to add the sea otter viewing option the day before or the day after your kayak tour, or you can add it to your online booking.

Includes: You will be provided with flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars. Lunch and warm drinks are also provided.

Please note: Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before the tour’s departure time to be outfitted in floater suits and sign a waiver. At the office, your guide will provide a safety briefing plus an overview of the tour and area you will be exploring. The boat is docked a short one minute walk from the office. Please dress warmly.

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Getting to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island

Our tours depart from Port Hardy, which is located on the northern end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Tours are scheduled to depart from Port Hardy by seaplane at 3pm, so our guests typically check in around 2pm. Tours are scheduled to return by seaplane to Port Hardy at approximately 4.30pm, however wilderness weather may delay this on occasion. The final night in Port Hardy is included in your tour.

Listed below is information on how to get to Port Hardy to join your grizzly bear tour, as well as accommodations in the area. The lodge itself is located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the mainland coast of British Columbia.  Your tour  includes your seaplane flight from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge.

Please do not hesitate to  contact our office  to assist you further in your travel planning.

From Vancouver

Vancouver Island becomes more rugged and forested the further north you travel. Many of our guests choose to fly from Vancouver directly to Port Hardy, while others enjoy the scenic drive. Rental cars are available in Port Hardy and Vancouver, as well as other communities on Vancouver Island.

Pacific Coastal Airlines offers direct flights from Vancouver to Port Hardy, typically one in the morning and one in the early evening.

Website:  Pacific Coastal Airlines Phone Number: 800-663-2872 (toll-free) or (604) 273-8666

Vancouver Island is accessed by ferry service from the mainland. The most direct route is via the town of Nanaimo. Ferry service is from the Horseshoe Bay terminal located in a northwestern suburb of Vancouver and from the Tsawwassen terminal south of Vancouver. The drive from Nanaimo to Port Hardy is approximately 5 hours at a leisurely pace. The ferries can be busy during holiday periods, so we recommend that you reserve in advance if you are driving to Vancouver Island. Port Hardy is also the departure point for ferries to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and Bella Coola.

Website:  BC Ferries Phone Number: 888-223-3779 (toll-free) or (250) 386-3431 Vehicle Reservations: 888-724-5223 (toll-free) or (604) 444-2890

From Seattle

If you are driving up from the United States, crossing the border into Canada requires no special procedures but proof of citizenship is required. Travel time from Seattle to Port Hardy is approximately 12 – 14 hours.

Accommodations in Port Hardy

Kwa’lilas Hotel : First Nations destination hotel, offering 85 guestrooms and a curated selection of authentic local Aboriginal arts and culture. (855) 949-8525 Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort : Hotel located on the fishing boat marina at Port Hardy. 1-877-902-0459 (toll-free) or (250) 902-0455. Glen Lyon Inn : Hotel overlooking Port Hardy Bay and the Seaplane Base. 1-877-949-7115 (toll-free) or (250) 949-7115. Bear Cove Cottages : Self-contained cottages overlooking Queen Charlotte Strait. (250) 949-7939 Dolphin House B&B : Friendly B&B on the waterfront at Coal Harbour, located 20 minutes outside of Port Hardy. (250) 949-7576 Ecoscape Cabins : Environmentally friendly cabins with modern conveniences. (250) 949-8524

Other activities on northern Vancouver Island

k’awat’si Tours : First Nations-guided tours departing from Port Hardy to get out on the water to view wildlife, roam remote beaches, or listen to stories and learn how to weave cedar or make drums. These tours are operated by members of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation, on whose traditional lands Great Bear Lodge is located. Mackay Whale Watching : Whale-watching tours departing from Port McNeill, 30 minutes drive south of Port Hardy. Cove Adventure Tours : Transportation and guiding services to remote beaches on Northern Vancouver Island, as well as custom eco tours. Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures : Specializes in kayaking trips to Vancovuer Island and the Great Bear Rainforest. SeaWolf Adventures : Boat based wildlife viewing and cultural tours on Northern Vancouver Island. U’mista Cultural Centre : Extensive potlatch and totem collection houses in a museum whose purpose it is to ensure the survival of all aspects of the cultural heritage of the Kwakwakaʼwakw.

If you need more information about how to get to Port Hardy, please don’t hesitate to  contact us .

Top Tours in Port Hardy, British Columbia

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Tours in port hardy.

  • Fishing Charters & Tours
  • Nature & Wildlife Tours
  • Cultural Tours
  • Multi-day Tours
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Hiking & Camping Tours
  • Private Tours
  • Good for Couples
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good for Kids
  • Adventurous
  • Good for Big Groups
  • Good for Adrenaline Seekers
  • Hidden Gems
  • Honeymoon spot
  • Good for a Rainy Day
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

port hardy bc tours

1. Cove Adventure Tours

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2. Coastal Rainforest Safaris

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3. Fish Harder Charters

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4. West Wave Fishing

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5. k'awat'si Tours

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6. karibu adventures - Wild Sublime North Vancouver Island

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7. North Pacific Adventures

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8. No Bull Charters

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9. Coastwide Sportsfishing

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Puffin and Sea Bird Tours

While we view sea birds on all of our tours – where there are sea birds there are often whales – our birding specific tours search out additional species, like tufted puffins, not often seen on our regular wildlife viewing tours.

Our 9 to 10 hour birding tours travel through the traditional territories of the T̓łat̕ła̱sikwa̱la and Quatsino First Nations. The remote islands we visit, whose traditional names include Wa̱di and Hiładi, have the highest concentration of breeding seabirds on Canada’s west coast and the surrounding waters provide prime feeding habitat. 90% of Canada’s Tufted Puffins nest in this area and it is recognized as an international Important Bird Area .

Just some of the species we  are looking for include tufted puffins, horned puffins, common murres, Cassin’s auklets, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, black oystercatchers, sooty shearwaters, black-footed albatross, Leach’s storm petrels, fork-tailed storm petrels, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons.

In addition to a wide diversity of birdlife, we may also view humpback whales, sea otters, and sea lions during our time on the water.

Tufted Puffins and other sea birds were, and still are, an important past of local first nations’ traditional practices. Puffins shed their beaks, and those beaks provide a beautiful sound when being fastened and danced on regalia.

Puffin beaks on regalia

Please note that this a long tour in a small boat on open ocean and is weather and sea state dependent. The outermost islands may take 3 ½ to 4 hours travel time from Port Hardy. Guests need to be comfortable in small boats on the open ocean. If you are prone to motion sickness, this is not the tour for you.

Our boats are built by Victoria based Titan Boats specifically for wildlife viewing. At 10 metres (33 feet) and powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha outboards, our vessels allows us to cover a lot of water in a variety of conditions. Features include a small onboard toilet, Simrad navigation, Radar, and AIS system, plus dual VHF Radios. and a full PA speaker system. To add to our guests’ comfort individual seats on shock mitigating suspension platforms provide a comfortable ride even in bumpy conditions.

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Departs at 7:30 am 9 to 10 Hour Tour

Scheduled public tours June 8, 22, July 6, and July 20, 2024

*** a minimum of six passengers are required to run this trip ***

Additional private charters are available throughout June and July on request

Adult (15 and older): $495 Private Charter: $4495

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Broughton Archipelago Expedition

Broughton archipelago sea kayaking expedition .

Come kayak Vancouver Island on our Whales & Wildlife expedition that combines the beauty of Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park with the opportunity for adventure and incredible wildlife encounters in the Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound off Northern Vancouver Island.  This tour delivers outstanding and secluded paddling in a remote island archipelago off Vancouver Island.  Enjoy scenic wilderness campsites and a high likelihood of humpback whales, Steller sea lions, porpoises and more, all in the midst of pristine intertidal and old growth forest. With water taxi service to our launch point in the Broughtons and a fantastic expeditionary Vancouver kayaking itinerary through unparalleled nature and wilderness, this Canada sea kayaking tour is a must!

Many places in the maze of islands and intricate channels that make up Broughton Archipelago can only be reached by water - and many are too shallow for motorized boats. The shrill call of a bald eagle perched in a treetop, the quiet solitude of paddling into tucked away bays and coves, and vibrant sea stars below the waterline are all frequent spectacles in this magical area. In addition to wildlife and pristine islets, the islands are rich in native history and indigenous culture as well as that of remote British Columbia.  Once we reach the southern boundary of the Broughtons, you will paddle into Blackfish Sound and then Johnstone Strait, realms of the humpback whale as well as many other species of wildlife.  Here you may experience a Humpback blows and breaches visible from your campsite and kayaks, Pacific white-sided dolphins cruising down the strait, and several species of birds in the treetops and on the shorelines.

The meeting point for our six days of adventure is the northern Vancouver Island town of Port McNeill. The snow-capped mountains of mainland British Columbia create a stunning backdrop as we water taxi into the straits and channels of the Broughtons to island-hop.  We know this is more than just a vacation - that you’re looking for an escape that stimulates and enriches your life.  With naturalist guides, gourmet meals, high quality equipment, superb whale watching and all the special details we're known for, our Islets & Humpbacks expedition is sure to deliver.

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Arrive in Port McNeill, Evening Orientation Meeting

On the evening before the trip, there will be an orientation meeting with your trip leader at the Haida Way Motor Inn lobby in Port McNeill at 7:00 PM located on Vancouver Island. At this time, we will go over any questions, issue neoprene wetsuit booties for your feet and hand out the dry bags in which to pack your personal gear. If you are a late arrival, we’ll leave your bags at the front desk along with a welcome letter and instructions for meeting the next morning.  The hotel has a restaurant where you can eat dinner and breakfast, with a few other dinner options nearby as well.

ACCOMMODATION : Haida Way Motor Inn or Black Bear Resort

Water Taxi into Broughton Marine Provincial Park, Paddling Orientation, & Kayak Launch

Early in the morning, you’ll be picked up at Haida Way Motor Inn and transported to Telegraph Cove where you’ll board a water taxi for an incredible 1-2 hour journey into Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park. After unloading gear and settling into your first wilderness camp, your guides will provide a comprehensive kayak orientation and safety discussion.  Lunch and an afternoon paddle among the islets and coves of the Fox Group, Eden Island, Tracey Island, or others in the area will follow.  In the evening, enjoy a relaxing happy hour while your guides prepare your first gourmet camp dinner.  Take in the views, the stars, and the solitude after a day well spent kayaking Vancouver Island.

MEALS INCLUDED : Lunch, Dinner

Sea Kayaking, Hiking, Whale Watching, First Nations Culture, Tidepooling

After breakfast each morning, you’ll pack the kayaks with personal and group gear and continue your expedition south through the Broughtons, then into Blackfish Sound and the Johnstone Strait.  For four full days, you will kayak and camp in this pristine and well-protected marine landscape, as well as complete two open-water crossings to arrive at our prized basecamp on Vancouver Island for your final night of the trip.  On an average day, you will paddle for 2 – 3 hours in the morning, take an hour or two for lunch – a chance to rest and stretch your legs or possibly hike the island trails through old-growth forest – and then spend another 2 – 3 hours kayaking in the afternoon.  Arrive each evening to your next private campsite to enjoy happy hour drinks and snacks, then dinner with a view.  Each day you’ll have time to take in the scenery and wildlife along the way, and learn about the area, its history, and First Nations culture from your naturalist guides.  Note: we plan to stay at our basecamp on Swanson Island and overlooking Blackfish Sound on nights 3 & 4 (a fantastic location for Humpback viewing).  It is possible that we’ll spend night 3 at a wilderness campsite in the Broughtons however, depending on weather, wildlife patterns, group interest, and most importantly our guides’ discretion.

Paddle Distance: 7-10 miles per day Accommodations: Wilderness Camping

MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sea Kayaking & Whale Museum at Telegraph Cove

Your final night will be spent at our phenomenal basecamp on the northern shore of Vancouver Island, a great location from which to enjoy one more evening and morning in the BC wild.  Here your campsite faces the Johnstone Strait and waters routinely traveled by marine wildlife, offering the chance for sightings of Humpbacks, dolphins, porpoises, and more, all while sipping your happy hour wine or enjoying your morning coffee.  After breakfast, you’ll pack your gear and head west to Telegraph Cove.  If time and weather allows, lunch along the way will be followed by a short hike to a lighthouse overlooking Johnstone Strait.  Back in Telegraph Cove, after unpacking the kayaks you’ll have time to visit the famous Whale Interpretive Center. We return you to Port McNeill by late afternoon, where we strongly recommend that you overnight.  Join your guides and fellow adventurers for an optional farewell dinner and recap the highlights from the week.

Paddle Distance: 7-8 miles

Note on Itinerary: Approximate paddling distances listed and can vary depending on group size and weather. We will do our best to adhere to the schedule listed below. However, the itinerary may change due to reasons beyond our control such as campsite availability, wind, waves or inclement weather.  Although there is a very good chance we'll see whales during the week, the frequency, proximity, and quality of sightings will ultimately be determined by the whales' travel patterns.

MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Dates & Rates

Supplementary information.

Rates for 2024 Season:

$2320 per person

More Tours in this timeframe.

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TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • All meals while on tour
  • Optional provided wine with dinner
  • Transportation to and from the launch site
  • Kayaking instruction
  • All kayaking and camping equipment
  • Dry bags for your gear
  • Neoprene booties
  • Service of our certificied professional Guides
  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE: 

  • Transportation to and from Port McNeill
  • Hotel before and after the tour
  • Meals before or after the tour
  • Special drinks or alcohol (excluding wine)
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Items of a personal nature

ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.

Single Kayaks are available for $100 supplement.

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Faq & more, is previous kayaking experience necessary.

Our tours are suitable for novices. However, this particular tour is more-kayak focused than our standard Baja and BC tours, and therefore best suited to those with some prior kayaking experience or a regular fitness program. We're happy to discuss your suitability for the tour.

Will I see whales?

Humpback whales are commonly seen in the Johnstone, and northern resident orcas (killer whales) are generally in the area from mid-July into September.  The Johnstone Strait is considered the best place to see orcas in the wild, and this tour includes 2 nights camping in one of the prime orca-viewing locations in the area.  That being said, location and behavior of the whales cannot be predicted precisely at any time, and therefore we can neither guarantee nor estimate the likelihood of wildlife sightings while on tour.

What does the trip cost include?

Skilled professional guide services, dry bags, neoprene shoes, camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, liners, and sleeping pads are included in your trip cost. Our camping trips include all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. The one-way water taxi ride out to Broughton Archipelago Marine Provinical Park is also included on this tour, during which you may see a variety of wildlife.  

How do I get to Port McNeill?

The easiest way to get to Port McNeill by air, is to fly through Vancouver International Airport (airport code YVR) to Port Hardy, BC (airport code YZT). From Vancouver International's South Terminal you can catch a flight on Pacific Coastal Airlines direct to Port Hardy. Once in Port Hardy, it's a 35-40 minute taxi ride to Port McNeill. If arriving from outside of Canada, be sure to give yourself 1.5-2 hours between your arriving flight at Vancouver International and your departing flight from the South Terminal to Port Hardy, as you will have to clear customs and take a 15 minute shuttle from the International Terminal to the South Terminal (there are signs to guide you). Port McNeill is also accessible by car, via a beautiful drive following BC Route 19 from Nanaimo to Port McNeill. Vancouver Island can be reached from the Canadian or U.S. mainlands by utilizing one of multiple ferry crossings from the Vancouver metro or greater Seattle areas. The BC Ferries and Washington State DOT Ferry websites are very helpful resources if you are planning to drive to Northern Vancouver Island. For more information on getting to Port McNeill, please see  here. 

Where do I stay before and after my tour?

We recommend making arrangements at the Haida Way Motor Inn in Port McNeill, BC, particularly if you do not have a car, as this is the site of the orientation meeting, as well as the pickup point for your transport to the launch site on the first day of the tour. The hotel is very basic, but clean and well-kept. Their in-house Northern Lights Restaurant has the best seafood in town. Indicate you are traveling with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures. We also recommend the Black Bear Resort, which is directly across the street from the Haida Way, and also features basic but comfortable accommodations. All hotels on northern Vancouver Island fill well in advance for summer, so wherever you choose to stay, we recommend making reservations early. Please note, hotel nights before and after the tour are not included in your tour cost. There are plenty of things to see and do in  Port McNeill  and  Port Hardy  if you choose to extend your stay. 

Can you recommend a taxi company from Port Hardy to Port Mc Neill?

If you fly into Port Hardy, you will need to arrange a taxi for the 35-minute drive South to Port McNeill. You can expect to pay about $45-60 CAD for the one-way fare, however rates do vary. We recommend sharing the ride with other members of the tour if you meet one another on the plane (or are on the same flight when departing). Please bring cash to pay the driver. The taxi companies change regularly, but we recommend Waivin Flags Taxi, 1-250-230-7655 and Town Taxi 1-250-949-7877 on the North Island.

What kind of footwear should I bring on my BC tour?

We recommend that you bring (2) pairs of shoes on your BC trip. Packing light for your adventure in the Johnstone Straight is highly recommended and from our experience you really only need 2 good pairs of footwear for your tour. We will supply you with a pair of neoprene booties for the duration of your kayaking tour. In addition to those booties we recommend you bring:

-One pair sturdy trail shoes, or running shoes, to use for hiking and around camp -One pair sandals with ankle straps to wear while kayaking, on the beaches, walking around camp, etc. (Chaco, Keens or Crocs are preferred but there are many other brands that are suitable)

Can I paddle a single kayak?

We have single kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost of $100) for paddlers who have previous ocean paddling experience. If you would like to reserve a single kayak for your trip you will need to contact our Adventure Consultants to add this to your reservation and provide a summary of your ocean paddling experience.

Will there be a portable charging station provided on the tour?

We do not carry a portable charging station for the group. You may opt to bring your own small portable charger to charge your phone, camera, headlamp, etc.

What are your Terms and Conditions?

Please see our full Terms & Conditions HERE.

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