A Grizzly Bear at Knight Inlet

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Wildlife Viewing on Northern Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island is home to an abundance of wildlife. One of the highest concentration of Orcas in the world roams the waters and grizzly bears feed on swimming salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest. Explore this rugged coastline on a sea kayaking expedition or venture out on a journey in search of bears with local First Nations guides. This is a remote place where nature thrives and Mother Nature still reigns.

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Telegraph Cove

Stroll along the boardwalk at Telegraph Cove, one of the last surviving – and best... Read more preserved – of BC’s traditional coastal fishing villages. Among the brightly painted houses, built on pilings over the water, is the Whale Interpretive Centre, home to a 18-m/60-ft-long fin whale skeleton.

Explore the village then tuck into a plate of alder smoked salmon at the Killer Whale Cafe. Stay the night in a boardwalk cabin, a suite in the manor house, or even in an extension of the village’s old floating hospital.

Stubbs Island Whale Watching

Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 37th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, the whale watching capital of BC, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait, Blackfish S...
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Whale Interpretive Centre

No trip to Telegraph Cove would be complete without a visit to the Whale Interpretive Centre. This interactive learning centre on a quaint boardwalk overlooks the wildlife-rich waters of Johnstone Strait. See displays of marine mammals, including a suspended skeleton of a fin whale (the second largest species in the world). After visiting, take a guided wildlife tour – whale and grizzly bear tour boats depart just steps from the centre, or rent a kayak – the waters around Telegraph Cove are renowned for Orca (killer whale) viewing.
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The U'mista Cultural Centre

View priceless First Nations treasures at the U’mista Cultural Centre. In the tiny village of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, 45 minutes by ferry from Port McNeill, this striking building is home to the world-renowned Potlatch Collection. The collection spent much of the last century in the likes of the Smithsonian Museum and the British Museum. These treasures and artifacts, including masks and ceremonial objects, are now preserved and displayed in a traditional Big House-style building on Alert Bay’s waterfront.
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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10 busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights.

The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...

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Comox Valley Airport

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, within easy driving distance of Mount Washington, Parksville, Nanaimo & Tofino. It is the second largest airport on Vancouver Island and offers daily non-st...
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