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3 Day Exciting Grizzly Bears Watching Experience in Powell River, British Columbia

Homfray Lodge, Homfray Channel, Powell River, Powell River Regional District, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada

Thrilling Bear Watching Experience in Canada

Come and see yourself how grizzly bears live in their natural habitat with Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours and stay at Homfray Lodge in British Columbia, Canada! In this beautiful place, you will have a higher chance to see the bears feeding on salmon from viewing towers. In addition, there will be a professional and experienced indigenous guide who will accompany you during the tour.

Overview

  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Grizzly Bears
  • Includes Cruise to view other marine life in Desolation Sound
  • Time at leisure to enjoy kayaking, boat tours, or relaxing in this remote wilderness

Highlights

  • Daily grizzly bear watching tour
  • Complete use of all the lodge facilities
  • Boat transportation to Toba Inlet and to the bear viewing stands
  • Powell River Airport (YPW) airport transfers (for connections to Vancouver, 35 minutes)
  • House beverages at Homfray lodge included
  • 2 nights' accommodation at Homfray Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


1 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Powell River Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Honesty bar
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be accommodated at Homfray Lodge, British Columbia, Canada.

Homfray Lodge

Homfray Lodge is located in Homfray Channel, one of the isolated inlets of globally renowned Desolation Sound, British Columbia. It’s only reachable by our cruise from Lund, BC. It's truly an amazing wilderness lodge that allows you to get away from it all.

The lodge offers an assortment of accommodation options. They offer spacious and open private one and two chalets that sleep up to six guests, as well as cozy cedar rooms, each with private bathrooms, perfect for two guests. All-inclusive stays are available between end-August and mid-October.

Homfray Lodge original structures were erected in 2008. Substantial further improvements were added after 2011 including a new duplicate chlorine water filtration system, environmentally friendly septic system, hydroelectric system, and thanks to a river that runs through the property, with 24 / 7 power and back up generator; it is also equipped with a massive dock for 250‘ of moorage. In 2017, the lodge was re-imagined as an all-inclusive wilderness destination with all meals, wine with dinner, and complimentary water taxi from Lund and Powell River. New activities were added including eco-boat tours, grizzly bear viewing, small ship cruising, and kayaking.

Lodge Suite

Lodge Suites are perfect for couples, sleep two guests and feature a queen bed or double each with a private three-piece bathroom and Wi-Fi. Three are located on the second floor of the main lodge and one is on the main floor. The Lodge Suites are located in or just off the main Lodge and are perfect for couples and feature ocean views and some offer private balconies overlooking Homfray Channel and Foster Point.

One Lodge Suite is available with a separate small room with single bunk beds suitable for two small children. One Lodge Suite also includes a bathtub. You may request a balcony, lower floor room, bathtub or room with bunk beds, subject to availability.

Two bedroom chalet

Two bedroom chalets sleep up to six guests and offer ocean views of Homfray Channel. The chalets feature two rooms, each with a queen bed on the main floor, plus a loft with two queen beds, a private waterfront balcony with seating for four, a private three-piece bathroom, and a living area with a couch and table for six. There are two two-bedroom chalets available.

One bedroom chalet

The one bedroom chalet sleeps four guests and offers ocean views of Homfray Channel. The one bedroom chalet features one queen bed, located in the bedroom on the main floor and two queen beds in the loft plus a private waterfront balcony with seating for two, a three-piece bathroom, and a living area with a couch and table to seat four guests.

Program

You will depart from Homfray Lodge with a cruise to Toba Inlet. Upon arriving at the river, you will receive a warm and traditional welcome from the Klahoose Coastal Adventures guides. A short drive will transport you to specifically designed viewing areas where you can see the bears in their natural habitat from four raised and covered viewing platforms along the river. The highlight of the tour will be the chance to view the grizzly bears feeding in the natural habitat in the Canadian wilderness. The grizzly bear tours are limited to 12 guests for an intimate experience and less impact on the bears. Homfray Lodge is a proud member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association.

Location

Homfray Lodge

Homfray Lodge is located in beautiful Desolation Sound north of Powell River and Lund, British Columbia on the Sunshine Coast; about 100 miles north of Vancouver. Lund is the closest community and you are offered a daily scheduled transfer to the lodge. The lodge is located in Homfray Channel near Foster Point. Homfray Channel is one of the deepest in North America reaching depths of 2400 feet with surrounding peaks rising up to 8000 feet.

Homfray Lodge is accessible by water or air and located in Homfray Channel in the northern part of Desolation Sound, BC. Homfray Lodge is just a 94 NM from Vancouver and 190 NM from Seattle, making it a premier wilderness destination in globally renowned Desolation Sound, British Columbia.

Toba Inlet

Toba Inlet is a deep fjord on the west coast of British Columbia. The inlet has spectacular waterfalls, glacier-fed rivers and the magnificent Coastal Mountains that rise as an imposing backdrop. Grizzly bears have free reign in these isolated and lush river estuaries and can be found foraging along the river and rugged shoreline from late summer feasting on salmon.

Six kilometers up a remote road lies the Klite River, a beautiful turquoise tributary river to the main Toba River. The Klite River is filled with salmon each fall and the grizzly bears come down from the mountains to enjoy their fill.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching

General

  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Patio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wireless internet

Food

Daily, wholesome, family style dining with Homfray Lodge and complimentary wine and beer included with dinners. Beginning with several hot items for breakfast and lighter fare lunches, dinners will feature a variety of tasteful entrees throughout your stay. Dinner typically consists of three courses featuring a salad, then a main (like chipotle chicken, juicy pork chops, local sockeye salmon served with vegetables, rice or potatoes) and a homemade dessert. To inspire companionship, meals are generally served “family style.”

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily grizzly bear watching session
  • Use of all the lodge facilities including Wi-Fi, campfires, paddle boards, and kayaks
  • Transportation by boat to Toba Inlet and to the bear viewing stands
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • House beverages at Homfray lodge included
  • Round-trip transfers between Lund or the Powell River Airport (YPW)

What's not included

  • Gratuity for Homfray Lodge staff and Klahoose Coastal Adventures Bear Viewing Guides
  • Transportation to Powell River or Lund (Homfray Lodge would be happy to help you arrange your travel)
  • Applicable taxes

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Vancouver

  • Take British Columbia ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (40 minutes) on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Proceed north for 1.5 hours on Highway 101 to Earls Cove.
  • Take the second British Columbia ferry between Earls Cove and Saltery Bay (50 minutes) which is located on the north end of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Continue to travel north on Highway 101 through Powell River (30 minutes) and on to Lund.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Powell River Airport (YPW). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Homfray Lodge will pick you up from the airport.

Homfray Lodge offers a complimentary scheduled cruise from Lund, departing Lund at 14:00, and if required, scheduled transfer between Powell River Airport (YPW) and Lund (45 minutes). These transfers operate once daily. Please check with Homfray Lodge to coordinate your schedule or to book your flights.

Pacific Coastal Airlines offers daily non-stop (35 minutes) flights from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Powell River Airport (YPW) with Pacific Coastal Airlines. From Powell River Airport (YPW), a scheduled land transfer and water taxi is available for select flights.

Sunshine Coast Air offers daily scheduled flights from Vancouver to Sechelt with a connecting flight to the lodge, as well as chartered flights. For flights with Sunshine Coast Air, please visit their website. Harbour Air offers daily scheduled flights from Vancouver, Victoria to Sechelt with connecting flights to the Lodge. To book a flight, please see their website.

Corilair offers flights direct to the lodge, from Campbell River with with a daily “mail run” flights. These sea plane flights may make stops along route in the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound and surrounding area. Seaplane charters options are also available between the lodge and Vancouver, Victoria, Campbell River, Whistler, Tofino, Seattle and any other destination. Please leave a minimum of three hours between international arrival and departure flight connections.

Arrival by ferry / boat

If you plan to arrive with your own boat, Homfray Lodge is located on the east or mainland side of Homfray Channel just north of Forbes Bay, behind Foster Point.

Airport: Powell River Airport Airport transfer included: Powell River Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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