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4 Day Grizzly Bears Watching Experience in Powell River, British Columbia

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

Amazing Bear Watching Experience in Canada

Join Homfray Lodge in this unique grizzly bear of Toba Inlet watching experience in their natural habitat in British Columbia, Canada. During the tour, you will be accompanied by the highly trained and experienced indigenous guides. Enjoy the unforgettable experience watching grizzly bear of Toba Inlet and feel being a part of the Canadian nature!

Overview

  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: grizzly bears

Meet the guides

Klahoose Coastal Adventures

Highlights

  • Daily bear watching session
  • Boat rides to bear watching locations
  • Exploring Toba Inlet in British Columbia
  • Cruise from Lund to Homfray Lodge led by a naturalist
  • House beverages at Homfray lodge included
  • 3 nights accommodation at Homfray Lodge
  • Powell River Airport (YPW) transfer
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 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
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

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 boat or float plane. 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. If the weather permits, there may be availabilities outside of these dates, please feel free to contact Homfray Lodge with any inquiries.

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 indigenous 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. Your stay also includes a naturalist led cruise in Desolation Sound and time at leisure to enjoy the activiteis at Homfray Lodge such as kayaking, stand up paddle boards, ocean swimming, evening campfires.

Location

This wildlife tour will take place in Toba Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. 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 as well as 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.

Homfray Channel was named after Robert Homfray, civil engineer. The best account of his exploits is contained in the book, "The Chilcotin War: A Tale of Death and Reprisal". The tale is compelling, full of the perils and dangers of an attempt to find a better way to the Chilcotin Goldfields via Bute Inlet.

Features

Activities

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

General

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

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries

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

What's not included

  • Gratuity for lodge staff and bear viewing guides
  • Transportation to Powell River or Lund
  • 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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