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4 Day Homfray Wildlife Explorer Cruise in Powell River, British Columbia
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Homfray Lodge, Powell River A, BC, Canada

Unforgettable Wildlife Cruise Canada

Discover Desolation Sound with a stay at Homfray Lodge. Departs Fridays and returns Mondays, perfect for a weekend British Columbia wilderness getaway. Cruise aboard an intimate, all-inclusive vessel and return each night to Homfray Lodge deep within the British Columbia coastal wilderness. From intimate wildlife tours to naturalist-informed cruising and remote all-inclusive lodge experiences, Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours offers you a British Columbia Coastal adventure steeped in authenticity.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: Maximum 16 persons.
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 8 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Lund Harbor, British Columbia
  • Languages: English speaking guide.

Highlights

  • 3 cruising days
  • Enjoy a day cruise to spectacular Toba Inlet
  • Search for whales, sea lions, eagles, and porpoises
  • Cruise aboard a boutique fishing boat converted for exclusive coastal cruising
  • Try kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and ocean swimming in warm waters
  • 3 nights spectacular wilderness stay at the intimate Homfray Lodge
  • Enjoy homestyle meals with complimentary house wine and beer
  • Complimentary scheduled airport transfers

Styles


3 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Powell River Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:30
Check-out Time:
12:00

It's impossible to capture all the rustic charm and authentic warmth of Homfray Lodge in pictures or with words. Visiting Homfray Lodge brings you to the heart of British Columbia’s coastal wilderness paradise, where breathtaking scenery, vibrant marine life, and the relaxed pace all come together for the perfect Pacific coastal experience.

Homfray Lodge is located in Homfray Channel, one of the isolated inlets of globally renowned Desolation Sound, British Columbia. 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. There are spacious and open private one- and two-bedroom chalets that sleep up to six guests, as well as lodge suites, each with private bathrooms, perfect for two guests.

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, thanks to a river that runs through the property, with 24/7 power and back up generator; a massive dock for 250 of moorage.

You have to see it for yourself to truly experience the beauty and natural wonder of the area. They absolutely love it at Homfray Lodge and they look forward to sharing it with you!

Lodge suites

The lodge suites are located in or just off the main lodge and are perfect for couples. They sleep up to two guests and feature a queen or double bed each with a private three-piece bathroom, Wi-Fi, 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.

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. The chalet has a sink and counter area but does not have any kitchen facilities.

Two-bedroom chalets

Two-bedroom chalets sleep up to six guests and offer ocean views of Homfray Channel. The two-bedroom 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, living area with a couch and table for six. There are two, two-bedroom chalets available. The two-bedroom chalet has a sink area but does not have any kitchen.

Program

Day 1: Friday - Lund, BC, Embarkation

Lund is located at the tip of the Sunshine Coast and is getaway to Desolation Sound. Welcome reception and meet the crew as you set off from the quaint village of Lund. Cruising north into Desolation Sound, you will pass Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park a haven for boaters and kayakers with its calm waters and sheltered anchorages.

As you leave the boaters behind, you cruise into Homfray Channel, one of the deepest in North American and flanked by towering peaks including the majestic Mount Denman (1920 meters, 6299 feet straight up from the sea). This evening, you reach Homfray Lodge nestled in the remote wilderness of Desolation Sound where you meet the staff and enjoy your meals prepared by the lodge's chef. Overnight at Homfray Lodge.

Day 2: Saturday - Toba Inlet.

Cruising today, you travel north into remote Toba Inlet a deep fjord with steep peaks, glacier green water, and spectacular waterfalls. Sit back and enjoy every changing scenery as you explore this remote fjord with its green waters. If you are lucky, you may spot bears along the including Grizzly bears. Return this afternoon with time to relax on the lodge's expansive dock as a chef prepares your meals. Overnight at Homfray Lodge.

Day 3: Sunday

Today is a day at leisure to enjoy Homfray Lodge. The waters here are especially warm and with little nearby development, the lodge is located in a true wilderness paradise. The meetings of the tides and warm summers allow for rich marine life and an excellent chance for saltwater swimming. Oysters grow in abundance around the lodge and curious harbor seals are often seen swimming just off the dock.

Water temperate can exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) making the dock a natural hub of activity and place to sit back and relax. This peaceful setting allows you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, vibrant marine life, and the lodge's activities such as kayaks, stand up paddle boards or join an eco boat tour to explore the nearby waters. Overnight at Homfray Lodge.

Day 4: Monday - Homfray Lodge departure

Cruise this morning from Homfray Lodge south through Homfray Channel past Desolation Sound Marine Park and back to the Sunshine Coast and Lund Harbor.

The vessels

Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours operate several vessels including the Pacific Bear and the Pride of Victoria. Both vessels have been rebuilt and refurbished, perfect for exploring the many island and secluded inlets of the Salish Sea and Desolation Sound. Both are covered cruising vessels with a galley, hospitality bar, washrooms and both inside and outside viewing areas offering 360-degree panoramic views.

Included excursions

  • Kayaks
  • Stand up paddle boards

Location

Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound is a deep water sound that begins at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, north of Lund, British Columbia. Flanked by Cortes Island and West Redonda Island, its spectacular fjords, mountains, and wildlife make it a global boating and sea kayaking destination.

Homfray Channel

Homfray Channel is one of the most beautiful spots in Desolation Sound, with tower peaks and very little tides on account of its great depth. The channel is the second deepest in North America, which means very few anchorages and thus little boat traffic.

Homfray Channel begins north after Desolation Sound Marine Park and Pryce Channel near Toba Inlet. Nestled in a small bay at Foster Point, is Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours' own Homfray Lodge.

Toba Inlet

Toba Inlet is one of the principal inlets of the British Columbia Coast and on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest. Toba Inlet is relatively short in comparison to the other coastal inlets, being only about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) in average width and 35 kilometers from the mouth of the powerful Toba River. The inlet is a deep fjord and is flanked by towering mountains and several major cascading waterfalls.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming

General

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

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

All meals are included, both on board and/or on shore. The varied menus reflect the local seasons. This holds true for the beverages. Beer and home-grown wine are included complimentary with meals during your stay at Homfray Lodge. The meals will vary from cruise to cruise, ensuring that all guests savor foods at the height of their flavor. To inspire companionship, meals are generally served in “family style.”

If you have any dietary requirements, please let Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours know at the time of booking.

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:

  • 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

  • 3 nights accommodation at Homfray Lodge
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4
  • House beverages at Homfray Lodge
  • An naturalist-led cruise between Lund and Homfray Lodge and during the day cruise on Saturday
  • Eco boat tour from Homfray Lodge
  • Luggage transport and handling plus scheduled airport transfer between Lund and Powell River Airport (YPW) if required

What's not included

  • Transportation from your home and our embarkation location in Lund, British Columbia
  • Parking in Lund
  • 5% tax and service fee of 35 CAD per person per day

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Vancouver or Vancouver Island

  • If driving from Vancouver, you will take BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (40 minutes) on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Then proceed north for one and a half hours on Highway 101 to Earls Cove where you'll the second BC Ferry between Earls Cove and Saltery Bay (50 minutes) which is located on the north end of the Sunshine Coast.
  • From there, continue to travel north on Highway 101 through Powell River (30 minutes) and on to Lund.
  • From Vancouver Island, you can also take BC Ferries between Comox (Vancouver Island) to Powell River (one hour 50 minutes), then drive from Powell River to Lund.
  • There is parking available in Lund at The Lund Resort at Klah ah men (Rates currently at 10 USD per day - subject to change). The cruise departs Lund Harbour marina which is located directly across from the parking area.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Powell River Airport (YPW). On the day of embarkation, guests should meet with Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours' representative at the airport at 11:30 a.m. for a scheduled once per day complimentary land transfer. For guest driving to Lund, meet the staff at The Lund Resort at Klah ah men lobby area at 1:30 p.m. Disembarkation time in Lund, BC is about 12:00 noon. The land transfer will return to the Powell River Airport at about 1:30 pm.

Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice and may vary on holidays. Please contact Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours for travel details for other departure locations including Cowichan Bay.

if you're flying to Vancouver International Airport (YVR), you need to take a domestic flight to Powell River Airport (YPW). Pacific Coastal Airlines offers daily non-stop (35 minutes) flights from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Powell River Airport (YPW) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

On embarkation day: Vancouver South Terminal (YVR) to Powell River (YPW)

  • Flight 8P203
  • Daily
  • Departure 10:40
  • Arrival 11:15
  • non-stop

On disembarkation day: Powell River (YPW) to Vancouver South Terminal (YVR)

  • Flight 8P210
  • Daily
  • Departure 15:00
  • Arrival 15:35
  • Non-stop

Note: Schedules are subject to change without notice and may vary on holidays. Please leave a minimum of three hours between international arrival and departure flight connections. Pacific Coastal Airlines offers a complimentary shuttle between the Vancouver South Terminal and the Vancouver Main Terminal.

There is also an option to travel by seaplane charters. For a convenient private charter, you may fly from Vancouver, Seattle, Tofino, Campbell River, Whistler or any other nearby destination direct to Powell River. From Vancouver, this flight time is about 45 minutes. Contact Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours for details on private seaplane charters.

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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