Orcas & Grizzlies Wildlife, 5 Days, M2. Itinerary.

Orcas & Grizzlies Wildlife, 5 Days | M2

Victoria to Vancouver, via Alert Bay



  1. Alert Bay, BC.
    After an early morning departure from downtown Victoria, the bus begins its journey up the east coast of Vancouver Island. The coach stops briefly in Nanaimo Ferry Terminal where you will change buses to continue on north. The bus arrives in Port McNeill in time to make the 5:00 pm ferry sailing to Alert Bay. After a 35 minute voyage, catch a taxi (about $5.00) at the ferry terminal for the three minute drive down the ocean road to Alert Bay Lodge. You can also call the lodge from the ferry and the manager will try to get away to pick you up.
    Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
    Meals: Dinner
  2. Alert Bay, BC.
    We've set this day aside for you to explore the village of Alert Bay. After breakfast, the lodge manager will provide you with a map highlighting attractions on the 5 kilometer long Cormorant Island, tickets to U'Mista Cultural Centre and a picnic lunch. The village can easily be explored by foot from your accommodation. Attractions include the Tourism Information Centre, shops and galleries featuring native art, and the U'Mista Cultural Centre which features historic and contemporary artwork, including the reclaimed First Nations potlatch collection (admission included). Up the hill lie First Nations dancing at the Big House (schedule permitting) and the Ecological Gardens and Big Tree Trail.
    Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Alert Bay, BC.
    The day begins with a taxi to the Alert Bay ferry terminal, a ferry ride to Port McNeill and a 45 minute scenic taxi ride to Telegraph Cove. Once there you can stroll around the village, visit the Whale Museum and take lunch. You whale tour begins at 1:00 pm when you jump on board a 62-foot, 74-person semi-covered express cruiser.
    The most celebrated are 260 orcas known as the “Northern Residents” who are often in pursuit of salmon, their main food source. These mammals who are actually part of the dolphin family, return each spring in time for the salmon runs. Orcas known as “Transients” are genetically unique from Northern Residents do not mate with one another. They are mammal hunters and are excellent predators of seals, porpoises, sea lions, dolphins and even other species of whales. Other marine life includes humpback and minke whales as well as other marine life such as Dahl porpoises, harbour porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins and sea lions.
    Accommodation: Four Room Ocean View Inn
    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Alert Bay, BC.
    We depart at 6:45 am from Alert Bay for a full day on the water to seek out grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Our destination is Knight Inlet, a two hour ride by covered boat into Johnstone Strait. Becoming famous for its population of Grizzly bears, Knight Inlet a long and deep glacier-carved fjord surrounded by snow-capped mountains and steep-sided, forested cliffs.
    Here we drift, paddle and motor quietly around an estuary, looking to spot grizzly bears as they feed on the sedges and grasses at high tide. Low tide brings more bears out, and we may see them turn over large boulders in their search for crabs, isopods and beach barnacles. On some tides we transfer to our flat bottomed skiff to get into the shallows. Please bring your binoculars and camera! Lunch is included.
    Accommodation: Alert Bay Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  5. Alert Bay, BC.
    After breakfast we'll call your taxi and get you on the right ferry to Port McNeill. Your up-Island journey continues when you’re picked up by taxi at the Port McNeill Ferry Terminal and escorted to Port Hardy Airport. Here, you catch an afternoon scheduled flight to Vancouver, BC.
    Accommodation: N/A
    Meals: Breakfast



NOTE: the order of activities on Day 2, 3 and 4 may vary due to weather conditions.