Northern Vancouver Island Adventure Explorer

8-day Journey
From $3,495 / person
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About the Private Itinerary

Discover the rich indigenous culture and bountiful marine life.

Discover the rich indigenous culture, bountiful marine life and temperate rainforests along Vancouver Island’s spectacular northern coast. This is 8 day self-drive itinerary that connects you with unique local experiences along the way. You’ll make the journey from Campbell River to the small communities of Telegraph Cove, Alert Bay and Port Hardy. Witness British Columbia’s iconic wildlife and natural beauty while connecting to the unique Indigenous cultures and history of the region.


Located on Canada’s Pacific Coast, Vancouver Island is known for its mild climate and thriving arts community – and as the home of British Columbia’s quaint capital city, Victoria. But this itinerary takes you away from the boat-lined harbour and manicured gardens of Victoria to the island’s more remote and less-explored north. Take a road trip along the rugged shorelines and through the inland wilderness, stop for immersive experiences in the communities that have thrived on these lands for centuries and witness the joy of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat.


Whales, seals, eagles and black bears can all be spotted on this itinerary. The heart of the experience, however, is the cultural immersion that will come through your connection with local guides and experiences. 

Highlights & Activities

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Kayaking the Johnstone Strait
Wildlife is all around you here - from the seals bobbing alongside the kayaks, to the bald eagles soaring above and the orcas and humpbacks gliding by in the distance.
Image 4 - Alert Bay, T_sasala Cultural Group dance performance
Discover local culture
A private tour of U'Mista brings to life the dark past and storied present of BC's Indigenous peoples. Then, join a lively cultural dance performance by a local Indigenous group (summer tours only), and learn the intricacies of cedar weaving from local artists.
Image 3 - San Josef Bay sea stacks
Hike along ancient coastal paths to breathtaking lookouts over the ocean, paddle around Telegraph Cove where seals, whales and eagles will be your constant companions

Private Itinerary

  • Summary

Regenerative Impact

From the accommodations and food provided along this journey to the connections made with local communities, this tour is designed to be gentle on the earth while also providing economic stimulation to the remote villages and towns along the route.

Image 5 - Hiking with cedar trees
The majority of the revenue from these trips is kept local. Our tour partners are committed to protecting the lush biodiverse landscape of North Vancouver Island and have built relationships with local conservation, science and research organizations that work to protect the environment.
Human-powdered transportation, such as kayaking, cycling and hiking are prioritized and encouraged throughout the experience. Accommodations include the Indigenous-owned Kwa’Lilas Hotel, which was build using local supplies and labour.
Dining includes sustainably sourced seafood caught fresh by local fishermen. In each community, you’ll connect with genuine hosts who see a direct benefit from your tourism spending.

Pricing Details


$3495 per person
in high season

in high season


$3495 per person
in low season

in low season

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