Farewell Harbour Lodge

Wildlife eco-tour, grizzly & black bear viewing, whales and wildlife watching

Enjoy the beauty of this natural environment surrounded by the vast forest that occupies many species of plants and animals. Peace and relaxation are the two emotions you will feel once you’ve set foot at the lodge as well as excitement for the adventures to come. Explore the surroundings to have a chance to see a bear taking a sunbath or the marine wildlife dancing in the ocean. We can assure you that The Farewell Harbour Lodge experience will leave you speechless and you’ll be asking for more.


  • Return water taxi transfers between Alder Bay RV Park & Marina and Farewell Harbour Lodge
  • Return transfers between Port Hardy Airport and Alder Bay RV Park & Marina (if required, for passengers flying into/departing from Port Hardy Airport)
  • Accommodation for 3, 4, 5, or 6 nights at the floating or land-based lodge in guestrooms with private ensuite bathroom and shower
  • Meals: full board starting with lunch on Day 1 and ending with lunch on day of departure, including wine with dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks
  • Welcome briefing and orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities
  • All transportation on all wildlife excursions
  • Marine tour excursion on arrival day, one full day excursion to one of the grizzly viewing areas, one full day on marine tour excursion or an additional grizzly viewing excursion, short optional excursion on marine tour or sea kayaking, rainforest walk or forest bathing (Shinrin yoku) walk on departure day
  • Evening guide presentations/slide shows
  • All-weather gear, including life jackets, and raingear and rubber boots, if required
  • Carbon offset fee
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST
  • 4, 5 and 6-night packages: Options for additional marine excursions, bear viewing trips, sea kayaking or First Nations

Not included
Flights, gratuity to drivers and guides, City tax to be paid locally, beverages, personal expenses, travel insurances, optional tours or all other item not mentioned in present itinerary

• Passengers must be in good physical condition; they must be able to walk a forest trail and climb in and out of a boat.
• Advise of allergies, health concerns and / or dietary requirements at the time of booking
• Smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings, on the vessels, or during wildlife excursions. There is a designated covered smoking area at the lodge.
• Guests are asked to restrict the use of scented products and perfume while out on bear excursions.
• All guests will be required to sign a waiver prior to joining the tour, which can be viewed and completed online at: waiver.farewellharbour.com
• There is a large selection of rain gear (hooded jackets and bibbed pants) and rubber boots available for guests use.
• Checked baggage is limited to 50 pounds or 23 kg per person. Each person is permitted to a carry on in addition to checked baggage. Checked baggage that exceeds the limit may
be subject to additional fees. Excess baggage can be stored at their secured storage at Alder Bay at no extra cost.
• Passengers flying from Port Hardy to Vancouver are strongly suggested to book a post night in Vancouver before their return flight.

Photo credit  in this  page: John Lehmann



Depart Alder Bay aboard a high speed water taxi for a scenic 25 minute service across Johnstone Strait to Farewell Harbour on Berry Island. (If you are joining from Port Hardy Airport, your journey begins with a shuttle from the airport to Alder Bay). Berry Island lies at the epicentre of one of the most biologically active regions on the coast, and is mostly protected due to its unique natural and cultural history. Upon arrival at Farewell Harbour, you’ll be warmly greeted by the lodge staff, provided with a short orientation and lunch and then settled into your rooms. Afterward, head out onto the water for an afternoon marine mammal viewing excursion in the protected waters of Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound. From early June to mid-October, witness Humpback whales, Steller sea lions, Pacific White Sided dolphins and Dall’s porpoises as they travel the biologically rich waters of the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. From mid-July to late September, Orca return to the Broughtons in search of salmon. Return to the lodge by 16:30 and join your fellow travellers for dinner at 18:30. After dinner, sit fireside in the lounge for an evening presentation on some aspect of coastal ecology. (L/D)
Accommodation: Farewell Harbour Lodge for 3, 4, 5 or 6 nights



After breakfast, meet on the dock at 08:00 for the first full-day bear viewing adventure. Visit one of several estuaries where you will view bears either from a zodiac or on foot depending on the tide. Grizzlies forage on sedge, roots and berries in the spring and summer and fall in the broad, braided estuaries. Late summer and fall may also offer opportunities to see Grizzlies fishing for salmon. Return to the lodge by 16:30 for dinner at 18:30, followed by an evening presentation on the Great Bear Rainforest, bears, whales or First Nations culture. (B/L/D)



After breakfast at 07:00, head out on the water at 08:00 for your choice of another bear viewing safari or a more extensive marine exploration. Marine excursions can also afford an opportunity to learn about the cultural traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations as we pass ancient villages sites, rock art called pictographs and other evidence of a rich history and vibrant present in the region. Return to the lodge by 16:30 for dinner and evening program. The 4, 5 and 6-night packages offer additional days spent marine mammal viewing, on bear safaris, sea kayaking, First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw cultural site visits or a host of other options. (B/L/D)



  A final morning commences with your choice of one of the following activities: a short morning sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge, a marine excursion, rainforest walk or forest bathing (Shinrin yoku) walk. Return to the lodge and take the water taxi back to Alder Bay as your package comes to an end. (B/L)

The above is a sample itinerary for a 3-night package. The actual itinerary may vary based on guests’ interests, weather and wildlife activity. The 4, 5 and 6-night packages offer additional days spent marine mammal viewing, on bear safaris, sea kayaking, First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw cultural site visits or a host of other options.


The primary lodge building and common area features a comfortable lounge and dining room, bar and a large brick fireplace surrounded by large windows and a wraparound deck boasting spectacular harbor views.

The expansive decks continue as a boardwalk along the shore, leading to 8 private oceanside suites perched on a bluff at the ocean’s edge overlooking picturesque Farewell Harbour. These suites feature ensuite bathrooms, a gas stove and 2 double beds.

A ramp leads off the main lodge to the floating lodge below featuring 4 additional suites, each with a gas stove, 2 queen beds and private bathroom.

How to get there

Car and water taxi
If driving to Alder Bay, you need to sail on BC Ferries from the Vancouver area to either Nanaimo or Victoria on Vancouver Island. From Victoria drive north on Highway 1 to Nanaimo. From Nanaimo, head north on Highway 19. 7 km before Port McNeill, turn onto Beaver Cove Road and continue for 4.3 km. Turn left onto Alder Bay Road and drive for 1.5 km to Alder Bay RV Park and Marina. Tip: if you cross a bridge over the Nimpkish River while driving north on Highway 19, you have gone too far. (The only other option to this route is north of Nanaimo just before you reach Parksville you can take the seaside route on Highway 19A). The driving time from Victoria to Alder Bay is approximately 6 hours and from Nanaimo to Alder Bay is approximately 4.5 hours. Free parking at the Alder Bay RV Park & Marina water taxi dock is provided for guests courtesy of Farewell Harbour Lodge.

Water Taxi Schedule (25-30 minutes)
Daily, Jun 1 – Oct 8
Departing Alder Bay: 12:30.
Arriving Alder Bay: daily at approximately noon.

Pacific Coastal Airlines offers daily service between Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal and Port Hardy Airport (approximately 65 minutes). To connect with the Alder Bay water taxi, please book the following flights. Farewell Harbour Lodge’s complimentary airport shuttle service will transfer passengers from Port Hardy Airport to the Alder Bay water taxi approximately 35 minutes).
Vancouver – Port Hardy
Port Hardy – Vancouver
Contact us for additional information and to book the flights.


** Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to special events, operation hours/days and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment.