Farewell Harbour Lodge
British Columbia, Canada
At a Glance
Fantastic bear viewing opportunities for grizzly bears and black bears
One of the best spots for marine wildlife viewing in Canada
Family owned and run lodge, with an authentic atmosphere
Simple lodge accommodation, you visit here for the wildlife and the hospitality
Family friendly for children 10 years and up
Guests must be agile and able to get in and out of zodiac boats and navigate rocky shores
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Nestled on Berry Island, surrounded by ten acres of pristine rainforest, Farewell Harbour Lodge is an authentic family owned and run lodge, and an excellent base from which to see Grizzly Bears and marine mammals in their natural habitat.
Farewell Harbours main lodge features a comfortable communal lounge and dining room, bar with large picture windows. The lodges wrap around deck offers spectacular views of the harbour, perfect for wildlife spotting and to watch the spectacular sunsets. The decks link to a boardwalk along the short, where you'll find eight simple but comfortable oceanside suites with ensuite bathrooms, a wood stove and two queen size beds. In addition, there are four charming floating suites each with a private bathroom.
What is so unique about Farewell Harbour versus other bear viewing lodges, is the fantastic combination of bears and marine mammals that are included in their guiding programme. Guests are encouraged to head out on the water by boat, kayak or paddle board, in search of whales, dolphins, harbour seals and fishing eagles that are at home here in the inlets. Bear viewing remains a key attraction of a visit to Farewell Harbour, with guided excursions to see Grizzly Bears near Knight Inlet taken by zodiac and then on foot to see these majestic creatures at their best. Black bears are more often seen from boats, foraging on the shorelines of the inlets.
Farewell Harbour Lodge is also known for its relationship with First Nations communities, and engaging talks and educational trips are recommended for those interested in learning more. Guided activities aside, Farewell Harbour also offers untamed forests to explore at your leisure.
Farewell Harbour Lodge combines eight land based cabins and four charming floating cabins linked by a floating walkway, all with private bathrooms and two queen size beds.
Children are made incredibly welcome at Farewell Harbour Lodge from the age of 10 years and up.
Meals at Farewell Harbour Lodge are served in the main dining room, with a selection of the freshest catch and wines from British Columbia being a constant on the menu.
Day 1 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
On your first day at Farewell Harbour, you'll arrive at the lodge by water taxi from Alder Bay. After a welcome orientation and lunch, you'll head off by boat in search of marine wildlife on the Johnson Strait.
Day 2 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
Today will be a wildlife viewing day to remember as you head out by boat to on your first full day bear viewing adventure to one of the main grizzly viewing estuaries.
Day 3 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
Today you'll be back on the water for another bear viewing safari or you can opt for an extenstive exploration of the Johnstone Strait in search of whales.
Day 4 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
Today you'll choose to enjoy your last day at Farewell Harbour either on a guided rainforest hike, a marine excursion or take a short kayak around Farewell Harbour, and soak in this secluded and spectacular island in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Location & directions
British Columbia, Canada
Located on Berry Island, in the Great Bear Rainforest.
How to get there
Farewell Harbour Lodge is accessed from Port Hardy, with lodge transfers by road and then boat into the lodge.
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