As a marine based cruise operator and remote fly-in wilderness lodge, we are aware of our environmental footprint. While we mostly operate “off the grid”, we work hard to do the reduce, reuse and recycle which would include everything from energy efficiency to food sources to how we work with the local community and First Nations.
Desolation Sound falls within the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, and Hamalco First Nations and has been inhabited by these groups prior to the arrival of Europeans. In the summer of 1792, two expeditions led by Captains George Vancouver, Dionisio Alcalá Galiano and Cayetano Valdés y Flores arrived and cooperated in mapping the Sound. Vancouver named it Desolation Sound, cryptically claiming that "there was not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye”. We don’t think Captain Vancouver had eco-tourism in mind when he made this claim. Today we cruise Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea, which still hosts healthy populations of wildlife, from grizzly bears to orcas and humpback whales, all species that were present when Captain Vancouver sailed here in 1792. Without any roads, this is a land of island archipelagoes and long inlets that reach back into the glacier-capped Coastal Mountain range.
Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours, with Homfray Lodge, are members of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association (CBVA). The CBVA is committed to ensuring a sustainable grizzly bear viewing industry in BC that respects the bears and their ecosystems. After the closure of the grizzly hunt in British Columbia in December 2017, the bear viewing industry came together to create a Conservation Licence Fee. We collect these fees with every Grizzly Bear Viewing package. All monies of this licence will go to the Grizzly Bear Foundation for conservation and education of grizzly bears. The Grizzly Bear Foundation is committed to the conservation and preservation of grizzly bears in British Columbia. Modelled after the angling licence, the conservation licence fee is there to begin the regulation of commercial bear viewing in British Columbia.
As salmon drive and feed this eco system, we encourage you to learn more about concern over low salmon returns here on the BC coast. For more information on wild salmon issues, please consult the following websites Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
We realize that we operate in areas that are also economically important to First Nations and industries such as logging and commercial fisheries. As a result, we strive hard to be good corporate citizens and to work cooperatively with these industries and with First Nations. In particular we have formed a partnership with the Klahoose First Nations, who provide the guides and infrastructure for our Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours in remote Toba Inlet. To lean more: Klahoose Coastal Adventures.
We are very fortunate to call British Columbia our home. We thank you for helping us keep this spectacular marine environment intact for future generations to enjoy.