Desolation Sound Wilderness Discovery Cruise - 5 day / 4 night


Itinerary

Pacific Coastal Cruises on board the Pacific Bear “Our Little Blue Boat”

The Pacific Bear at a dock

Pacific Coastal Cruises is redefining a journey of discovery along  British Columbia’s breathtaking coastal waterways. 

In this immersive, all-inclusive experience, your daylight hours are aboard the intimate Coastal Cruises’ the Pacific Bear, while overnights are spent at comfortable,curated eco-lodges in the heart  of unspoiled wilderness.

Reawaken your explorer’s spirit amidst the awesome vistas, fog ensconced mountain peaks, and austere, northern grandeur of  Desolation Sound. A paradise as pure and remote as any destination on earth, Desolation Sound remains virtually unchanged from its earliest discovery.   

Experience nature as it was meant to be. The Pacific Bear is equipped to navigate hidden channels and discrete anchorages, affording you unparalleled views of sea lions, seals and dolphins immersed in this pristine playground.  

From spawning salmon, to wild grizzlies or migrating humpback whales, every season is enhanced by a stroke of the supernatural. But no matter when you visit, tangible tranquility is at the heart of every voyage. 

The Bear’s friendly crew serves hearty breakfasts and wholesome lunches on deck, while a knowledgeable naturalist punctuates your voyage with gems of insight that enrich your adventure.  

Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge lobby In the evening, dinner is served at hand picked eco-lodges, which offer you unexpected comforts amidst the expansive landscape.  The spacious common room welcomes you to Homfray Lodge, imbued with the rich traditions of the Klahoose people, in the heart of Desolation Sound.  On Quadra Island, Tsa-Kaw Luten Lodge is home to the Laichwiltach people, where the First Nations’ architecture and art pay tribute to the ancestors who once fished and hunted on this land. 

The promise of Pacific Coastal Cruises runs deep. Join us for a journey of reflection and self-discovery.  In a world filled with clutter and noise, discover the calm that quiets the mind and reawakens the spirit. 

Highlights:

Itinerary

Pacific Bear boat and sunset with islands in background

• Search for whales, sea lions eagles and porpoises
• Explore quaint Harbour Villages including Lund & Gorge Harbours
• Discover First Nation Pictoglyphs 
• Spectacular coastal scenery 
• Stay at coastal lodges: The Historic Lund Hotel, Homfray Lodge and Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge on Quadra Island 
• Home style meals prepared by your on board chef with complimentary house wine & beer  
• Boutique Fishing Boat converted for exclusive Coastal Cruising – only 16 guests

Day 1: Monday

Itinerary

  • The Historic Lund Hotel Arrive on your own into Lund, BC, gateway to Desolation Sound 
    •  Note: Scheduled airport transfers are offered complimentary from Powell River Airport for guests flying (35 min.) from Vancouver
  • Welcome reception tonight dockside, on board the Pacific Bear. (Check-in scheduled for 5:00 pm)
  • Dinner and Overnight at The Historic Lund Hotel, Lund, BC 

Day 2: Tuesday

Itinerary

  • Depart onboard the Pacific Bear from Lund Harbour this morning and cruise to the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast and into spectacular Desolation Sound and remote Homfray Channel.
  • Breakfast and Lunch onboard the Pacific Bear. Cruise to Homfray Lodge 
  • Overnight Homfray Lodge 

Day 3: Wednesday

Itinerary

  • Full day cruise to spectacular Toba Inlet visiting waterfalls and watching for wildlife. Breakfast and Dinner at the Lodge. Lunch onboard the Pacific Bear. Overnight Homfray Lodge

Day 4: Thursday

Itinerary

  • Quadra Island Depart Homfray Channel and cruise Desolation Sound to Quadra Island and Heriot Bay.
  • Breakfast at the Lodge, Lunch onboard the Pacific Bear and farewell dinner. Overnight at Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Day 5: Friday

Itinerary

  • Depart Quadra Island and cruise to Lund Harbour 
  • Breakfast onboard the Pacific Bear. Return to Lund Harbour. (Estimated arrival at 12:00)

View full detailed day by day cruise itinerary here: Detailed Day by Day Cruise Itinerary

2018 Season

Dates with availability are listed below or contact us for latest availability, wait list or reserve your spot. 

2018 Departures

Dates Duration Departs Availability
June 18-22 5 Lund Sold Out 
June 25-29 5 Lund Sold Out 
July 2-6 5 Lund Sold Out
July 16-30 5 Lund  Sold Out 
July 23-27 ☆ 5 Lund Sold Out
July 30-August 3 5 Lund Sold Out 
August 13-17 5 Lund Sold Out
August 20-24 5 Lund Sold Out 
August 27-31 5 Lund 1 room left
September 3-7 5 Lund Sold Out 
September 10-14 5 Lund Sold Out 
September 17-21 5 Lund Sold Out 
September 24-28 5 Lund 3+ rooms left

Special Trip: Storytelling Cruise with guest storytelling guide Grant Lawrence 

July 23-27, 2018

Grant Lawrence is an award winning author, CBC personality, singer and columnist. His award winning book "Adventures In Solitude (Harbour Publishing, 2010)" offers a unique history of place and the growth of a young man amidst the magic of Desolation Sound. Join Grant as he guides us with stories including a visit to Cougar Lady Cabin for a walk around the property, Galley Bay for the nude potluck reading back dropped by the site of the Galley Bay hippie commune and Prideaux Haven / Flea Village for stories of "Scarface" Mike and Captain Vancouver. Learn More


2019 Departures

Dates Duration Departs Availability
June 17-21 5 Lund 3+ Spots
June 24-28 5 Lund 3+ Spots
July 1-5 5 Lund 3+ Spots
July 8-12 5 Lund  3+ Spots
July 15-19 5 Lund 3+ Spots
July 22-26 5 Lund 3+ Spots
July 29-August 2 5 Lund 3+ Spots
August 5-9 5 Lund 3+ Spots
August 12-16 5 Lund 3+ Spots
August 19-23 5 Lund 3+ Spots
August 26-30 5 Lund 3+ Spots
September 2-6 5 Lund 3+ Spots
September 9-13 5 Lund 3+ Spots
September 16-20 5 Lund 3+ Spots
September 23-27 5 Lund 3+ Spots 

 

Cruise Tours Costs

Early Season & Late Season

Departure Dates

June 18 to 25 & September 17 to 24

 

Rates

$2,555 per person 

  • Homfray Lodge - Lodge Suite with one bed and private bathroom
  • Lund & Quadra Island - Standard Room - Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

$2,695 per person 

  • Homfray Lodge - One Bedroom Chalet with Loft with one bedroom, private bathroom and living area and deck
  • Lund & Quadra Island - Standard Room - Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

$2,795 per person 

  • Homfray Lodge - Two Bedroom Chalet with Loft including two bedrooms in each room, each with one queen bed and loft with two queen beds, one private bathroom and living area
  • Lund & Quadra Island Standard Room Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel  & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

$2,265 x 4 guests**Special Shared Chalet pricing** quad & double occupancy

  • Homfray Lodge - Shared Chalet with two bedrooms; each with one queen bed plus a loft with two queen beds, one bathroom and shared living area and deck
  • Lund & Quadra Island- Standard Room - Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Single Supplement: $495


Peak Season

Departure Dates

July 2 to September 10 

Rates

$2,755 per person 

  • Homfray Lodge - Lodge Suite with one bed and private bathroom
  • Lund & Quadra Island - Standard Room - Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

$2,895 per person 

  • Homfray Lodge - One Bedroom Chalet with Loft with one bedroom, private bathroom and living area and deck
  • Lund & Quadra Island - Standard Room - Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

$2,995 per person 

  • Homfray Lodge - Two Bedroom Chalet with Loft including two bedrooms in each room, each with one queen bed and loft with two queen beds, one private bathroom and living area
  • Lund & Quadra Island Standard Room Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel  & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

$2,465 x 4 guests**Special Shared Chalet pricing** quad & double occupancy

  • Homfray Lodge - Shared Chalet with two bedrooms; each with one queen bed plus a loft with two queen beds, one bathroom and shared living area and deck
  • Lund & Quadra Island- Standard Room - Double Occupancy at the Historic Lund Hotel & Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Single Supplement: $495

Departure Dates

Included

  • 4 night's accommodation
    • 2 nights at Homfray Lodge, 1 night at The Historic Lund Hotel, 1 night at Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge 
  • All meals from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 5
  • All house beverages including wine and beer onboard the Pacific Bear and at Homfray Lodge
  • Onboard Naturalist
  • Luggage transport and handling plus scheduled airport transfer between Lund and Powell River Airport if required

Rates

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Lund*
    • Note we may add a complimentary schedule transfer between Lund and the Powell River Airport for guest flying (35 min.) from Vancouver 
  • Alcoholic beverages during meals at hotels in Lund and Quadra Island
  • Parking in Lund 
  • Taxes
  • Gratuities (Guideline of $30 per person per day)

*Pacific Coastal Airlines operates daily 35 minute flights from Vancouver Airport to Powell River Airport. We would be happy to help you arrange your flights. 

*Please Note

If a particular lodge, as highlighted in the itinerary, is unavailable for your departure, we reserve the right to secure alternate accommodation. In the event this does occur, you will be notified at time of booking.

Itineraries are guidelines and variations often occur for the best experience. 

View a detailed day by day itinerary here.

Crewed by a seasoned West Coast Captain, your naturalist guide, the “Little Blue Boat” is perfect for this cruise tour exploration.

Reserve Now. With limited space available (16 people only) these cruise/tours are quickly “sold out.”

Activities

Our naturalist cruise director is your guide, ensuring your experience is both enjoyable and enriching. Daily talks examine both local  wildlife and the region’s rich Indigenous history. As we follow the route first navigated by Captain George Vancouver, our Captain demonstrates navigating techniques, charting, and Seamanship Safety.  Onboard our Little Blue Boat, guests are encouraged to listen, learn, and participate.

Meals & Beverages

All meals are included, both onboard and/or on shore. The varied menus reflect the local seasons; This holds true for the beverages as well; beer – and home-grown wine– are included complimentary with your onboard meals and during your stay at Homfray Lodge. The meals will vary from cruise to cruise, ensuring that all guests savour foods at the height of their flavour. To inspire companionship, meals are generally served “family style.” 

Luggage Transport & Handling

Luggage is transported between the Pacific Bear and your accommodation from the morning of your cruise departure to the end of the cruise and is included in the tour price. We also offer complimentary airport transfers between Powell River Airport and Lund.

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