Desolation Sound Wilderness Discovery Cruise - 5 days / 4 nights


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 wholesome lunches on deck, while a knowledgeable naturalist punctuates your voyage with gems of insight that enrich your adventure.  

Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge lobby Dinner and breakfast are 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 humpback whales, sea lions eagles and porpoises
• Explore quaint Harbour Villages including Lund & Gorge Harbours
• Discover First Nation Pictoglyphs 
• Witness spectacular coastal scenery 
• Stay at coastal lodges: Our own Homfray Lodge and Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge on Quadra Island 
• Cruise aboard our 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
  • Lund, BC, Embarkation.
  • Welcome reception and meet the crew of the Pacific Bear as we set off from the quaint village of Lund. Cruising north into Desolation Sound, we will pass Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park a haven for boaters and kayakers with its calm waters and sheltered anchorages. As we leave the boaters behind we cruise into Homfray Channel, one of the deepest in North America and flanked by towering peaks including the majestic Mount Denman (1920 m, 6299 ft straight up from the sea). In the evening, we reach Homfray Lodge nestled in the remote wilderness of Desolation Sound, where we meet the staff and enjoy our meals prepared by the lodge's chef. 
  • Dinner and Overnight at Homfray Lodge.

Day 2: Tuesday

Itinerary

  • Cruising today as we travel north into remote Toba Inlet, a deep fjord with steep peaks, glacier green water and spectacular waterfalls. Return to Homfray Lodge this afternoon with time to relax on the lodge's expansive dock as chef prepares your dinner.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight Homfray Lodge. 

Day 3: Wednesday

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  • Boat at dock in Desolation Sound with green water and flower planters Today you may enjoy the rustic charm and authentic warmth of Homfray Lodge. Warm summer temperatures and the meeting of the tides cause the Desolation Sound to have the mildest climate, abundant sea life and warmest water on the BC coast, with ocean temperatures reaching up to 24°C (75°F). This peaceful setting allows you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, vibrant marine life, and the lodge's activities such as kayaks, stand up paddle boards or optional eco boat tours. With the warm waters you can even enjoy a swim off the lodge's dock!
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Homfray Lodge.  

Day 4: Thursday

Itinerary

  • Quadra Island Depart Homfray Channel and cruise Desolation Sound to Quadra Island and Heriot Bay. Keep your cameras ready as this is the day we spot most of our Humpback Whales!
  • Breakfast at the Lodge, Lunch onboard the Pacific Bear.
  • Farewell Dinner and overnight at Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge.

Day 5: Friday

Itinerary

  • Depart after breakfast aboard the Pacific Bear.
  • Cruise from Quadra Island to Lund Harbour. 
  • Return to Lund Harbour. (Estimated arrival at 12:00)

 

2019 Season

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

2019 Departures

Dates Duration Departs Availability
June 10-14 5 Lund 3+ spots
June 17-21 5 Lund 3+ spots
July 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


2019 - Special Guests Storytelling Cruise " Adventures in Solitude"

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


 

 

 

Cruise Tours Costs

2019 Season

Departure Dates

June 10 to August 26

Rates

$3,195 per person, double occupancy

  • Homfray Lodge - Lodge Suite with one bed and private bathroom
  • Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge - Standard Room 

$3,295 per person, double occupancy

  • Homfray Lodge - One Bedroom Chalet with Loft with one bedroom, private bathroom, living area and deck
  • Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge - Standard Room 

$3,395 per person, double occupancy 

  • Homfray Lodge - Two Bedroom Chalet with two rooms; each with one queen bed and loft with two queen beds, one private bathroom, living area, and deck.
  • Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge - Standard Room 

$2,795 x 4 guests **Special Shared Chalet Pricing** quad occupancy

  • Homfray Lodge - Shared Chalet with two rooms; each with one queen bed and loft with two queen beds, one bathroom, shared living area, and deck.
  • Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge - Standard Room
All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Single Supplement: $595

Departure Dates

Included

  • 4 nights' accommodation
    • 3 nights at Homfray Lodge and 1 night at Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge 
  • All meals from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 5
  • House beverages including wine and beer aboard 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 dinner at Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge
  • 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. 

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 on board 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 on board and with meals 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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