First Passage to the West with Desolation Sound Grizzly Bears


Rocky Mountaineer

Itinerary

Rocky Mountaineer map from Banff to Kamloops to Vancouver Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to the Pacific Coastal City of Vancouver. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons.

From Vancouver you will fly to Lund, BC and the end of the Sunshine Coast and gateway to Desolation Sound. From here you will embark on a journey of discovery, cruising with the small ship and naturalist lead Pacific Bear, a converted fishing vessel and explorer the waters of Desolation Sound and join and exclusive Grizzly Bear Viewing tour into remote Toba Inlet. Spend three nights at the exclusive Homfray Lodge. This remote cedar timber lodge sits in the rain forest. This has train, the Canadian Rockies and an exclusive cruise into the beauty of Coastal British Columbia.

If you're a history buff, nature lover...especially Grizzly Bears,  this route is for you.

Day 1: Tuesday

Itinerary

Banff Arrival

Independent arrival in Banff. Whether you're interested in outdoor activities, prefer soaking in Banff's famous sulphurous hot springs or simply want to take in the stunning views at the top of the gondola, Banff is the ideal Canadian destination. Located in Canada's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff offers breathtaking vistas, culinary adventures, and abundant wildlife viewing. Overnight in Banff.

Day 2: Wednesday

Itinerary

Banff to Kamloops 

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Thursday

Itinerary

Kamloops to Vancouver

Aerial of Vancouver Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Friday

Itinerary

Vancouver to Homfray Lodge

This morning fly from Vancouver South Terminal to Powell River. Upon arrival in Powell River you will be transferred to Lund, the end of Highway 101 and gateway to Desolation Sound. 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 5: Saturday

Itinerary

Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour 

Grizzly Bear eating salmon Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours depart Homfray Lodge with a cruise to Toba Inlet. Upon arriving at the river, you will receive a warm and traditional welcome from the Klahoose First Nation guides. A short drive will transport you to specifically designed viewing areas where we spend about three hours with the bears in their natural habitat from raised and covered viewing platforms along the remote wilderness river. The highlight of the tour will be the chance to view the grizzly bears feeding on salmon in the natural habitat. Our grizzly bear tours are limited to 12 guests for an intimate experience and less impact on the bears. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight Homfray Lodge

Day 6: Sunday

Itinerary

Grizzly Bear Viewing 

Grizzly Bear

Today we enjoy another cruise into Toba Inlet for a three hour Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight Homfray Lodge

Day 7: Monday

Itinerary

Homfray Lodge to Vancouver 

Pacific Bear boat and sunset Homfray Lodge Departure after breakfast

Naturalist talking to guest on board as we cruise this morning from Homfray Lodge south through Homfray Channel, past Desolation Sound Marine Park, and back to the Sunshine Coast and Lund Harbour.

Your vacation ends upon arrival at the Vancouver Airport South Terminal 

2019 Departures

Dates with availability are listed below or contact us for latest availability, wait list or reserve your spot.  For dates from June to August please see the Rockies to Coast tour.

Dates Duration Departs Availability
August 27-Sep 2 7 Banff Call for availability
September 3-9 7 Banff Call for availability
September 10-16 7 Banff Call for availability
September 17-23 7 Banff Call for availability
September 24-30 7 Banff Call for availability
October 1-7 7 Banff Call for availability
October 8-14 7 Banff Call for availability

Cruise Tours Costs

2019 SilverLeaf Service

Departure Dates

August 27 - October 14 

For dates from June to August see the First Passage to the West with Desolation Sound Cruise

SilverLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer train

Rates

$4,595 per person double occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - SilverLeaf Service 
  • Homfray Lodge - Lodge Suite with one bed and private bathroom

$4,695 per person double occupancy 

  • Rocky Mountaineer - SilverLeaf Service 
  • Homfray Lodge - One Bedroom Chalet with Loft with one bedroom, private bathroom and living area and deck

$4,795 per person double occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - SilverLeaf Service 
  • 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

$4,245 x 4 guests quad occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - SilverLeaf Service 
  • 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

All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Single Supplement: $1545 Extra Person: On request

2019 GoldLeaf Service

Departure Dates

August 27 - October 14 

For dates from June to August see the First Passage to the West with Desolation Sound Cruise

Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf 4 women

Rates

$6,095 per person double occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service 
  • Homfray Lodge - Lodge Suite with one bed and private bathroom

$6,195 per person double occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service 
  • Homfray Lodge - One Bedroom Chalet with Loft with one bedroom, private bathroom and living area and deck

$6,295 per person double occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service 
  • 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

$5,095 x 4 guests quad occupancy

  • Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service 
  • 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

All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Single Supplement: $1095 Extra Person: On Request 

Departure Dates

Includes

  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation
  • Rail station transfers in Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Vancouver Lookout 
  • 3 nights' accommodation at Homfray Lodge
  • Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour (morning tour, approximately 6 hours including cruise to Toba Inlet with 2-3 hours bear viewing) - exclusive to just 12 guests and guided by Klahoose First Nation Guides. 
  • Onboard Naturalist on the cruise between Lund and Homfray Lodge and during the Day Cruise on Saturday
  • Return Flight (25 Min) from Vancouver Airport South Terminal to Powell River Airport 
  • Luggage transport and handling plus scheduled airport transfer between Powell River Airport and Lund

Rates

Not Included

  • Transportation from Calgary airport
  • Transportation to Vancouver airport
  • Meals, other than specified
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, cruise, hotel, transfer staff and Grizzly Bear Viewing guides 
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable

We're eager to hear about your interest in our tours! Call us at (604) 566-8027 or Contact Us

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*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.

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