2019 Desolation Sound Tours
Voyage of Discovery Cruise
Special Guest Cruise with Marine Painter John Horton
Join award-winning marine artist and history enthusiast, John Horton, on board the Pacific Bear next June on two cruises through Desolation Sound. John, accompanied by his wife Mary, will share his passion and fascination with the coast. As he guides us through channels and inlets, he will give us a glimpse of the first explorations of the Pacific Northwest. He is not an unfamiliar face to these waters as he has spent many years onboard his 52’ converted US navy "launch" (built in Pearl Harbour in 1944 and reportedly used by Admiral Nimitz as his launch or navy terms "barge"), producing paintings of tug boats, freighters, fish boats, pleasure crafts and of course, the historic vessels of the Captain Vancouver story.
John will join our cruise on Day 1 as we board the Pacific Bear and will tell stories of the voyage of George Vancouver as we cruise up to Homfray Lodge. On Day 2, John will talk more of the voyage as we cruise up Toba Inlet and have lunch on board The Pacific Bear beside beautiful waterfalls. And on Day 3, he will put on a watercolour painting demonstration at Homfray Lodge. Cruise departs from Lund or Powell River on June 10th and 24th. Ask about flights from Vancouver....they are only 35 minutes!
- 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 exclusive wilderness 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
Arrive on your own into Lund, BC, gateway to Desolation Sound.
Note: Scheduled airport transfers are offered complimentary from Powell River Airport
Welcome reception and meet the crew of the Pacific Bear as we set off from Lund.
Guest guide, John Horton, will join us today for a one-of-a-kind tour of Desolation Sound. John will guide us into Desolation Sound through the eyes of Captain George Vancouver. 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 late afternoon, 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
After breakfast at Homfray Lodge, we will cruise north into remote Toba Inlet, a deep sound with steep peaks and glacial green water. Enjoy lunch on board The Pacific Bear, right beside one of the many spectacular waterfalls.
Return to Homfray Lodge in time to enjoy an afternoon at leisure with time to relax on the lodge's expansive dock or kayak to Foster Point.
Lunch served on board; breakfast, dinner and overnight at Homfray Lodge
Day 3: Wednesday
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, most 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 an eco boat tour to explore the nearby waters. With the warm waters, you can even enjoy a swim off the lodge's dock!
After lunch, John will carry out a water colour painting demonstration.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Homfray Lodge
Day 4: Thursday
Depart Homfray Channel and cruise Desolation Sound to Quadra Island and Heriot Bay, watching for Humpback Whales.
Breakfast at the Lodge, Lunch on board the Pacific Bear
Farewell dinner and overnight at Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge.
Day 5: Friday
Depart after breakfast from Quadra Island and cruise to Lund Harbour (estimated arrival at 12:30pm).
- Humpback Whales
- Sea Lions
- Grizzly Bears
Single Supplement $695
Extra Person $1,645
Included in Price
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 aboard the Pacific Bear and at Homfray Lodge
Eco Boat Tour from Homfray Lodge
Luggage transport and handling plus scheduled airport transfer between Lund and Powell River Airport if required
Not Included in Price
Transportation from your home and our embarkation location in Lund, BC
Note we may add a complimentary schedule transfer between Lund and the Powell River Airport if you are flying (35 minute flight) from Vancouver with Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Alcoholic beverages during dinner at Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge
Parking in Lund
5% Tax and Service Fee of $35 per person per day
*We would be happy to help you arrange your flights or travel to Powell River or Lund. To learn more about getting to us please see our Arrivals and Departures information.
CALL 1(844) 504-1392 TO BOOK