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Voyage of Discovery
Special Guest Tour with Marine Painter John Horton

Join award-winning marine artist and history enthusiast, John Horton, next June as we cruise 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 on board 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 and will tell stories of the voyage of George Vancouver as we cruise up to Homfray Channel. On Day 2, John will talk more of the voyage as we cruise up Toba Inlet and have lunch on board beside beautiful waterfalls. And on Day 3, John will lead an evening talk on his George Vancouver's Voyage of Discovery. 

  • Search for humpback whales, sea lions, eagles, and porpoises 
  • Explore quaint harbour villages including Lund & Gorge Harbours 
  • Discover First Nation Pictographs
  • Witness spectacular coastal scenery 
  • Stay at exclusive wilderness lodges
  • Cruise aboard our vessel for exclusive coastal exploration – only 16 guests 
Couple standing on dock

Day 1: Monday

 Arrive on your own into Lund, BC, the gateway to Desolation Sound.
Note: Scheduled airport transfers are offered complimentary from Powell River Airport 

 Lund, BC, Embarkation 

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. In the late afternoon, we reach our destination, where we meet the staff and enjoy our meals prepared by the lodge's chef.  

Overnight in Homfray Channel 

Woman staring at waterfall

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 onboard, right beside one of the many spectacular waterfalls.  

Return to the lodge in the afternoon with time to enjoy your afternoon at leisure and partake in on-land activities.  

Overnight in Homfray Channel  

Sunny day on the dock surrounded by flowers

Day 3: Wednesday

Today, enjoy the rustic charm and authentic warmth of the 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 and stand up paddleboards. With the warm waters, you can even enjoy a swim off the lodge's dock!  

Overnight in Homfray Channel

Humpback whale breaching

Day 4: Thursday

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!

Overnight on Quadra Island

Guests chatting on top deck

Day 5: Friday

After breakfast, cruise from Quadra Island to Lund Harbour. 

 Return to Lund Harbour (estimated arrival at 12:00pm). 

Popular Sights
  • Humpback Whales
  • Seals
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Lions
  • Orcas
  • Grizzly Bears
Trip Dates


Double Occupancy
Homfray Lodge
Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge
$3,295per person
Homfray Lodge
Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge
$3,395per person
Homfray Lodge
Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge
$3,495per person
Quad Occupancy *Special Shared Chalet Pricing
Homfray Lodge
Tsa-Kwa Luten Lodge
$2,895per person x 4 guests
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All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

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 ship and at Homfray Lodge

Onboard Naturalist

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.

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