Follow the road less traveled, the one that leads you to purest kind of wilderness experience. In the Vancouver Island North region, spanning the mountains and coasts of the Island and adjacent mainland, there are vast expanses of land that are still unsettled. Our regional and provincial parks are as much a part of the Island as it’s people. As much a part of our heritage as the small towns settled over 100 years ago.

  • 1-2 Day Adventures

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH AND CAMP AT LINK RIVER

    Day 1

    TOUR THE KARST FEATURES OF THE ALICE LAKE LOOP

    Spend a day traveling the Alice Lake Loop for the opportunity to view features typical of a fascinating landform known as karst, a landscape largely formed by water action in soluble bedrocks such as limestone and marble.

    Stop at the feature sites, the Eternal Fountain and the Devil’s bath to get a closer look at these formations. Interpretive signage will help explain the process that has shaped these features.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    Day 2

    LITTLE HUSON CAVES

    Little Huson Caves Regional Park, a 45-minute drive south of Port McNeill, off the Zeballos road, is the perfect place for an introduction to these magical formations carved by nature. It’s a caving experience for all levels – even if you’re not interested in going underground. A self-guided tour here includes stops at a natural rock bridge and walk-in, cathedral-style cave.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    1-2 Day Adventures - Parks & Camping

    EQ Traveller Type

    Cultural Explorer
    Authentic Experiencer
    Free Spirit
    Cultural History Buff
    Some aspects for Rejuvenator
    Some aspects for Gentle Explorer

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    Additional Activities

    • Hit the trails – Beaver Lake Interpretive Trail, Marble River
    • Find unique artistic treasures at Port Alice galleries
    • Stretch your legs with a stroll along the Port McNeill harbour front walkway or Rotary Trail, or head inland for a forested hiking trail or recreation site
    • The Nimpkish Valley has the only operational rail logging operation in Canada, visit the Locomotive 113 Heritage Park to see how things were done when steam engines pulled the load
    • Climb a steep trail to the restored Woss Fire Lookout Tower at the top of Lookout Mountain, the site of an operational fire watchtower from 1948-1987
  • 3-5 Day Adventures

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH AND CAMP AT QUATSE CAMPGROUND

    Day 1

    HIKE THE TEX LYON TRAIL

    This challenging 12-kilometre trek to Dillon Point from Storey’s Beach offers a wonderful adventure. At points along the Tex Lyon Trail you will pop out from the forested trail onto rocky bluffs with panoramic ocean views. Dillon Point is the turn-around for this out-and-back trail and can be reached in about 5 hours so adventurers setting out on this trek should give themselves a full day for the return trip. Be sure to check the tides and allow at least eight hours for the round trip.

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    Day 2

    CHARTER AN OCEAN OR FRESHWATER FISHING CHARTER

    All five varieties of Pacific salmon migrate through Queen Charlotte Strait, and fishermen get first dibs on catches headed for spawning grounds further south in BC. Halibut, snapper and cod might also be the catch of the day. Inland, our lakes are great places to relax and wait for the trout to bite. Local guides are equipped with all the gear and the expertise to have you reeling in a prize catch.

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    Day 3

    CAMP AT KWAKSISTAH CAMPGROUND & HIKE BOTEL TRAIL PARK

    Arrive at the edge of the North Island near the village of Winter Harbour and breath in the ocean air under a canopy of tall trees. Kwaksistah Campground is a wilderness oceanfront site with remote surroundings. Located close by, Botel Park offers a rainforest hike from the community to an outside shore.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    Day 4

    WALK A WEST COAST BEACH

    Head west from the village of Winter Harbour to the white sand beach of Grant Bay. From the trailhead and newly expanded parking area, it’s just a short 10 minute hike to this isolated bay facing the open Pacific Ocean. Soft sand and rocky headlands make for a great day of beachcombing and exploration.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    Day 5

    EXPLORE LITTLE HUSON CAVES

    Little Huson Caves Regional Park, a 45-minute drive south of Port McNeill, off the Zeballos road, is the perfect place for an introduction to these magical formations carved by nature. It’s a caving experience for all levels – even if you’re not interested in going underground. A self-guided tour here includes stops at a natural rock bridge and walk-in, cathedral-style cave.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    3-5 Day Adventures - Parks & Camping

    EQ Traveller Type

    Cultural Explorer
    Authentic Experiencer
    Free Spirit
    Cultural History Buff
    Some aspects for Rejuvenator
    Some aspects for Gentle Explorer

    EQ Traveller Type Quiz

    Additional Activities

    • It’s all about salmon at the Quatse Salmon Centre in Port Hardy, learn about the important role salmon play in the life of whales
    • Dig your toes into the sand at Storey’s Beach, at low tide this wide, sandy beach is a prime location for picnics and beachcombing, or an evening beach fire (check seasonal restrictions), Tide Guides available at the Port Hardy Visitor Centre
    • Glimpse into the early settlement days on the North Island at the Port Hardy Museum & Archives
    • Find the perfect Island-inspired gift item to remember your trip by, shop galleries in Port Hardy, Fort Rupert, Port McNeill & Alert Bay
    • Explore a garden in the midst of the rainforest at Ronning’s Garden, wander the grounds to discover the plantings started by an early settler to the area, Bernt Ronning
    • If you’re heading west, be sure to stop at the Shoe Tree on the eastern end of Kains Lake, this old cedar snag is covered with hundreds of shoes contributed by visitors
    • Take a kayak tour out of Telegraph Cove for another chance to see whales from a different perspective, 2 or 4 hour options available
    • You will be struck immediately by Telegraph Cove’s charm, dig into the roots of this place by touring historic boardwalk
  • 5+ Day Adventures

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH

    Day 1

    CAMP AT BERE POINT CAMPSITE

    Situated on the north side of Malcolm Island, near the community of Sointula, Bere Point Campsite has stunning views across Queen Charlotte Strait to the coast mountains on BC’s mainland coast. Oceanfront, ocean view and forested campsites available.

    Travel by ferry required.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    Day 2

    HIKE THE BEAUTIFUL BAY TRAIL

    Walk softly along the spongy forest trail to the viewing platform at Bere Point. Lookout over the ocean and be on the look out – if you are lucky enough, you might just hear the water rippling as a killer whale approaches to rub on the pebble beach below. The population of killer whales that visits this area are the only killer whales in the world known to have this rubbing behaviour. Please do not interfere with the whales and maintain a respectful distance by viewing from the platform only. The Beautiful Bay Trail continues from the viewpoint and is a 5 km round trip out-and-back trail. It winds along a ridge through the forest with periodic glimpses of the sea and coastal mountains. Beach exits and the tide give hikers the option of designing their own circle route.

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    Day 3

    SPEND A DAY WITH THE WOLVES

    By observing wolf behaviour, we can better understand this highly intelligent, sentient animal and begin to understand why they play such a vitally important part in creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Watch the natural behaviour of Nahanni and Mahikan as they play, compete and bond. These behaviours will also be observed by watching short videos of Nahanni, Mahikan, and Tundra. Tours run 3 – 5 hours in duration in Sointula on Malcolm Island.

    Travel on logging road required.

    Travel by ferry required.

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    Day 4

    CAMP AT LINK RIVER CAMPGROUND & TOUR THE KARST FEATURES OF THE ALICE LAKE LOOP

    Get situated at Link River Campground on Alice Lake and spend a day traveling the Alice Lake Loop for the opportunity to view features typical of a fascinating landform known as karst, a landscape largely formed by water action in soluble bedrocks such as limestone and marble.

    Stop at the feature sites, the Eternal Fountain and the Devil’s bath to get a closer look at these formations. Interpretive signage will help explain the process that has shaped these features.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    Day 5

    EXPLORE LITTLE HUSON CAVES

    Little Huson Caves Regional Park, a 45-minute drive south of Port McNeill, off the Zeballos road, is the perfect place for an introduction to these magical formations carved by nature. It’s a caving experience for all levels – even if you’re not interested in going underground. A self-guided tour here includes stops at a natural rock bridge and walk-in, cathedral-style cave.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    Day 6

    WHALE WATCHING DAY TOUR

    Whale watching day tour durations range from 2 – 5 hours. Daily scheduled departures from Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill, Alder Bay, or Port Hardy.

    Members of a population of some 285 fish-eating orcas known as the “Northern Residents” are often in the area in pursuit of salmon. The more stealthy marine mammal-eating population of killer whales known as “Transients” are also often hunting in the area. Humpback whales are back from the brink of extinction and are now spotted with increasing frequency.

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    Day 7

    BEAR VIEWING DAY TRIP

    Bear viewing day tours have early-morning daily departures from Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill or Alert Bay returning in the afternoon. Day tours are full-day experiences, typically 9 hours in duration. Mammoth grizzly bears thrive just a short distance from the north island in the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. These bears spend the May to October season feeding at the edges of the inlet and in the surrounding river systems.

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    Day 8

    HIKE THE ALPINE AT MOUNT CAIN

    During the winter months, the slopes of Mount Cain are covered in Vancouver Island’s best powder and skiers and snowboarders carve up the 1,499 vertical feet of terrain. During the summer months, the ski trails are a great way for hikers to access the alpine and take in the high-altitude views.

    Travel on logging road required.

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    5+ Day Adventures - Parks & Camping

    EQ Traveller Type

    Cultural Explorer
    Authentic Experiencer
    Free Spirit
    Cultural History Buff
    Some aspects for Rejuvenator
    Some aspects for Gentle Explorer

    EQ Traveller Type Quiz

    Additional Activities

    • Learn about the utopian ideals that the community was founded on at the Sointula Museum
    • Find unique artistic treasures at Sointula and Port Alice galleries
    • Borrow a bike and cruise Kaleva Road, the bikes are free to borrow, just sign one out at the Sointula Resource Centre
    • Learn about biology, habitat needs and threats to local marine mammals at the Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph Cove
    • You will be struck immediately by Telegraph Cove’s charm, dig into the roots of this place by touring historic boardwalk
    • The Nimpkish Valley has the only operational rail logging operation in Canada, visit the Locomotive 113 Heritage Park to see how things were done when steam engines pulled the load