Welcome to central & northern Vancouver Island!
You may have come a long way to spend your well-deserved vacation in this natural part of the world, or you may be a returning local discovering new places in your beautiful backyard.
From lush forests to stunning shorelines, the central and northern region of Vancouver Island is unlike anywhere else. Find a comfortable place to stay before and after your kayak tour with our accommodation suggestions, and be inspired to extend your vacation with some of our top Vancouver Island North bucket-list recommendations.
TELEGRAPH COVE RESORT
Located in the heart of historic Telegraph Cove, Telegraph Cove Resort offers a variety of accommodation choices. Options include cabins & historic homes, dockside suites, and hotel rooms at the new Telegraph Cove Lodge. Camping and RV parking also available.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 928 313, [email protected],
Located a 25-minute drive north of Telegraph Cove for more options before and after the tours listed above.
BLACK BEAR RESORT
The Black Bear Resort offers newly built, comfortable guest rooms with ocean views and is conveniently situated close to the main shopping centre of Port McNeill, restaurants, and many of the town services.
Local: 1 866 956 4900, & Overseas: 250 956 4900, [email protected],
HAIDA WAY INN
The Haida Way is located near downtown Port McNeill and is within walking distance of shopping, the harbour and the ferry terminal. They have their own full-service restaurant and pub.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 956 3373
The Sportsman’s Inn offers harbour view rooms and an accompanying restaurant.
Local & Overseas: 250 956 3354 | [email protected]
Accommodation before and after: Desolation Sound Expedition
CHIPPERFIELD HOLLOW B&B
Local & Overseas: 1 250 285 2422, [email protected], chipperfieldhollow.com
HARBOUR HOUSE B&B
Local & Overseas: 1 250 285 2556, [email protected], harbourhouse.bc.ca
One of the most beautiful settings you will find anywhere, and also conveniently located right in Heriot Bay. This ocean side resort has charming self contained A-frame cabins or terrace view rooms. Camping is also available. Also provides a hot tub, tennis and basketball court and barbecues. There is generally a 2 night minimum stay required, however exceptions are sometimes made.
Local & Overseas: 1 877 285 8258, [email protected], takuresort.com
HERIOT BAY INN
Our friendly local pub and restaurant. Gift store, ocean views & beach access. Beautiful dining deck & front yard overlooking the marina. This is the location of our pre-tour welcome meeting and they do have accommodation, but most of their rooms are located over top of the pub, so please ensure that if you stay here you are keen to be a part of the party or request one of their quieter rooms.
Overseas: 1 888 605 4545, Local: 250 285 3322, [email protected], heriotbayinn.com
Beautiful Camping on Quadra Island
WE WAI KAI CAMPSITE
Waterfront location in Heriot Bay, situated at the edge of Rebecca Spit Provincial Park. Has both waterfront and forest campsites. Showers and full-hookups are available. 15-20 minute walk to shops in Heriot Bay as well as the Heriot Bay Inn, the tour pre-trip meeting location.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 285 3111, [email protected],
BELLA BELLA & DENNY ISLAND
Accommodation before and after: Great Bear Rainforest Expedition
As Bella Bella has limited accommodation options we encourage our guests to also consider Denny Island, a beautiful island that is just a short water taxi ride from Bella Bella. Some accommodations offer pick-ups from Bella Bella. Otherwise there is a public water taxi service offered by Shearwater Resort & Marina on Denny Island.
BELLA GUEST CABINS
A friendly place to stay that is cozy, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Two self contained units accommodate up to four people each.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 957 8019, [email protected], bellaguestcabins.comRead More
ANNETTE’S BEACH HOUSE
A peaceful and secluded house on the beach in central Bella Bella. Three rooms available (queen and two singles) with shared kitchen and bathroom. Wifi available.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 957 7423, [email protected]
DENNY ISLAND BED & BREAKFAST
A self contained cabin nestled amongst the trees, atop a hill with stunning panoramic views of the ocean and Coast Mountain range. Accommodates up to five.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 957 4248, [email protected], dennyislandbandb.com
SHEARWATER RESORT & MARINA
A variety of accommodation options are available at the resort (private cottages, an upscale lodge, an RV park and campground).
Local & Overseas: 1 250 957 2666, [email protected], shearwater.ca
DRIFTER’S COVE CABIN
Hand built cabin on a large acreage with a private beach. The cabin features a master bedroom, loft, kitchen, dining area, living room, library and laundry. Accommodates up to five.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 957 7177, [email protected], drifterscove.com
C’IDAWAI (SPINDRIFT) POINT CABINS
Spectacular waterfront cabin rentals, self-contained and private, in a forested setting. Accommodates up to 4.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 957 2920, [email protected], cidawaipoint.com
INSIDE PASSAGE COTTAGES
This self-contained cottage has a fantastic view of Pacific inlet. It’s a perfect place to recharge and refresh before your kayaking adventure.
Local & Overseas: 1 587 434 0226, [email protected], insidepassagecottages.ca
Accommodation before and after: Nuchatlitz Expedition
Fully furnished self-contained 2 bedroom guest suite, plus an additional two bedrooms in the main house.
Local & Overseas: 1 250 934 7979, [email protected], nootkagold.com
For more Tahsis lodging options ranging from ocean-view hotels to B&Bs to campgrounds, check out the Village of Tahsis’ recommendations.
VANCOUVER ISLAND BUCKET-LIST
Our Top 10 Places to Explore on Central & Northern Vancouver Island
1. Telegraph Cove Village
Explore quaint and historic Telegraph Cove, the gateway to the Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, and Broughton Archipelago for many of our tours. Walk along the waterfront boardwalk lined with colourful historic buildings and be sure to visit the Whale Interpretive Center to learn about the local whales and see a 60-foot fin whale skeleton!
2. Cape Scott Provincial Park
Discover the stunning, sandy beaches of Cape Scott Provincial Park. Access beautiful San Josef Bay in less than an hour on a wheelchair accessible path or make it a longer backpacking trip through diverse coastal terrain to reach remote coastal beaches.
3. Alert Bay
Visit Alert Bay, internationally renowned as a center for First Nations culture, home to the ‘Namgis First Nation of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Be sure to spend some time at the U’mista Cultural Center featuring a collection of masks and regalia that the Kwakwaka’wakw people fought for decades to bring home after the 1885 to 1951 potlatch ban.
4. God’s Pocket Provincial Park – West coast diving
5. The North & West Coast Trail
Combine your paddle with an epic hike! Check out the rugged North Coast Trail, a 58 km hike on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island, or the iconic 75 km West Coast Trail further south near Port Renfrew.
6. Go fish!
7. Discovery Islands Life
Fall in love with island living on Quadra Island and the surrounding Discovery Islands. Quadra Island is our home and we are constantly in appreciation of the lively community and abundance of natural beauty.
8. Strathcona Provincial Park
Enjoy this spectacular provincial park, a gorgeous mountain wilderness where you’ll find something for everyone. You can take a easy to moderate day-hike such as the shorter walks in the Paradise Meadows / Forbidden Plateau region or you can make it a longer adventure, camping and hiking through stunning mountain terrain.
9. Campbell River
Discover Campbell River, a hub of opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts with many options for hiking, beaches, parks, mountain life, wildlife watching, water sports, and more.
10. Singletracks in Cumberland
Mountain bike on over 80 km in Cumberland, called by some the “unofficial epicentre of mountain biking on Vancouver Island.” While you’re there, check out their awesome restaurant scene, community brewery, and unique collection of other shops.
For more inspiration to discover Vancouver Island, check out some of our favourite local resources: