Vancouver Island’s Wild Side

Little Visited. Hard to Access.

Where time is measured in the rise and fall of the tide, the cool Pacific nurturing abundant wildlife found nowhere else.

Points of Interest


Vancouver Island’s Wild Side

Embark on a tour of Vancouver Island’s rugged and beautiful north coast

This trip is for those who love to adventure beyond the norm. It explores a mostly un-roaded area. You’ll walk in the rainforest, beach-comb on the sand, boat into wild creeks that empty into the sea, and cruise around Brooks Peninsula, which juts out almost to the offshore continental shelf.

Highlights include Brooks Peninsula (a glacial refugium), Solander Island (home to puffins), Kyuquot Sound (including sea otters and the village of Kyuquot), lush inlets and sandy beaches, as well as a cruise around the northernmost tip (Cape Sutil) and on the protected eastern coast.

Seven miles off Brooks, the coastal world changes to the oceanic one, and on a fair day we might cruise to the shelf, where the ocean turns from green to blue, and wildlife goes to feed in the upwelling (whales, seabirds, and dolphins).

Itinerary Details
  • Ships: Cascadia
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Ports: Port Hardy
  • Includes a Canadian Geographic Itinerary

Experience Vancouver Island

See the Vancouver Island’s wild side through the eyes of our guests

What People Say

See what our guests have to say about our Vancouver Island tours

    “’Wild and wooly’ within a pristine wilderness. Pushing life to the limit. The best of days from sunrise to sunset. Thank you for the opportunity to rejuvenate our spirits. Merci from two Victorians and ex-Montrealers”

    Sheila Madill and Bill Fuller, Victoria, BC

    “From our first inquiries to the final docking, our trip has been first class all the way”

    F. Shirley, Ontario, Canada

    “An unbelievable experience with the most dedicated and involved crew I’ve ever experienced. Every day was ‘magical’. The bar for my next adventure now is high! A true way to tick off a bucket list item in such a successful way. Thanks so much to all the fabulous crew”

    Chuck Cole, Washington, USA

    “Another wonderful trip on the Maple Leaf. Once again, the people, as well as nature, were great! This is always the most difficult part of the trip, saying Goodbye. Already planning the next journey”

    Jim and Judy Colvin, Los Angeles, CA


Vancouver Island, Like You’ve Never Seen It

Embark on a multi-day exploration to a side of Vancouver Island that most never see.

Island Unmapped

Vancouver Island’s travel appeal has earned it countless awards, and its wild and hidden northwest offers even locals a surprise.

Unique Wildlife

Scores of eagles, whales, coastal bears, and sea otters are just some of the species that thrive here.

Cruise Natural Wonders

White sand beaches that unroll between forest and sea become jagged coastline home puffin colonies.

Explore Indigenous Culture

The traditional territories of Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples; our friends from the village of Kyuquot share food and traditions.

Related Stories

Follow our coastal expeditions with notes from the field.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about our Vancouver Island tours. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more general trip and booking information.

To reach Port Hardy, you can fly Pacific Coastal Airlines through Vancouver Airport (YVR). Please note guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Taxis are readily available upon arrival and departure. For more detailed information and personalized recommendations, please refer to the welcome aboard email you will receive from us. We are happy to assist with any travel guidance you may need. If you choose to drive, long-term parking is available at Port Hardy Airport or a hotel if you stay the night before the trip.

Our schedule is designed to accommodate incoming flights on the day of departure and most guests will arrive on the day. But, if you would like to arrive a little early to avoid the stress of possible flight delays, you will find recommendations for local hotels and activities in your welcome aboard package. Please do not book nonrefundable airfare before getting the boarding and disembarking times for your trip.

In summer, the weather in Vancouver Island’s northwest region is generally pleasant and mild. It’s characterized by warm temperatures and relatively dry conditions. During this time of year, you can expect average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), although temperatures can vary. It’s a great time to enjoy outdoor activities and explore the region’s natural beauty. Rainfall can still occur, so it’s advisable to pack some rain gear and be prepared for occasional showers. Keep in mind that weather conditions can vary, and it’s always a good idea to check the local forecast closer to your travel dates for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

The best time to visit Vancouver Island’s northwest region is during the summer months. This period offers the most favourable weather and sea conditions, as well as optimal opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration. The summer months also offer a chance to witness the region’s abundant marine life. Our trips are timed around peak wildlife events in the region.

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