A Grizzly Bear at Knight Inlet
Northern Vancouver Island is home to an abundance of wildlife. One of the highest concentration of Orcas in the world roams the waters and grizzly bears feed on swimming salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest. Explore this rugged coastline on a sea kayaking expedition or venture out on a journey in search of bears with local First Nations guides. This is a remote place where nature thrives and Mother Nature still reigns.
Stroll along the boardwalk at Telegraph Cove, one of the last surviving – and best... Read more preserved – of BC’s traditional coastal fishing villages. Among the brightly painted houses, built on pilings over the water, is the Whale Interpretive Centre, home to a 18-m/60-ft-long fin whale skeleton.
Explore the village then tuck into a plate of alder smoked salmon at the Killer Whale Cafe. Stay the night in a boardwalk cabin, a suite in the manor house, or even in an extension of the village’s old floating hospital.
No trip to Telegraph Cove would be complete without a visit to the Whale Interpretive Centre. This interactive learning centre on a quaint boardwalk overlooks the wildlife-rich waters of Johnstone Strait. See displays of marine mammals, including a suspended skeleton of a fin whale (the second largest species in the world). After visiting, take a guided wildlife tour – whale and grizzly bear tour boats depart just steps from the centre, or rent a kayak – the waters around Telegraph Cove are renowned for Orca (killer whale) viewing.
View priceless First Nations treasures at the U’mista Cultural Centre. In the tiny village of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, 45 minutes by ferry from Port McNeill, this striking building is home to the world-renowned Potlatch Collection. The collection spent much of the last century in the likes of the Smithsonian Museum and the British Museum. These treasures and artifacts, including masks and ceremonial objects, are now preserved and displayed in a traditional Big House-style building on Alert Bay’s waterfront.
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