Maps of Vancouver Island
Day trips to view grizzly bears in majestic Knight Inlet. Departs early each day May 15 to Sept 30 via covered tour boat with onboard washroom. Often we see dolphins, black bears, seals and eagles. Lunch included.
See grizzly bears in the wild.
Tourism Mount Washington
Imagine a place where you can make sweeping turns in fresh powder, while a maze of islands dot the sea far below. Hike scenic alpine trails just steps from your cabin, where curious whiskey jacks pop down to say hello and you might spot a Vancouver Island marmot on the rocky mountain slopes. Laugh with the whole family while snow tubing in the winter, or taking turns on the bungee trampoline in the summer. Mount Washington is a year round destination for family fun, adventure seekers and romantic getaways.
With the rugged peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park and the Beaufort Range rising around you, and the Strait of Georgia stretching out at your feet, when you are at Mount Washington you know you are somewhere special.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America. The Resort is a family friendly destination that has summer and winter facilities and activities for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
Tourism Mount Washington’s interactive online Visitors Guide helps you discover Mount Washington Accommodations & seasonal facilities. Featuring cultural attractions, activities, shopping and dining options within 45 minutes drive of the mountain, you’ll be well on your way to planning your entire trip to the Central Vancouver Island region.
Whether looking for an active family getaway, a reunion, wedding location or company retreat Mount Washington, Vancouver Island’s all-season alpine to surf destination, offers you the perfect combination of rugged west coast beauty and outdoor adventure. Your spirit will soar as high as the local bald eagles as you take in the 360° panoramic view of mountain, ocean, islands and lakes 1,000 metres above sea level. Make your dreams of outdoor recreation become reality!
In the winter, discover vast depths of all-natural snow and a unique Canadian destination where you can enjoy an island getaway that offers some of BC’s best skiing, snowboarding and nordic sports and a breath taking ocean view with the added value of all that the Comox Valley and surrounding area have to offer.
In the summer season, Mount Washington’s alpine playground is at your doorstep, with scenic chairlift rides, hiking, mountain biking, mini golf, disc golf, bungee trampoline, hiking and wildlife viewing all waiting for you. Mount Washington is also the gateway to Strathcona Provincial Park, BC’s oldest, with access to both family friendly nature trails and backcountry peaks.
Tourism Campbell River & Region
Welcome to the North Central Island -a spectacular region so full of outdoor recreational adventures that the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what activity to enjoy next. World renowned fishing, whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, deep sea diving, surfing, caving, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing – challenge yourself a little or a lot. Campbell River & Region has an irresistible lure to visitors from around the world in search of great outdoor experiences, tranquil beauty, spectacular scenery, and traditional First Nations heritage and culture. Journey through Discovery Passage and Desolation Sound to Quadra and Cortes Islands then west to the salmon fishing capital of the world Campbell River, and inland to magnificent Strathcona Park – BC’s oldest and largest provincial park. Take time to explore Gold River and the preserved gold rush town Zeballos enroute to the rugged West Coast of BC. There are remote fishing lodges, resorts, marinas and campgrounds throughout the region and each community offers friendly hospitably along the way. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels and inns, to RV parks, campgrounds and oceanside cabins. Unique shops, artists’ studios and museums provide you with a fascinating array of things to explore and the lush rainforest habitat of north central Vancouver Island is also home many species of wildlife including black bears, bald eagles, Orca killer whales, dolphins, grey whales, great blue herons, sea lions, deer and elk.
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community located in the heart of the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Full Resort including 2 restaurants, 90 Guest Rooms, Car Museum, Pro Shop, Conference facilities and of course our Master Planned golf course. Come for a tee time, stay for a lifetime.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island and the Coast Mountain Range. Add to this an incredibly high annual snowfall (11m/36ft), excellent powder conditions and surprisingly mild winter temperatures (-2°C/28°F), and a winter activity mecca is inevitable. Choose from downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. However, summer also thrives with alpine hiking, mile-high chairlift rides and mountain biking. On mountain accommodation, dining and shopping is also available.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Comox Valley
Welcome to Courtenay, home of the 100% smoke-free Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Combining the best of business and leisure world, our hotel stands out from the crowd. Opening in 2009, your stay offers complimentary amenities such as hot breakfast, swimming pool, hot tub and the Valley’s only in-hotel waterslide.
Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and perfectly poised for exploring our property, Strathcona Provincial Park and central Vancouver Island.
Couples, individuals and families will find what they need at Strathcona Park Lodge. Our comfortable hotel-style rooms and fully contained cottages, are great for small and large groups. Waterfront cottages are ideal for families and friends, while smaller secluded cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend. Most rooms have a lake view and most cottages are waterfront. Almost every room has a deck, the perfect spot to watch the sun set across Upper Campbell Lake and behind snowcapped peaks.
We also have a chalet at Mount Washington Alpine Resort that sleeps up to 24 people in two units.
Because of our unique construction history we have a wide range of rooms to accommodate a variety of budgets and needs. All rooms are inviting and comfortable. There are no TVs or telephones within the rooms. Refer to our Amenities page to find out more.
Cottages are available year round. Hotel-style accommodation is available from March until November, when our dining room is open
Discovery Marine Safaris, Ltd
Escape into a true Canadian wilderness adventure with Discovery Marine Safaris!
Our covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to the Island’s unique wildlife sightings: watch awe-inspiring, giant killer whales breach high out of the water, follow playful dolphins & swift porpoises or observe majestic grizzly bears hunt for salmon in their natural habitat far from human civilization.
Our comfortable 30 and 12 passenger vessels feature multiple viewing decks, heated cabins and full washrooms, and are equipped with hydrophones (underwater microphones) and allow you to listen to the vocalization of the orcas over the vessels’ speaker systems.
We operate our tours with respect to the pristine coastal environment & its animals & our passionate guides will add the icing to your experience of a life time!
WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
Courtenay’s only full-service hotel with convenient acces to downtown shopping, restaurants and attractions. Easy access to Mt. Washington Ski Resort, Strathcona Provincial Park and first class golfing. Our property features 140 guest rooms and suites, inclusive of our new 36-room Mountainside Living. We offer complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, wireless internet, local phone calls and parking. We have three on-site Food & beverage outlets including a pool lounge, pub & breakfast room. Additional hotel facilities include a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness facility, ski & bike storage, guest coin laundry, games room and sports team locker rooms.
Tofino is remarkable any time of year. Summer days are full of fishing and exploring; Autumn is a photographer and foodie paradise. Winter affords you a front-row seat to the edge of the world during powerful storms. And Tofino rejuvenates in Spring; celebrating the return of the grey whales, shorebirds, black bears, and the renewed vibrancy of the rainforest. Come create your own reality here. Come be awed by the force of nature in Tofino.
Grizzly Bear Lodge and Safari
Grizzly Bear Tours, Lodge and Safari offers grizzly tours and grizzly bear watching from viewing stands and wildlife tours for grizzly bears, killer whales (orca) humpback whales, dolphins, stellar seals, sea lions, black bears and eagles. Our grizzly bear tours are conducted on Canada’s famous natural fjord known as ‘Knight Inlet BC’ and on the salmon rivers that flow into Knight Inlet. For more information about grizzly bear tours and viewing, how to see lots of bears, whales, dolphins, eagles and all the other animals of the GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST in British Columbia.
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Come out whale watching with the resident experts by choosing Prince of Whales Whale Watching – locally owned and operated and the longest running whale watching company in Victoria. With both zodiac style boats and expedition cruisers on offer, we have an optimally flexible schedule with hourly departures. Our tours will take you out to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, and other marine wildlife while providing commentary on the natural history of our beautiful province along the way.
River Heights Motel
Anco Motel (1998) Ltd.
The Anco Motel is a well established locally owned and operated company that has been in business for more than 10 years. We started out as a small property and in 2004 added 37 rooms by constructing a new build on the back of our building. This better than doubled our property’s size allowing us to accommodate a wider variety of clientele.
Our property is very clean, offers great customer service, has an outdoor, (heated) seasonal pool and we are conveniently located in the center of town. We are within walking distance of numerous parks, restaurants and shopping. We also offer team/group amenities such as meeting space and an equipment storage room. It has been our endeavor to provide high quality at very competent prices.
The front wing (Standard rooms) of the Motel faces the main thoroughfare of Courtenay off Cliffe Ave; with all rooms and suites overlooking the pool area. This wing consists of 29 Motel rooms (6 rooms are smoking rooms). These rooms are all equipped with a mini-fridge, color TV, telephone, wireless internet access and coffee maker with supplies. There are also 8 self catering kitchenettes; equipped with a 2 burner electric stove, mini-fridge and stainless steel sink units, microwaves, pots, pans, utensils and dishes.
The back wing (Deluxe rooms) consists of an additional 37 rooms. This wing faces 19th St. & England Ave. and is in a quiet, peaceful setting. These rooms are all equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, color TV, telephone, wireless and hardwire internet access and coffee maker with supplies. There are also 13 self catering kitchenettes; equipped with a 2 burner electric stove, mini-fridge and stainless steel sink units, microwaves, pots, pans, utensils and dishes. This wing also has 2 ground floor wheelchair accessible rooms and 24 rooms with air-conditioning.
***Ask us about our group rates available when 5 or more rooms booked***
The Inn On Long Lake is your lakeside resort in the heart of North Nanaimo. All rooms feature lakeview patio or balconies, microwave, mini fridge, and coffeemaker. Complimentary enhanced Continental breakfast included. Free high speed wireless and parking. Pedal boat and kayak rentals in-season.
Vancouver Island North Tourism
Vancouver Island North exerts a magnetic pull on easygoing adventurers seeking authentic experiences in a spectacularly panoramic natural setting. Largely undiscovered yet just a day’s travel from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The variety of things to do here is remarkably diverse.
View black and grizzly bears. Watch orcas and humpback whales. Kayak on a day trip, excursion or base camp adventure. Fish some of the richest waters around Vancouver Island. Take a day hike or a multi-day backcountry adventure on the North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Shop local for smoked salmon, funky folk art, and exquisite First Nations masterpieces. Get to know some of the colorful individuals who call the area home at lively seasonal festivals, coffee shops, waterfront eateries and on the main streets of friendly north Island towns.
The region is a tempting retreat for independent travelers craving unstructured holidays that can be shaped according to their own passions, interests and energy levels. The people here are down-to-earth and rooted in a sense of place and you will find the businesses here providing a full range of creature comforts with a personal touch.
Natural beauty and cultural history can be found around every corner. Discover timeless First Nations traditions flourishing in Alert Bay and Fort Rupert as you meet artists, watch carvers in action, participate in guided canoe and marine expeditions, and step into a Big House to witness traditional dance performances. The region’s legacy of European settlement, logging, fishing and mining is well represented in local museums.
The towns and villages here are bastions of civilization in the midst of a wild landscape populated by bears, wolves, cougars and bald eagles. To the west is the open Pacific, with miles of ruggedly beautiful coastline and access to secluded wilderness beaches. To the east are the more protected waters around the islands of the Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait, an area internationally renowned as one of the world’s very best whale-watching environments.
It’s easy to find yourself off the beaten track and immersed in the surrounding nature. Explore with friends and family while following your own internal compass and Visitor Centre maps and guidebooks. Or enlist one of the area’s knowledgeable guides for direct access to the region’s very best fishing, diving and wildlife-watching spots.
Gaze in awe as black bears snack on roadside grass. Take road trips deep into the Island’s interior. Hike for as little or as long as you like on wilderness trails to lakes, mountain peaks and beach fronts unsullied by a single footprint. Chill out by swinging a golf club, getting pampered with a spa treatment or while wading in rivers, lakes and the ocean.
Plan ahead or write each day’s agenda hour-by-hour. The scenery is breathtaking and the picture-perfect moments seem endless. Welcome to Vancouver Island North. Your first trip here won’t be the last.
Stubbs Island Whale Watching
EXPERIENCE STUBBS ISLAND WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE!
We think this is the best place in the world to see the incredible Orcas (Killer whales)!
You’ll love our location, the magnificent mammals and bird species you’ll see, and the friendly people you’ll meet.
At Stubbs we are proud to be BC’s first whale watching company (est. in 1980) and we set the standard for marine adventures and ethical whale watching. Our trained marine naturalists share fascinating insights about Orca (Killer), Humpback Whales and many other marine mammals which frequent the Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight area.
Join us for an exciting sea adventure from Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of British Columbia! Our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa and the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta are comfortable and perfect to take fabulous pictures! Both have heated cabins with toilets and hydrophones (underwater microphone) so you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.
Historic Telegraph Cove is British Columbia’s last boardwalk community. Nature’s abundance is everywhere with eagles soaring overhead, river otters playing on the docks and deer and bears roaming nearby. The Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago are home to a bounty of nature’s magnificence including Humpback Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Dolphins, Porpoises, Bald Eagles and so much more. Every trip from our base in Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, is an adventure of a lifetime.
Depending on the time of year in British Columbia, you may see Minke whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions, various birds, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and of course, our famous Orca (killer whale).
Once you board our custom built whale watching boats we will guide you through the passages and around the islands that are teeming with wildlife in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations on British Columbia’s coast.
Our boats are equipped with underwater microphones (hydrophones) so we can listen in on the squeaks, whistles and echolocation that allow orcas and dolphins the ability to communicate and locate their food. Our captain and naturalists are always happy to answer your questions and we provide a short on-board presentation about the whales and other marine mammals.
At Stubbs Island Whale Watching, we are dedicated to ethical wildlife viewing, education and conservation. We are very concerned about the environment and do everything we can to reuse, recycle and reduce.
Join us for our 35th season in 2014 on one or more of our tours that run daily from early May to October.