- A relaxing 3-night stay surrounded by mountain and water views at April Point Resort & Spa
- Expert guided zodiac whale watching tour to the heart of orca country
- Watch for black bears, Steller sea lions, bald eagles, Pacific white-sided dolphins on a wildlife tour
About this Trip
Experience Vancouver Island’s fascinating wildlife with a getaway to the scenic Quadra Island. Relax at the quiet, laidback April Point Resort & Spa and soak in picturesque views of Discovery Passage. Catch sight of orcas, black bears, seals and porpoises on both a whale watching and wildlife adventure through the waters of Vancouver Island.
Begin your multi-day adventure with a relaxing morning cruise aboard the Victoria Clipper to Victoria, BC. Upon your arrival, drop your luggage at your hotel before exploring British Columbia’s capital city. Bicycle along the scenic Dallas Road, kayak through the calm, protected waters of Victoria’s Gorge waterway, venture out on the Ogden Point breakwater for breathtaking views of the Inner Harbour or check out a few of our other favorite activities:
For more ideas, see our list of 150 things to do in Victoria & Vancouver Island.
In the morning, pick up a quick rental from Budget (5-minute walk from Clipper’s Victoria terminal) and drive along Vancouver Island’s scenic coastline to Painter’s Lodge. Leave your car behind and hop on the water taxi to April Point Lodge on Quadra Island. Spend the rest of the day watching magnificent orca whales leap out of the waters of the Johnstone Strait.
Cruise through the shimmering fjords of Desolation Sound on your exclusive, five-and-a-half-hour whale watching tour on Campbell River. With your expert guide at the wheel, journey through the Johnstone Strait area, heart of orca whale country, with stops at several known whale watching hot spots including Kelsey Bay, Sayward and Robson Bight. Keep an eye out for whales, eagles, dolphins and sea lions and listen as your guide provides excellent education on each species.
Brunch on West Coast cuisine while you soak in stunning mountain and water vistas in the April Point Dining room before boarding a Hurricane zodiac for a three-hour wildlife adventure tour. Under the guidance of a trained naturalist, you will cruise through the Discovery Islands in search of black bears, Steller sea lions, herons and more. As you pass Mitlenatch Island, watch for the largest seabird colony in the Strait of Georgia, which is full of Pelagic cormorants, black oystercatchers and many other species of birds.
In the morning, hop on a serene water taxi to Campbell River, followed by a scenic drive back to Victoria, where you’ll be able to shop the array of unique boutiques Johnson Street learn about Victoria’s rich history at the Royal BC Museum. In the evening, conclude your trip with a relaxing Clipper cruise back into Seattle.
Prices vary by season. Prices listed are minimum prices per adult. All applicable taxes included.
• Pricing in USD and may vary based on actual travel dates
• Best available rates based on 7-day minimum advance purchase
• Passport, Passport Card or EDL required when crossing an international border
• A fuel surcharge, port and security fee may be added to all Victoria / Seattle fares
• Subject to change
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