Hidden away in Wyoming's Rocky Mountains, not far from Yellowstone…
Starting at $500 per person per night
Berry Island, Area A (Seymour Inlet/Knight Inlet), Regional District of Mount Waddington, British Columbia, Canada
Starting at $1,000 per person per day
The lodge is located in Farewell Harbour on Berry Island on 30 acres of beautifully forested land. The primary lodge building and common area features a comfortable lounge and dining room, bar and a large brick fireplace surrounded by large windows and a wrap around deck boasting spectacular views of the harbour with its south and west exposure, which offers guests great sunsets!. The expansive decks continue as a boardwalk along the shore, leading to private ocean-side suites with ensuite bathrooms, and cozy gas fireplaces.
Unique Features: Farewell Harbour was named in 1870 by Commander Pender and officers of HMS Beaver, a Royal Navy surveying vessel. It was Commander Pender’s last survey stop and his crew had ‘fared well’ here before also bidding ‘Farewell’ to the BC coast for the long journey back around Cape Horn and back to England.
Accommodations: The floating accommodation consists of the original float lodge that was completely refurbished and towed from its original location in nearby Bones Bay to its permanent home below Farewell Harbour Lodge. All lodge suites and common areas have unique design features incorporating natural cedar and local materials and art from the area that offer a distinctive, relaxing ‘west coast’ feel.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Lodge Suites. Farewell Harbour Lodge offers a variety of programs to suit all interests, abilities and ages. They cater to individuals, couples and families and happily accommodate children aged 10 and up. They follow the rhythms of this place to offer you the best experience possible at the best times.
Dining: After an early morning breakfast, you will head out on your first full day excursion. Returning to the rustic elegance of Farewell Harbour Lodge after each outing you’ll experience excellent food and premium BC wines.
Activities: Enjoy bear viewing safari style, with grizzly and black bear viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest. Then visit the Broughton Archipelago which is one of the best places on the planet for whale watching! The kayaking tours offer guests an opportunity to experience the wildlife, beauty and serenity of the Marine Park. The heli-hiking adventures will whisk you to some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet.
Spa & Fitness: There is no spa or fitness center. Disconnect from electronic gadgets and slow down the rhythm of your life. Attempting to relax, requires conscious effort. Be sure to try walking in the forest behind the lodge and smelling the terpenes (chemical compounds emitted by trees proven to lower your blood pressure and your heart rate).
Location: Farewell Harbour Lodge is located in the epicentre of one of the best spots on the planet to view whales. In particular, the Humpback Whale population in the waters near the lodge has been growing steadily since 2004 due to a variety of factors including increases in prey abundance. The local Humpback population makes the astounding annual spring migration from Hawaii back to northern Vancouver Island to feed on herring, krill and other small schooling fish species.
Closest Airport: The distance between Vancouver Airport (YVR) and Vancouver Island is 172 km. You can rent a car and drive to Alder Bay. The best way to get from Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Vancouver Island without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 7h 19m. Lodge packages all start and end at Alder Bay on Vancouver Island. Alder Bay is 15 km south of Port McNeill or 190 km north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. From Alder Bay, they transport guests in and out of Farewell Harbour Lodge via a high speed water taxi.
Children’s Programs: No. The minimum age for guests is 10 years old.
Pet Friendly: No, unfortunately pets are not allowed at the lodge.
Weddings: Yes. As a setting for weddings, Farewell Harbour Lodge is outstanding for its ease of access, magnificent private 30 acre forest, ocean-side setting and boundless opportunities to engage not just your mind but all of your senses.
Meetings: Yes. They would love to host your next group escape whether it be an incentive trip or a corporate retreat with you and 23 of your co-workers. With a 300 acre island, expert support staff and the magnificent Broughton Archipelago and Great Bear Rainforest at your doorstep, all you need bring is your imagination to turn your group get away into something truly unforgettable and life changing.
Extra Info: Be sure to try the Kingcome Inlet Jet Boat Adventure. Departing from Farewell Harbour Lodge, you will head out across Queen Charlotte Strait by covered water taxi into the labyrinth of the Broughton Archipelago. En route to Kingcome, keep your eyes out for Humpback whales, Dall’s porpoise, Orca, Steller sea lions and Pacific White Sided dolphins.