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Farewell Harbour Lodge

Farewell Harbour Lodge

Vancouver Island, Canada

Set right on the waterfront on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest and Broughton Archipelago Marine Park, Farewell Harbour Lodge provides a relaxing stay in pristine wilderness. While here, you can join boat trips out on the water in search of marine life, including orca and humpback whales, as well as all-day bear-watching experiences in the forest with expert naturalist guides.

Featuring a warm communal lounge, bar, and dining room, the lodge’s main building boasts a large brick fireplace flanked by windows and a wrap-around deck. With its south- and west-facing outlooks, the lodge gives you a chance to enjoy some remarkable sunset views. The expansive decks continue as a boardwalk along the shoreline, leading to eight private oceanside suites, each made from local materials including natural cedar and featuring an en suite bathroom, a gas stove and two double beds. A ramp leads off the main lodge to a floating building below that contains four additional suites, each also with a private bathroom, two double beds and a gas stove. This building was originally located at nearby Bones Bay and has been refurbished while still retaining its original character.

OUR RATING: Medium

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OUR OPINION:

We love the remote, wild location of this laid-back lodge, which allows you to fully switch off and immerse yourself in nature. The owners are welcoming and the guides are eager to share their knowledge of the area's wildlife and ecology.

Rooms

Eight private waterside suites sit along an extended boardwalk stemming from the lodge’s expansive deck. Leading from the main lodge a further four private waterfront suites occupy a floating lodge below. Each of the 12 rooms has two double beds, a gas stove, and an en suite bathroom. All rooms are simple, without TV or phones, so you can unwind and immerse yourself in the nature that surrounds you.

Location

The lodge is located in the isolated Farewell Harbour on Berry Island, occupying vast expanses of forested land. Much of Berry Island, except the lodge itself and some bordering land, is within Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. Set between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island, the lodge is surrounded by straits and inlets which you can take time to explore. 

Food and drink

The lodge serves home-cooked meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible, accompanied by wines produced in British Columbia. House wine is included in your stay, with the option to purchase premium wine, beer and spirits from the lodge's bar. 

Facilities and activities

  • Bear-watching trips into the forest with expert guides.
  • Whale-watching boat trips to spot orcas, humpbacks, and other marine life.
  • Sea-kayaking trips to explore the surrounding coastline.
  • Heli-hiking to even more remote corners of British Columbia, at an additional cost.
  • Nature photography classes on selected dates.
  • Recreational fishing, at an additional cost.
  • Visits to Mamalilikulla and Da'naxda'xw First Nations villages to learn about the area's indigenous culture.

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