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The north of Vancouver Island is wonderful for lovers of nature and wildlife.

Much of this region consists of rugged unspoilt wilderness such as the huge Strathcona Provincial Park, honeycombed by an extensive network of underground caves.

Towns of north Vancouver Island

The region’s largest town is Campbell River, particularly renowned for its Chinook salmon fishing and for the views over the Strait of Georgia. Nearby Quadra Island has fine sandy beaches and a distinct flavour of its First Nations’ heritage, well represented in the Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Centre, whilst nearby Cortes Island has some of North America’s finest sailing and kayaking areas. The small village of Telegraph Cove, raised on wooden stilts over the water, is the start point for whale watching trips in the Johnstone Strait while at the northern tip of the island Port Hardy is the terminal for ferries to and from Prince Rupert: Canada’s most awe-inspiring bear watching trips start from here or from Campbell River.

Whale Watching at Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver IslandThe calm, protected waters of Johnstone Strait on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island are widely acknowledged as the most accessible and predictable location to see orcas (killer whales) in the world. Comfortable 20 metre vessels, fitted with heated seating areas and toilets, cruise these waters using hydrophones to track the larger pods — and allow guests to listen to their ethereal song. Trained naturalists are on hand to explain the life of orcas as well as the porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and seals that are also often seen.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Northern Vancouver Island

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Northern Vancouver Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Northern Vancouver Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Northern Vancouver Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Northern Vancouver Island

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Northern Vancouver Island, and which use the best local guides.

    • Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear & Salmon Tour
      Grizzly Bear at Knight Inlet Lodge

      Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear & Salmon Tour

      Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear & Salmon Tour

      Enjoy one of nature's great shows as you watch coastal grizzlies, which can be up to 180 kilogrammes heavier than their interior relatives because of the abundant salmon they eat during the annual salmon runs.

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