Visit Northern Vancouver Island, Canada
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
The 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, sealions and seals that are also often seen.
Suggested itineraries featuring Northern Vancouver Island
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Northern Vancouver Island, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Northern Vancouver Island
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Northern Vancouver Island
- Campbell River 28 miles away
- Vancouver Island 43 miles away
- The Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound 50 miles away
- Tofino 72 miles away
- Port Hardy 83 miles away
- Whistler 127 miles away
- Vancouver 136 miles away
- Salt Spring Island 143 miles away
- Bella Coola 158 miles away
- Victoria 165 miles away
- Princess Royal Island 232 miles away
- The Cariboo 272 miles away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 280 miles away
- Wells Gray Provincial Park 286 miles away
- Prince George 289 miles away
- British Columbia 293 miles away
Photos of Northern Vancouver Island
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.
The April Point Resort and Spa offers its guests the chance to escape and enjoy the pine forests, quiet waters and wildlife of this peaceful part of the world. Easily accessible from Campbell River on Vancouver Island, the April Point Resort is a fantastic alternative for guests looking for a remote retreat.
Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating village of buildings, providing comfortable rooms and an amazing wilderness experience.
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.
Enjoy one of natures great shows as you watch coastal grizzlies, which can be up to 180 kilograms heavier than their interior relatives because of the abundant salmon they eat during the annual salmon runs.