The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. In a day, you can witness grizzlies fishing for salmon, come face to face with a majestic moose and watch a breaching humpback whale off the coast. For wildlife photographers, the dramatic landscapes of Canada provide the ultimate setting whilst nature lovers are bound to be blown away by the diverse flora and fauna that awaits around every corner.
Canada’s landscapes are primed for a hiking adventure and its many thousands of trails are fit for any age and ability. Whether it be heli-hiking in the mountains, or a gentle stroll around one of its many alpine lakes, no matter your fitness or walking preferences, there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
Canada’s formidable scenery is primed for discovery on four wheels. Roads skirt majestic mountain passes, shimmering blue lakes and endless wilderness making for a journey you and your loved ones will never forget. Whether its that of a sparkling ocean, a lush pine forest, a thundering waterfall, a craggy peak or a gurgling stream, there is a postcard perfect view awaiting at every turn in the road.
The soaring mountains and thick forests of inland British Columbia are a thrilling wilderness where hikers roam through flower-filled meadows and grizzly bears fish for salmon, but venturing to the coast provides just as much fun and adventure. Our specialists have handpicked their favourite ways to spend their days in Coastal BC.
A pristine wilderness on a scale difficult to imagine, Canada’s glaciated Rocky Mountains are a true adventure playground with a huge range of activities on offer. From hiking to horse-riding and of course wildlife spotting, there is no end of things to do. Here’s our lowdown on the top ten ways to spend your days in this grand region, which spans the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia...
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Wildlife, Off the beaten track
Painter's Lodge near Campbell River on Vancouver Island is a comfortable fishing and adventure lodge offering a great chance to spot orcas and other wildlife in Discovery Passage. Painter's Lodge also makes a good stopover between Tofino and Vancouver.
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While it is renowned primarily for its superb salmon fishing, Painter’s Lodge located near Campbell River on Vancouver Island is also an excellent base for spotting orcas on their migratory route up Discovery Passage, and makes a perfect place to break your journey on the fairly long drive to or from Tofino or Ucluelet. Painter’s Lodge has a fabulous setting right on the water with the mountains of BC’s coastal range providing a stunning backdrop. The lodge’s 94 en-suite rooms are spacious and comfortable and face either the gardens, or for a small supplement, stunning ocean views. There are also a number of loft suites in a variety of configurations that are ideal for families.
The oceanfront Legends Dining Room at Painter’s Lodge is a focal point of the lodge and you can swap tales of your day’s adventures while tucking into excellent West Coast cuisine that specialises in seafood, and then repair to the Tyee Pub for a nightcap afterwards. Active guests also enjoy free access to the gym and an on-site tennis court, and bicycles are available for a ride around the area. Relaxation can be enjoyed by the pool, in the hot tub or in the lush gardens, while a short boat shuttle across the water will take you to sister property April Point, where guests of Painter's Lodge enjoy full access to all the amenities including an Aveda spa.
One of the main attractions of staying at Painter’s Lodge is the chance to observe the fantastic marine wildlife of the area, and setting off in a zodiac with a trained naturalist looking for orcas, sea lions, seals and Pacific white-sided dolphins and even black bears among the Discovery Islands is a fantastic wildlife experience. Other activities in the area include golf, hiking trips, horseback riding, helicopter tours and salmon-fishing packages.
When to go
Vancouver Island enjoys a mild climate during the summer months, and Campbell River is on the leeward side of the island meaning that the rainfall is significantly lower than the island's west coast.
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Things to do
Go in search of the magnificent Grizzly Bears of British Columbia on this full day excursion. Observe foraging bears as they prepare for winter hibernation. With an experienced First Nations guide, discover Canada's native history along the way.
Guided Salmon Fishing
Located in the self-proclaimed 'Salmon Capital of the World', Painter's Lodge offers some of the best fishing action available in the world. Climb aboard to experience the excitement of a large salmon fighting on the line.
Whale Watching from Painter's Lodge
After an hour’s drive to Kelsey Bay, board a high-speed boat for your whale-watching trip looking for the world's highest density of orcas in Johnstone Strait. Listen to their calls on a hydrophone and watch for other marine wildlife too. Lunch included.
Wildlife Adventure Cruise
Discover the majestic wildlife of the Canadian wilderness by boat.