Explore Vancouver Island
Unleash your spirit, renew your love affair with the great outdoors and get up close and personal with the rugged landscapes and majestic wildlife of Vancouver Island. With each new day on the Campbell River, the possibilities for exhilarating adventures and new discoveries are endless. Choose from a diverse range of tours on land, water and air. From grizzly bear, wildlife and whale watching tours to helicopter rides high over the Discovery Islands, each of our experiences offers an unforgettable gateway to nature.
Whale Watching Tours
Experience the majesty of Vancouver Island's Orca whales in their natural environment on a whale watching adventure tour.
Transient and resident pods of as many as 120 whales gather around Robson Bight and Telegraph Cove each summer, making Vancouver Island and Campbell River one of the world’s hot spots for watching. These incredible mammals arrive each year to socialize and mate, giving lucky onlookers a rare chance to see them in the unspoiled splendour of their natural habitat. Whale watching is one of the world’s most thrilling travel experiences – a rare chance to observe Orca whales in a stunningly beautiful setting.
Painter's Lodge whale watching tours run from early July until mid-September and can be added to any of our Vancouver Island vacation packages.
They are a truly super-natural experience.
Duration: 5.5 hours
$210 per adult
$160 per child (12 and under)
Exclusive of applicable taxes and subject to availability
Board a Zodiac in Campbell River and see the natural splendour of Vancouver Island’s wildlife.
Guided by a trained naturalist, you’ll travel among the Discovery Islands and see local BC wildlife thriving in their natural habitat. Watch for black bears, stellar sea lions, seals, whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. You’ll witness bald eagles swoop from the treetops and majestic herons fishing in the tidal pools. Breathe the crisp, salty air as you dart around lush inlets and explore secluded Pacific islands by boat. It’s the ultimate way to get a first-hand glimpse of magnificent BC wildlife in our gorgeous Pacific playground. Wildlife adventure tours are three hours and available all season. They are included in some of our Vancouver Island vacation packages and can be added to any reservation.
Duration: three hours
$140 per adult
$115 per child (12 and under)
Grizzly Bear & Homalco History Tours
Travel in our comfortable and covered boat to Bute Inlet and experience the best Grizzly bear expedition in British Columbia.
Our tour in Bute Inlet allows you to appreciate these magnificent creatures within the Orford estuary. Each tour is on a small scale, where a maximum of 12 people are permitted in the viewing towers. We also take great care to minimize the impact of our presence as we are all visitors in the bears’ habitat.
Here at Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and passion with everyone that visits this remarkable area. Our tours are guided by the Homalco Nation who invite you to visit, explore and learn on the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation land. Bute Inlet offers spectacular wilderness and some of North America’s most sought after wildlife including Grizzly bears, salmon, eagles and whales. You can witness Humpback and Orca Whales on route to Orford estuary where you will see the “GREAT GRIZZLY BEARS OF BUTE” in their natural habitat during the annual salmon run.
Pricing begins at $445 per person.
Meeting time is 7:30am.
Departure time is 7:45am.
- Lunch, drinks and snacks, allergy and dietary restrictions accommodated
- Wildlife viewing and on board wildlife education
- History, stories, and knowledge sharing from the Homalco First Nations
- Gloves, hats, survival suits, sunscreen
- Tour to and from Orford Bay in a covered boat with heated cabin and outside viewing area
- On board washrooms on all of our boats
All prices are excluding taxes and fees. On all our tours, there is a mandatory Destination Whale Heritage Site fee of $1.
A $14 Conservation Fee is charged that goes towards bear habitat and salmon enhancement programs.
What to bring:
Be sure to have extra clothing. You should also wear enclosed footwear.
Refrain from the use of strong perfume/cologne.
You are welcome to bring your cameras and video equipment.
Definitely bring a smile and a sense of adventure.
As we are entering a natural bear and wildlife habitat, we do not feed the bears, the experience remains unpredictable.
The guides are an important part of your safety so be ready to listen.
Helicopter Tours: Discovery Island Tours
Experience the Discovery Islands through the eyes of the iconic West Coast bald eagle
Our helicopter tour departs from the April Point Resort & Spa helicopter pad situated steps from the shoreline. 49North helicopter pilot Bastian Fleury takes you to the skies for a scenic tour of Quadra Island, Rebecca Spit, up along the Strait of Georgia and through the Seymour Narrows. Explore where you will go fishing, possibly see the Humpback and Orca whales and witness the beauty of the wild and rugged west coast as few have.
$400 per person
Duration: 45 minutes
Pick up: April Point Resort & Spa heli pad