Farewell Harbour Lodge, Canada
As captain Daniel Pender waved goodbye to British Columbia in 1870, after years of surveying the coastline on behalf of the British admiralty, little did he know that his final anchorage, which he fondly named ‘Farewell Harbour’, would one day become home to a very special lodge. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, this family-owned and run abode provides all guests with the unique opportunity to truly understand, learn about and engage with life in the remote Canadian wilderness; to disconnect with the every day and reconnect with nature. The team offer a lifetime of guiding, conservation and wilderness experience and therefore you can expect exceptional wildlife viewing, cultural tours, kayaking adventures, hiking excursions and so much more. Their passion is truly uplifting. A visit to Farewell Harbour will cleanse the soul and clear the mind. It is a truly hidden gem in the vast magnitude of wilderness in which it lies.
Farewell Harbour Lodge
There are 12 rooms at Farewell Harbour, eight on land and four on the water. The land-based rooms all have two extra-long double beds, an en-suite shower and toilet, gas fireplaces and huge windows which boast incredible views out over the harbour and beyond. The lodge faces south-west and therefore guarantees dazzlingly beautiful sunsets. The float rooms belong to the original Bones Bay Lodge, which was owned and operated for many years by Ryne Brockway. When the Brockway and McGrady families decided to open Farewell Harbour in 2016, Bones Bay Lodge was towed from its location nearby to sit within the harbour, linking it up with the main lodge, jetty and deck. All of the float rooms have two queen beds, an ensuite shower and toilet, gas fireplaces and beautiful waterfront views from large picture windows. All of the rooms are furnished with locally made and beautifully crafted wooden furniture, neutral cotton fabrics and fabulously comfortable mattresses. It is simple west coast living at its best.
Long days spent in the great outdoors make for hungry tummies and you are sure to be fed well at Farewell Harbour. Despite its remote location, all dietary requirements are catered for and meals are all part of the personalised experience here. In the mornings, breakfast begins at 7am, with a delicious spread of fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast, freshly baked muffins and scones, eggs, potatoes and bacon. Most days you will leave the lodge by boat around 8.00am and not return until the mid to late afternoon, but never fear, you will be sent off with a packed lunch of homemade sandwiches, fruit, snacks and juice. The team will have water, tea and coffee on the boat with them, but you can also bring a hot flask with you from the lodge. With minds full of adventure and lungs full of fresh air, you will return to your wilderness abode each evening to a sun-soaked deck, a cold beer or local British Columbian wine and some time to relax, unwind and reflect on your day. Dinner is served around 6.30pm, where you'll be treated to appetisers and a three-course meal. Wine is included during the meal, but if you fancy a drink before or after, they can be charged to your room. Expect freshly caught British Columbian seafood, local shellfish, healthy salads, sumptuous soups and decadent desserts. Depending on the weather you may eat inside or out, either way enjoying dinner with a jaw-dropping view and perhaps a glimpse or two of passing humpbacks as they feed in the passage just beyond the lodge.
With the wilderness as your playground, the opportunities for adventure at Farewell Harbour are endless. The minimum length of stay is three nights and therefore all guests will have at least two full days and two half days to explore. Tim, the owner, general manager and lead guide, will be on hand to ensure you make the most of your time at the lodge, speaking with you each evening to make plans for the day ahead. The lodge is located on Berry Island, bordering the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park, with the Queen Charlotte Strait to the west and Knight Inlet to the east. This stunning channel forms part of the main Inside Passage between Vancouver and Vancouver Island leading north to Alaska and therefore it's a busy stretch for both boats and wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, Pacific white-sided dolphin, porpoises, sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions and many other marine species. Access to the lodge is by boat from Alder Bay on the northern coast of Vancouver Island and it is more than likely you will have had a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience before you’ve even arrived at the lodge. Farewell Harbour is also perfectly located to access some of the world's finest grizzly bear viewing and, depending on the season, you will visit a number of different inlets and coves to watch these incredible animals feed in their natural habitat.
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