Desolation Sound is known for its especially warm waters and with little nearby development the lodge is located in a true wilderness paradise. The meetings of the tides and warm summers allows for rich marine life and excellent chance for salt water swimming. Oysters grow in abundance around the lodge and curious Harbour seals are often seen swimming just off the dock. Water temperate can exceed 75°F (22°C) making the dock a natural hub of activity and place to sit back and relax. Guests may use the sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards to explore the nearby waters or join a eco-boat tour to experience the waters beyond the lodge. Bear Watching packages are available from mid-August to mid-October. Please make arrangements for all activities in advance to confirm availability.
Desolation Sound offers spectacular sightseeing options from dozens of cascading waterfalls to spectacular mountain peaks to glacier fed inlets to gorgeous sandy beaches…throw in a chance at seeing some of BC’s most majestic wildlife species like eagles, grizzly and black bears, elk, deer; marine mammals such as white sided dolphin, orca whales, otter, seal and sea lions. If you’re a bird lover dozens of bird species can be sighted up and down the inlets and channels. Whatever your preference make sure you bring your camera.
Toba Inlet Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour 3 hrs $129 per person (plus GST)
Bear Watching Tours depart Homfray Lodge with a cruise to Toba Inlet. Upon arriving at the river, you will receive a traditional welcome from the Klahoose Coastal Adventures guides. A short drive will transport you to the bear viewing areas where you can watch the bears in their natural habitat from raised and covered viewing platforms. The highlight of the tour will be the chance to view the grizzly bears feeding in the natural habitat along the river.
Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours are available, subject to availability from Homfray Lodge, space is limited to only 12 guests per day. To confirm your spot for Grizzly Bear Viewing, please see our packages which include the bear watching tours and your stay at Homfray Lodge here: Grizzly Bears of Toba Inlet Package
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boards
The best way to enjoy the marine life and emerald waters just in front of the lodge is with a quiet paddle. You can discover inter-tidal life, nearby pictograph, waterfalls and marine life. We have both sit on top kayaks and sea kayaks along with stand up paddle boards. These are complimentary to use for our guests during your stay.
Pacific Coastal Cruises is redefining a journey of discovery along British Columbia’s breathtaking coastal waterways. In this immersive, all-inclusive experience, your daylight hours are aboard the intimate Coastal Cruises’ the Pacific Bear, while overnights are spent at Homfray Lodge and other curated eco-lodges in the heart of unspoiled wilderness. This is an exclusive small chip cruises depart Lund Harbour on Mondays for a 4 night cruise or Fridays for a 2 night weekend cruise. Learn more about these cruises: Desolation Sound Cruise
Come join us for a day of fishing in some of the most spectacular locations on the coast, some of which are just minutes from the Lodge. From right outside our door in Homfray Channel for bottom fish or in nearby Toba Inlet for the majestic Chinook Salmon.
Fishing trips includes experienced guides, full equipped boat with all safety equipment and fishing gear.
Fishing Charters must be arranged in advance.
Water temperate can exceed 75°F (22°C) making the dock a natural hub of activity. Jump in the calm water off the dock or just sit back and relax. Your can also use one of the kayaks or stand up paddle boards from the dock.
For the adventurous, we have two short nature trails that take you for a short distance into the surrounded rugged coastal rain forest. One takes you uphill to our water source on the creek. The other trail follows the waterline to Foster Point where you can view the Homfray Channel and view back towards the lodge. Both trails take about 15-30 minutes. If you need assistance, we are always happy to help.
We can sometimes take this for granted, but its dark here at night! We are the only structure in this northern half of Homfray Channel, which means we have zero light pollution. Your can enjoy the night sky from the dock or from the lodges telescope. The dark sky at Homfray Lodge are truly amazing and need to be seen for yourself.
- Pick up from Powell River Airport by van (35 min.) and boat transfer from Lund, (approximately 1 hour) is included complimentary when required. Please make your transfer arrangements in advance.
- Pacific Coastal Airlines offers daily non stop scheduled flights between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Power River Airport (YPW).
- Seaplane charters options are also available between the lodge and Vancouver, Whistler, Tofino, Seattle and any other destinations
Please see our locations page for full transportation options or feel free to contact us to personally coordinate your travel.