Activities

There’s lots to do around Alder Bay!


Whale Watching

Our whale watching partner Seasmoke Whale Watching have operated ecologically friendly tours in the pristine waterways of Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait (Robson Bight), and Blackfish Sound since 1986. This area is considered the best place to find Northern Resident Orcas. Due to the return of the Humpback whale, these gentle giants, along with the occasional sighting of Minke and Bigg’s (Transient) killer whales can also be seen. Join us as we step back in time and explore the pristine ocean, islands and passages. One never knows what is around the corner: perhaps an Eagle poised on a cedar branch, or a harbour seal balanced on bull kelp, basking in the sunshine. It is here where the pace of life slows down and the simple beauty of the natural world can be witnessed. Each tour is approximately 3 to 3.5 hours long, dependent on conditions. Seasmoke offers daily departures right from the Alder Bay marina dock.
 

Book Now

 

Sea Kayaking

Alder Bay Kayak Tours (owned and operated by Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures) offers a specialized excursion right from the beaches in front of Alder Bay RV Park & Marina. Cruise in peace and tranquility in a stable, tandem sea kayak in the company of experienced guides as you discover the rich waters of northern Johnstone Strait. Alder Bay Kayaks offers three and a half hour sea kayaking excursions for those of every ability from novice to expert and all ages. Reservations are highly recommended and can be booked directly on their website.
 

Heli Hiking

Our heli-hiking partner, North Island Heli offers jaw -dropping excursions by helicopter to some of the most pristine and remote areas of coastal British Columbia. From tantalizing, hidden beaches to panoramic ridge walks on alpine peaks, North Island Heli offers a true escape from the ordinary. With daily departures from the nearby heli-pad, North Island Heli is an excursion that will leave you breathless!

To book at North Island Heli adventure, please email Tim directly at tim@alderbay.com or call 250 897 6412


Beach Hiking

Our beach-hiking partner Cove Adventure Tours offers a full day trip to the nearby beaches of San Josef Bay on the north end of Vancouver Island. The seashore at San Josef Bay has been powerfully shaped by nature and the sea featuring massive sea stacks and fine white sand beaches that offer kilometres of exploring.
 

SPORT FISHING

Our salmon fishing partner McMillan Charters is a small, local family-owned business with a reputation for knowing all the secret spots for exceptional salmon and bottom fishing. Jason McMillan, from the nearby seaside community of Port McNeill has been fishing these waters since he was a boy. With a reputation for personalized service, Jason caters to those ‘in the know’, who are looking for a special experience on the water. For those with no experience who just want to try their hand or those with plenty of experience, McMillan Charters is the perfect choice with their vessel moored right in Alder Bay marina.

To book a fishing package with Jason, please contact the Alder Bay RV Park office at stay@alderbay.com or call us at 250.956.4117
 

SALMON HATCHERY

The Salmon Hatchery at the Quatse River is an educational facility dedicated to supporting salmonid enhancement, conservation and education initiatives on Northern Vancouver Island.

Visitors experience how millions of salmon hatch from delicate orange eggs and grow strong enough to embark on an incredible journey out to the open ocean and beyond!

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre features a world-class interpretive gallery with exhibits and displays that promote discovery into the world of salmon and their natural environment. Guests and visitors to the Salmon Centre get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and get hands-on with salmon.

Little Huson

Caving

Located 45 minutes south of Alder Bay is a little known gem on Vancouver Island called Little Huson Cave Park. The park contains 15 different caves, all accessible by the main trail for self-guided tours. No experience or special equipment is required to explore the caves. The park was created by the Mt Waddington Regional District in 1984 to introduce the public to caves and other karst features. Northern Vancouver Island is renown among the caving community for the abundance of karst topography. Check out the Regional District's overview for more details. For directions from Alder Bay check out this link.
  Scuba Diving on Northern Vancouver Island

Scuba Diving

 Sun Fun Divers invites you to the world's greatest temperate diving. We specialize in day trips from a shore based operation. If your vacation plans are set for intense and varied diving locations, or just wanting to take a casual day trip, we can accommodate what you desire. This allows you the best of all worlds. 

Sun Fun Divers, located on the wild and remote northern end of Vancouver Island, right on the beautiful Queen Charlotte Strait invites you to experience the ultimate in scuba diving fun. Experience crystal clear water, kelp forests, and an abundance of sea life - wolf eels, ling cod, rock fish, sponges, anemones, and more. We specialize in educational, fun, and safe diving tours. Our aim is to cater to the walk-in diver or group but please reserve so you're not disappointed. Call Trudy and Steve Lacasse at 250.956.2243 or check out their Facebook page.
 

Water Taxi

Palyn Water Taxi vessels have seating for 12 passengers each and room for all your personal gear. Reliably get your group, your gear and your supplies to and from your destination. The boats are equipped with kayak racks that can accommodate 4-6 kayaks each and provide easy off load bow access. Quickly get supplies and other shipments you need to keep your trip going strong with our freight service in the waters of Northern Vancouver Island. We also offer towing services and marine rescues for vessels that need help reaching shore or another location for servicing.