Plan Your Trip



Plan Your Trip

Great Bear Rainforest B.C. Canada

Our base lodge is located in Echo Bay, on Gilford Island in the Broughton Archipelago, near the Inside Passage and the Orca Highway along Vancouver Island.  We are by accessible by boat or floatplane only.  There are no accessible roads.  Your wilderness Quest begins…

Lat: 50 degrees 45 min. 4.7 sec. North
Long: 126 degrees 29 min. 49.2 sec. West

Our floatplane transfer to Echo Bay, included in your Quest, will leave from Port Hardy and Port McNeil on Vancouver Island if necessary to accommodate all travel options.

We will be happy to help if you need assistance in getting to Echo Bay.  Please email or call (604) 785-9814

Arrival Schedule

Flying from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Port Hardy (YZT):

Book the 8:40 am flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy with Pacific Coastal Airlines at the South Terminal. 1-800 633-2872  There is a complimentary shuttle from the Main Terminal at YVR.  This flight is approximately 1 hour.

Transfer to the floatplane at the Port Hardy Airport with Pacific Coastal’s Wilderness Seaplanes at the pre-arranged time to leave for Echo Bay.  This flight is approximately 20 minutes.

Driving from Vancouver to Port McNeill on Vancouver Island:

Take the BC Ferries to Vancouver Island and drive to the Port Hardy Airport.  If you need a pick up in Port McNeill please let us know.  This takes approximately 4 1/2 hours from the Nanaimo ferry terminal.  If you can only leave from Port McNeill please park in the pay parking lot at the Port McNeil Harbor Office/Marina for boarding the floatplane at the pre-arranged time to leave for Echo Bay.

Flying from the Seattle, WA area:

Please contact us directly to inquire about potential floatplane services from Seattle with Kenmore Air. 1-866-435-9524

Departure Schedule

All guests will be departing Echo Bay via floatplane to Port Hardy and Port McNeill.  Departure time will correspond to catching the 16:55 pm flight from Port Hardy back to Vancouver International Airport.  This flight will be approximately 20 minutes.