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Whale/bear watching Prince Rupert/Cambell River/Telegraph

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Whale/bear watching Prince Rupert/Cambell River/Telegraph

We are flying over from England to Prince Rupert then taking the Summer day Inner Passasge cruise to Port Hardy in July next year. We are wanting to do some whale watching , Orca's but particulaly Humpback's and not sure if Prince Rupert would be best to do this or Port hardy, Telegraph Cove or down to Campbell River as we haven't decided our final route yet so nothing booked, any thoughts much appreciated.

My question also applies to bear watching as it seems Prince Rupert and Telegraph Cove both have amazing bear watching and it's difficult to know which to go for, confused of England!

Vicki

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Hi Vicki.

How long will you have in Prince Rupert? Depending on when in July (last two weeks really you could rent a car and drive via Terrace to Stewart/ Hyder and maybe see bear fishing at Fish Creek for virtually free ( well $5 US). You’d need a night at least for that, 2 better to explore around Terrace ( bears there too).

Not sure if the Kutzymateen bear trips out if PR have started to wind down by then? But Tide Rip out of Telegraph Cove we good when we used them. Will be doing some others next September out of CR and Port Hardy.

Can’t comment on the whale trips, but plenty of reviews on TA, we saw some on the bear trips and from the ferry.

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Khutzeymateen......TA timed out my edit...can never spell that correctly first go!

Lots of free roadside Black Bear viewing in BC and VI.

Edited: 8:24 am, November 18, 2017
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I would look at flying into Smithers and then driving from there up to Stewart, then back around to Prince Rupert via the Nisga'a lava beds. I'd allow 5 days for this and you'd need to check if the one way car rental cost is a problem. Could do this as an out and back from Rupert too.

You may have transport issues on the island, assuming you are walking on to the ferry. One way car rentals out of Port Hardy seem to come with astronomical drop fees and you may find that you rent a car for a few days on the north island and then bus or fly south from there.

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Hi Vancouverite.

Yes, the OPs intended mode of travel on VI could do with clarification, particularly if they fly to central BC they suggest?

I know BC ferries stop their bear viewing ‘package’ day trips to Khutzeymateen in the 3rd week of July from PR, but other operators may continue and I know the lodge type places are still open as we looked at them for September next year.

We are going with one out of Port Hardy, one out of Campbell River and the return stay at Knight Inlet next September plus some DIY locations both in BC and AK.

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hi

We would need a bit more info before the BC part so with what we have you are likely to be landing in Vancouver being the flight hub for the north and that the public transportation options for the places you want to visit are scarce and drop off fees for car rentals are not cheap this is one option to research.

Get a car in Vancouver

take the ferry to Vancouver Island and get to Port Hardy - if seeing bears and whale is really what you want to do you can likely do that on Vancouver Island. https://goo.gl/maps/t2kGdpZzHQ72

if you want more adventure then taking the Port Hardy to Prince Rupert ferry and drive the loop around to get back to Vancouver would do that. https://goo.gl/maps/g4yzJEDSoe62

when you price out flying to Prince Rupert etc... the cost of keeping the car and driving around could work out to be similar.

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<<when you price out flying to Prince Rupert etc... the cost of keeping the car and driving around could work out to be similar.>>

Quite possibly, plus they could also consider the new direct day ferry from Bella Coola to Port Hardy as an alternative if the time is short for the drive to PR.

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It would really help to see your overall plan, rockyradar, how many nights you are allocating for your trip? How about your plans for a rental car? The section you are asking about is probably, IMO, the most awkward of the usual tourist routes to organise well, with a view to keeping to a budget. It would be very unlikely to rent a car in Prince Rupert, use the ferry and drop the car somewhere on the Island without it costing an arm and a leg.

However, using Calgary and Vancouver, or Vancouver and Victoria as pick up/drop off places, one way rental cars become more doable with the UK company Canadian Affair. Link: https:/…car-hire-holidays

Flying from England to Prince Rupert is likely going to create some challenges for what you are planning.

Remember to apply for your eTAs in advance. You need these to be able to board the plane to Canada. Use the official Gov’t if Canada website, pay$7 pp. Link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp

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we are thinking of flying out possibly 11th july to vancouver then over to prince rupert then poss a bear watch there before the day passage ferry back down to the island.

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It looks like we can get an air canada from vancouver to prince rupert from what I can see and we are not looking at driving. Being one of those weird countries that drive on the other side of the road to most other countries neither of us fancy driving over there so it looks like once over in prince rupert then we can be foot passengers onto the inner passage ferry then once on the island, the tofino bus service who I have contacted seem to have a regular bus service from port hardy all the way down the island past telegraph cove and campbell river and further so this is what we are thinking. Then we will either fly from the island back to vancouver or bc ferry and transfer back to vancouver depending on time and cost.

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10. Re: Whale/bear watching Prince Rupert/Cambell River/Telegraph

<<Being one of those weird countries that drive on the other side of the road to most other countries>>

Actually the majority of the world drives on the right!

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