The Northern tip of Vancouver Island is home to some of the most exceptional bird watching opportunities on the Pacific Coast. This ecologically diverse region, with ancient coastal rainforests, rocky islets, and expansive estuaries, supports a wide range of bird species. While the sheltered waters of the Broughton Archipelago serve as an excellent winter habitat for various wildlife, it is during the summer months that the area reveals its hidden gems.
The region offers pristine natural habitats and excellent bird-watching opportunities at a number of hotspots along the trail but the natural marvel of the breeding colonies are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Located on the secluded islands surrounding the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the colonies are designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area due to the nearly 2 million individuals they support. Notably, they support over 90% of the Canadian population of Tufted Puffins and 55% of the global population of Cassin’s Auklet.
Bird enthusiasts are encouraged to consider professional guided tours led by local experts. These tours offer a chance to explore the abundant waters with knowledgeable local interpreters and hopefully catch a glimpse of the charismatic species that return year after year to raise their young.
This itinerary unveils the vibrant indigenous culture of Vancouver Island’s Northern communities, celebrates stunning local cuisine and showcases the variety of unique local businesses. Whether you are planning your journey to the wilderness of North Vancouver Island or just passing through, take some time to explore the abundant wildlife, stunning shoreline and welcoming communities of this remarkable destination.