The Safari Camp

The Coastal Rainforest Safari camp is located on remote and wild Hope Island off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. With permission of the T’lat’lasikwala First Nation, our camp is on the ancient seasonal village site of Xwamdasbe’ – which translates to “a place for otters”. From here, we are strategically situated to explore the Great Bear Rainforest and northern Vancouver Island where we can view an awe-inspiring array of wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, bald eagles, black bears, and grizzly bears.

To reach the camp a short flight of stairs are climbed from the protected beach. The paths throughout the camp are all boardwalked for both guest comfort and to protect this ancient site. However, guests should be comfortable walking a couple hundred metres over uneven and potentially slippery ground as while much of our wildlife viewing is done by boat, there are times when we will go ashore to view bears along the riverbanks, stroll along a beach, or to explore the forest.

X̱wa̱mdasbeʼ - The location of our Safari Camp

Xwamdasbe, ca. 1881. Photograph by Edward Dossetter. AMNH 42298.

Part of the unique beauty of a multi-day safari camp experience is that you are immersed in the environment and wildlife all day and all night. Wildlife viewing and wilderness experiences don’t end when you disembark the boat each day. You may see whales swimming past our oceanside dining room, or you may fall asleep to the soft tapping sound of a sea otter cracking open a clam. Perhaps you’ll be woken in the middle of the night by the blow of a humpback whale passing by your oceanside tent, or you’ll arise in the morning and see a bald eagle perched in a tree outside your tent.

Our ocean-side safari tents are spacious canvas-walled tents that are raised on wooden platforms made from locally milled cedar. Each tent is furnished with a king or two twin beds, two bedside dressers with lamps, a wooden bench, and a propane fireplace. Each tent includes a private ensuite bathroom with toilet, sink, and hot shower with on-demand hot water. * to conserve water, both the toilet and shower are ultra-low flow.

Dining

Feast your eyes on the fantastic views from our dining and lounge tents, which are just steps from the ocean. Meet fellow guests as you enjoy meals served around a communal table milled from local lumber or cozy up in front of the glass-fronted fireplace to catch up on the day’s exciting adventures. Or simply watch the world go by.

Our talented chef showcases fresh seafood and locally grown ingredients in our hearty meals. Depending on the season, you may be feasting on salmon, halibut, crab, or prawns. Dinner is served with a selection of Vancouver Island wines and craft beers, for a true taste of British Columbia. With advance notice we can accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Cedar planked salmon for dinner