Province/Territory: British Columbia

Explore the matchless scenery and the lush beauty of Desolation Sound

  • 50-minute helicopter ride from Vancouver
  • 28 foot Eaglemaster eco tour boat
  • 04 hour Eco-Adventure Tour with hike & picnic

Bald eagles, herons and Kingfishers swirl over rapids, swooping down to pluck fish from the whirlpools as your aluminum-hulled inflatable eco adventure boat navigates the Discovery Islands, home to some of the most amazing wildlife viewing on the Pacific coast.
Feel the spray on your face, hear the rush in your ears, and sense the power of the ocean as you spot Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, and Pacific white-sided dolphins gathering in nearby waters to feed. Follow Orcas and harbour seals.  Listen to whale songs and other under-sea sounds through personal headphones while wilderness guides provide expert narration.
Later, try landing a Tyee, a trophy salmon; join an experienced guide to see Grizzly bears fishing in a rainforest stream; or launch your kayak into the ocean to watch for Orcas spouting spray into the salty air. Back at the resort, spoil yourself with a massage in front of a fireplace and or soak in a hot tub with a view. After dinner, drift off to sleep to the soothing sound of gentle wind through cedars.

Why you should visit

• Fish world famous salmon-filled waters.
• Enjoy guided eco tours by boat.
• Experience close-up views of grizzly bears, orcas, sea lions and dolphins.
• Explore remote glaciers by helicopter.
• Ride ocean rapids in comfort and safety.
• View wildlife right from the Sonora grounds.
• Listen to knowledgeable local guides through personal headphones.
• From your boat, see black bears, deer, beavers, weasels, eagles, mergansers, kingfishers and seals.
• Explore the rainforest on foot as the massive 800-year old western red cedars tower above you.
• Try your hand at fly-fishing in two well-stocked trout ponds.
• View the elusive West Coast Grizzly in its natural habitat.
• Enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by a gourmet chef.
• Explore the traditional territory of the Kwaiakah People.
• Enjoy gourmet meals incorporating fresh local West Coast produce and sustainable seafood.
• Follow an old logging road to beautiful Florence Lake, where you can picnic, swim, or fly-fish.
• Feast on local steelhead salmon, Qualicum Beach Scallop Ceviche and other gourmet specialties.
• Soak in a hot tub with a rainforest and ocean view.

Weather

• Sonora Island has a year-round temperate climate. Summer (June to September) sees warm and dry weather with temperatures that range from 13°C to 20°C. Cooler temperatures and increased precipitation occur during the May and September shoulder seasons.
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

• Spa and some tours carry additional fees.
• Bring layered clothing.
• Prices exclude gratuities.
• Resort is wheelchair accessible, including dining room and trail to dock.
• All meals included in price.
Rates and dates.

When to go

• Sonora Resort is open May through October.

Need to know

• Eco-adventure boats do not accommodate wheelchairs.
• Bring a camera, sunscreen and a sweater.
• Weather gear, binoculars and refreshments are provided.
•Waterproof digital cameras and long range zoom lenses are available for sign-out at the gift shop.
• Dress in layers, especially in the early morning.

Getting Here

• Sonora Resort is located in a remote area accessed by water taxi from Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island.
• The resort can also be accessed by air from Vancouver or from Seattle.