Thompson Sound is located north of northeast Vancouver Island, off Knight Inlet, which cuts eighty miles through the remote Coast Range of Mountains.
The area is a true west coast adventure, with great towering mountains rising straight out of the sea, cascading waterfalls and waterslides, and a history rich in native culture. To the west of this vast wilderness area is Kingcome Inlet, Tribune Channel, Bond Sound, Fife Sound, and numerous other sounds and channels. Islands in the region include Gilford, Village, Turnour, Minstrel and Cracroft Islands.
Formerly known as the Kwakiutl, the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations have lived here for thousands of years, a region with a history rich in native culture and heritage. Pictographs, burial sites, and shell middens on Harbledown, Village and Turnout Islands, to name only a few sites, offer a fascinating glimpse into Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish culture and history.
Covering the central and north coast of British Columbia, from Knight Inlet to the Alaskan border, the Great Bear Rainforest contains the largest tract of contiguous ancient temperate rainforest left on Earth. This temperate rainforest supports Canada’s largest grizzly bears, the rare white spirit bear and thousands of genetically unique races of Pacific salmon.
This wilderness region is prime black bear and grizzly bear habitat, bald eagles, orcas and other wildlife is abundant, fishing is superb, and the river system supports a phenomenal fall salmon run. Needless to say, the opportunities for nature photography in Knight Inlet are superb.
Location: Accessible only by boat or float plane, the mostly uninhabited Thompson Sound is located off Knight Inlet, due north of Johnstone Strait and the small communities of Telegraph Cove and Sayward / Kelsey Bay on Vancouver Island. Travel to Thompson Sound by boat from Port McNeill, or a 45-minute floatplane flight from Campbell River over the islands dotting scenic Johnstone Strait. Campbell River on Vancouver Island is accessible from the Vancouver and Victoria International Airports.