Wild Eye - Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest Expedition

from $14,995.00

Highlights

  • Search for the fabled Spirit Bear
  • Potential to see Spirit Bears, Black Bears, Grizzlies and Coastal Wolves
  • Incredible whale watching in the channels around British Columbia
  • Small group and yacht makes for intimate and experience driven expedition
  • Expedition travel means making the most of our time in the field
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  • Activity Level Challenging
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  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Great Bear Rainforest Expedition.

Overview

This voyage will explore the northern reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Khutzeymateen with the anticipation of seeing some amazing wildlife while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the central BC Coast – an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest.

We will start our trip exploring the Khutzeymateen Valley that holds Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary and is home to one of British Columbia’s most important coastal bear populations. Khutzeymateen is a native Tsimshian word meaning “a confined space for salmon and bears”, a suitable description – as you will soon see. We explore along the Inlet’s winding shores and expect some breathtaking bear viewing in the new Khutzeymateen Conservancy.

Then we make our way over to the protected waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. This area is a rich and unique ecosystem of impressive biodiversity – from the herring and salmon in the sea, to large coastal carnivores to massive cedar trees and hemlocks. Conservationists and First Nations have been actively working to protect this area as it contains the largest remaining, intact temperate rainforest on the Pacific Coast. The British Columbia government and Coastal First Nations recently announced that 85% of the land area will now be protected.

We go ashore each day on the lookout for signs of bears, coastal wolves and pine martin amongst the old growth temperate rainforest. At sea, we keep a sharp eye out for humpback whales, orca and other marine mammals as we travel the fiords below towering rock faces and rushing waterfalls. The Tshimshian and Heiltsuk First Nations people have lived in the area for thousands of years. We will learn about and how important this remote and pristine wilderness is to them and their future generations.

Note: On all of our voyages we intentionally keep our itineraries flexible to take advantage of wildlife sightings, weather and tides, and the interests of the group.

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Expedition Availability

August 25 – September 3, 2020 Expedition: 6 Spaces left. Spaces left.

Note: If there is no number next to the date the safari has been sold out.


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  1. Day 1 Arrive

    Guests will meet to tour leader at Vancouver airport for their flight to Rupert Island. A short flight to this island and then a transfer to your accommodation for the night prior to the expedition.

    Pre-expedition dinner is included at a local Italian restaurant, with the tour leader, this is where you will have an expedition briefing.

  2. Day 2 Prince Rupert

    Meet the Bluewater Adventures crew at the top of the dock of the Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert.

    A small transfer after breakfast to the harbor will take you to the boat to meet the rest of the Island Odyssey’s crew. After cabin assignments, and a safety orientation we will depart Prince Rupert harbour for the beauty of Portland Inlet.

  3. Day 3 Khutzeymateen

    We’ll spend at least two days in the Khutzeymateen Inlet area. At its head is Khutzeymateen Provincial Park, also known as Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary, which adjoins the more recently declared Conservancy lands along the inlet’s length. These landscapes are collectively among the most beautifu and inspiring anywhere! It is along these shores that we will look for grizzly bears as they forage for salmon, which will begin spawning at this time of year. After anchoring, we’ll proceed by zodiac as we take care to spot the bears. The bear population here is not hunted and the bears display a general indifference to our presence. Still, we will maintain a respectful distance that allows them to engage in their natural behaviours

  4. Day 4 Khutzeymateen

    We’ll be on the lookout for other wildlife too, both here and in the outer islands. Steller sea lions will be an interesting sight (and sound) and we may also see a number of birds including bald eagles, also gathered for salmon.

    There will be time to explore the protected waters on many days using our stable sea kayaks that we carry onboard. Evenings after we anchor, or mornings before we set off will be the best times to enjoy

  5. Day 5 Khutzeymateen

    There will be time to explore the protected waters on many days using our stable sea kayaks that we carry onboard. Evenings after we anchor, or mornings before we set off will be the best times to enjoy

  6. Day 6 Douglas Channel

    We will depart the Khutzeymateen area and transit the Grenville Channel towards the mouth of the Douglas Channel near Princess Royal Island – the best area for seeing the rare Spirit or Kermode Bears within their range. These bears are actually Black Bears, but the high frequency of a recessive gene in the population makes about ten percent of the bears in this area all-white.

  7. Day 7 Douglas Channel

    We’ll visit creeks and river estuaries and keep an eye out along the shore as we spend time here over the next four days. We’ll enlist the assistance of local Tsimshian guides who will take us to their favourite bear viewing areas. In Whale Channel we may expect to see humpback whales and will take the time to observe these amazing 15 metre-long creatures. Hopefully here they will engage in bubble-net feeding! We often see whales in the vicinity of Bishop Bay hot springs as well, where we may have the opportunity to take a dip too!

  8. Day 8 Princess Royal Island

    On our daily shore excursions, your naturalist will help identify different coastal plants and interested participants can help keep a species list for the trip. With a good low tide, we may explore the shoreline for different species of colourful sea stars, anemone, and algae. We should get some fantastic photos of some of these!

  9. Day 9 Princess Royal Island

    On our daily shore excursions, your naturalist will help identify different coastal plants and interested participants can help keep a species list for the trip. With a good low tide, we may explore the shoreline for different species of colourful sea stars, anemone, and algae. We should get some fantastic photos of some of these!

  10. Day 10 Kitimat

    We will arrive in Kitimat by mid morning. A Kalum Kabs shuttle will transport you and your luggage to the Terrace airport. The travel time to the airport is approximately 1 hour.

    The flight from Terrace to Vancouver is included and your expedition will end in Vancouver, International flights can be booked from 20.00pm.

Dates & Prices

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Duration Spaces Price Book
August 25 - September 3, 2020 6 $14,995.00
Guide: Unspecified