Explore the Great Bear Rainforest
Cruise the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the Kermode Bear. A coastal British Columbia nature cruise that will take you to remote areas of the Inside Passage. Search for Grizzly and Black bears... Excellent chances to see the Spirit bear! Departs: Bella Bella, BC
Adventure into this remote wilderness, seeking wildlife and meeting native guides. Learn why the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the last gems on the Pacific Coast.
Islands and intricate waterways beneath towering mountains... lush, coastal temperate forests... wilderness alive with eagles, ravens, salmon, bears and wolves... ten thousand year old native cultures...
The central coast region of British Columbia’s scenic and intricate shoreline has a long history. Stretching from Vancouver Island, north along the mainland coast, it forms a significant section of the famous “Inside Passage” route to Alaska - a name that started with the gold rush of the 1800’s. Many of the gold seekers stayed on the coast, attracted to the plentiful resources of fishing and the lush forests. Native peoples have lived along this coast for at least 10,000 years, and built a renowned culture based upon these same fish and trees. Unfortunately, diseases spread from the first European settlers, decimated the old villages, and now the native peoples are centred in a few, small coastal villages - Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Hartley Bay. It was only in the last few years with the introduction of the name “Great Bear Rainforest”, that this magnificent wilderness has deservedly found itself in the spotlight of international attention.
Bluewater Adventures fully supports this concept and has committed to Protocol Agreements with all these First Nations. We plan to spend a day with local Gitga’at guides who will share their culture and history as they guide us to their favourite bear viewing sites. We also make efforts to visit the newly built Big Houses in Klemtu or Hartley Bay.
We often see spectacular humpback behaviours such as breaching and a cooperative feeding technique called ‘bubble-net feeding’. As well, we sometimes encounter the infamous orca (killer whale).
Weighing in at more than a quarter of a ton, grizzly bears sit at the top of the food chain and are a critical part of this coastal ecosystem. These bears are drawn to the estuaries of large coastal rivers to feast on the salmon moving upriver to spawn. They depend on these salmon to survive. The Great Bear Rainforest supports one of the last sustainable populations. We plan on exploring up remote coastal fiords and expect to see these majestic creatures.
The Great Bear Rainforest
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Map & Location
Trip ItineraryOur daily plans are flexible to accommodate the surprises that we encounter each trip, the requirements of tide and weather, and the interests of the group. With so many opportunities to be “wowed”, it’s hard to predict what unique moment will be your favourite memory.
Day 1 - We meet at the top of the Municipal Dock on the Bella Bella waterfront and leave mid-day to begin our adventure. Note: some departures begin/end in Prince Rupert.
Days 2-7 - Over the next 6 days, we will travel to a number of areas around the Central Coast such as Campania Sound and Whale Channel - excellent areas for spotting humpback whales and Steller sea lions. We may go ashore in the Gitga’at (Princess Royal Island) Conservancy. We will cruise over to Bishop Bay to enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot springs and spend a day with a Gitga’at native guide, taking us to his favourite bear viewing area. With patience and some luck we will see black bears and the elusive, white Spirit Bear! We may visit the First Nations village of Klemtu or Hartley Bay to see their ceremonial Big Houses. We will voyage deep into the coastal mountains to explore the Fiordland Conservancy where, beneath towering rock bluffs and waterfalls, we will search remote estuaries to see grizzly bears feeding on spawning salmon.
Day 8 - We arrive in Bella Bella late morning. Participants can catch the Pacific Coastal Airlines late afternoon flight back to Vancouver.
The Great Bear Rainforest
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2019 Schedule, Prices & Trip Availability
GBR Aboard SV Island Roamer
|Dates||Duration||CAD Price||Embark / Disembark||Availability|
|August 17 - 24**
"Great Bear Sea Explorer"
|8 days||CAD $5225||Prince Rupert/
|August 26 - Sept 2||8 days||CAD $5885||Bella Bella / Terrace||Booked|
|September 3 - 10||8 days||CAD $5885||Terrace / Bella Bella||Booked
|September 11 - 18||8 days||CAD $5885||Bella Bella / Terrace||Call for Availability|
|September 19 - 26||8 days||CAD $5885||Terrace / Bella Bella||Space Available|
|Sept 27 - Oct 4||8 days||CAD $5885||Bella Bella / Bella Bella||Space Available|
|October 5 - 12||8 days||CAD $5885||Bella Bella / Bella Bella||Call for Availability|
|** Does not visit spirit bear stands. This expedition focuses on marine mammals of the Great Bear Sea|
GBR Aboard SV Island Odyssey
|August 26 - Sept 3
"Northern Great Bear Explorer"
|9 days||CAD $6095||Prince Rupert/ Terrace||Space Available
|September 4 - 11||8 days||CAD $5885||Terrace / Terrace||Space Available
|September 12 - 19||8 days||CAD $5885||Terrace / Terrace|| Space Available
|September 20 - 27||8 days||CAD $5885||Terrace / Bella Bella||Call for Availability|
|Sept 28 - Oct 5||8 days||CAD $5885||Bella Bella/ Bella Bella||Booked|
GBR Aboard SV Island Solitude
|August 25 - Sept 1||8 days||CAD $7350||Bella Bella / Terrace||Booked|
|Sept 2 - 9||8 days||CAD $7350||Terrace / Bella Bella||Booked|
|Sept 10 - 17||8 days||CAD $7350||Bella Bella / Terrace||Booked|
|Sept 18 - 25||8 days||CAD $7350||Terrace / Bella Bella||Booked|
|Sept 26 - Oct 3||8 days||CAD $7350||Bella Bella / Terrace||Booked|
|October 4 - 11||8 days||CAD $7350||Terrace / Bella Bella||Space Available|
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To support conservation efforts on the west coast, a $100 Sustainability Fee will be applied to rates at time of booking. Dates and prices are subject to change. Some departures may be reserved for groups. If you are interested in chartering a date for your group, special pricing is available.
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