NEW & Special Trips 2016 - visit this page often!
Northern Vancouver Island - Orcas, Totems & Grizzlies
At the northern end of Vancouver Island lies a maze of islands and waterways, full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and the history and traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people (Kwakiutl).
The Pacific Ocean funnels into the protected waters of Johnstone Strait creating strong tidal currents, and incredibly nutrient-rich waters. Millions of salmon, returning to spawn in the mainland rivers, must converge to pass through the Strait. Groups of orcas (or killer whales) hunt the salmon in the passages.
August 13 - 19:
Orcas, Totems & Grizzlies with Whale and Dolphin Conservation's whale specialist, Rob Lott
Rob Lott is a marine mammal scientist working with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) in the UK. Prior to his work with WDC Rob undertook his Masters degree in Marine Mammal Sciences. .Throughout his busy career, Rob has been fortunate enough to watch and photograph wildlife all over the world including Alaska, Antarctica, Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and the Bay of Biscay, but his favourite places on the planet are Northern Vancouver Island, Svalbard and South Georgia.
|"I feel incredibly privileged and fortunate to work for an organization that campaigns tirelessly for the conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins and porpoises across the world. Working for WDC also gives me the opportunity to travel widely and see these conservation measures in action."|
His current role with WDC (whales.org) includes anti captivity campaign and the orca program. His passion and concern for marine mammal welfare provides great inspiration for the articles he has published in several international newspapers and magazines.
August 13-19, 2016
Start & Finish in Port McNeill, BC
7 Days - $4567.50 per person*
August 20-26: Sold out
Large Carnivores and Conservation with Dr Paul Paquet and Raincoast Conservation FoundationDr. Paul C. Paquet is Senior Scientist/Research Director for Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He is an American and Canadian biologist who is best known for his ecological and behavioral research on large carnivores, especially regarding wolves and bears. He has graduate degrees in philosophy, wildlife behavior and conservation, biology, and a Ph.D. in zoology from University of Alberta. His research focuses on the interface between ecological theory and conservation. He is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores; including their ecology, behaviour, and management. He has spent more than 40 years covering subjects ranging from the world wide decline of large carnivores to the philosophical relationship of animal welfare and conservation, publishing more than 200 scholarly articles and several books addressing issues of ecology, conservation and environmental ethics. Paquet is an educator and member of numerous government, industry, and advisory committees of organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Canadian Wildlife Service, WWF International, and the European Union.
|I loved listening to his stories – he’s a fount of information and so committed & passionate about Raincoast. He’s an inspiration. I learned so much more than I’d hoped”.
SR – Vancouver
We are thrilled to announce our third Conservation Voyage with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Join Raincoast’s senior scientist, Paul Paquet August 20-26 to experience the amazing marine mammals and grizzlies off Northern Vancouver Island. Raincoast is working to eliminate trophy hunting of grizzly bears by buying out the guide / outfitter’s commercial hunting licenses in the southern Great Bear Rainforest – the focus area of this trip. Dr. Paquet is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores and brings a wealth of knowledge including seminal studies of bears and wolves of the British Columbia coast. Learn about the interface between ecological theory and conservation, and the incredible work Raincoast Conservation (www.raincoast.org) is doing to protect grizzly bears, wolves and orcas along the British Columbia coast.
August 20-26, 2016
Start & Finish in Port McNeill, BC
7 Days - $4567.50 per person*
* Includes a $100 sustainability fee and 5% GST. Partial proceeds go towards supporting Raincoast Conservation's ongoing campaigns to protect British Columbia's coastal wilderness and wildlife.
Southeast Alaska - Whales, Bears & Glaciers
July 28 - August 7:
Just Announced - Dr Stephen Herrero leads SEA Super Trip!
11 Days in Southeast Alaska
Vessel - SV Island Odyssey
"I have been professionally involved in human-bear conflict reduction since 1967. Much of my involvement has been as a professor at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and through research and refereed journal publications. I am past president of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), and past co-chair of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) Bear Specialist Group. I have used my and other research to formulate an understanding and make recommendations toward avoiding bear attacks on humans, or if they occur, to reduce injury to people and bears. My book on this topic, Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, was first published in 1985 and has been in print continuously since then, selling over 115, 000 copies. It was nominated as the best wildlife book by the Wildlife Society. The book was translated into German and Japanese. In 1990 this book was chosen “the most important scientific work on bears in past 25 years” by research peers. As a founding member of the Safety in Bear Country Society, and in association with IBA, we have produced 4 state of the art videos related to bear safety, conservation and management. Our flag ship video Staying Safe in Bear Country has been viewed millions of times." ~ Dr Stephen Herrero
In response to Bluewater guests requesting a longer trip than our standard 8 & 9 day trips, we are offering this 11 day "super trip" trip exploring Southeast Alaska and all its splendour!
This trip begins in the old fishing port of Prince Rupert, BC, and tours north to Frederick Sound and towards the Tongass National Forest - then to Petersburg, AK . It features some of the best bear viewing in the world; Anan Creek features great bear viewing in an intimate setting where we see black bears (and often cubs) fishing for salmon in the river below and bald eagles and ravens wait patiently for salmon leftovers. While underway, we keep our sights set for blows on the horizon - both humpbacks and orca and other marine mammals feed throughout our journey north.
We will witness the calving of massive tidewater glaciers, bask in the glow of epic sunsets and enjoy some great exploration on shore walks and by kayak.This trip captures all of the iconic Alaska highlights in a small group, boutique-style cruise. SV Island Odyssey allows us to experience this rugged coast intimately with a different secluded anchorage each evening ... A nature photographer's dream trip!
11 Days - $6495 per person
Start in Prince Rupert, BC & Finish in Petersburg, AK
Khutzeymateen is a native Tsimshian word meaning ‘a confined space for salmon and bears’, a suitable description - as you will soon see. "Khutzeymateen" is spelled "K’tzim-a-Deen" by the local Tshimshian.
North Coast/ Khutzeymateen Inlet
This trip encompasses a bounty of coastal wildlife; humpback whales and orca, sealions and seals, dolphins, porpoise, nesting birds and of course, grizzlies! We visit the world's first grizzly conservation area of its kind providing exceptional, bear viewing from our zodiac. The Khutzeymateen Inlet has provided coastal grizzlies with areas, free from hunting and logging to feed and rear their young, since 1994.
5 days of Exploration to Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary with Dr Barrie Gilbert
Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert is Senior Scientist (retired) from Utah State University. After receiving his B.A. in Biology from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned a PhD in ecology at Duke University. His specialty is behavioural and conservation ecology, especially the application of behavioural science to management of human-wildlife interactions. His recent research has focused on the impacts of roads, access and recreation on bears and other carnivores, their habitat, and plans to minimize or eliminate these impacts at a protected area scale. He began studying bears in 1974 and started working with coastal B.C. bears in 1996. For the last 15 years he directed studies of human-bear interactions along salmon streams in Katmai National Park, AK, and in Southeast Alaska.
Barrie has been sharing his love for the outdoors and his immense knowledge of bear behaviour with Bluewater Adventures guests for 10 amazing years.
Start and finish in Prince Rupert, BC
5 days - $3075 per person
Aboard our 68’ sailing vessel, we will cruise the waters of this remote archipelago (formerly called Queen Charlotte Islands) seeing ancient Haida villages, an incredible abundance of wildlife and outstanding wilderness scenery. In June 2010 Canada’s first marine protected area was announced surrounding the islands. Our trips primarily explore the eastern & southern shores which lie within the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site.
May 18 - 26: Sold Out
Christopher is a biologist and naturalist who has studied many types of wildlife and habitats. His interest in nature started at a young age in Southern Ontario, but he then moved to B.C. for university and work. After jobs and travel across Canada to South America, and Europe to Africa. Since 2007 he’s been coordinating the B.C. Breeding Bird Atlas to determine the abundance and distribution of birds across the province with Canada’s leading bird conservation organization, Bird Studies Canada.
Spring in Gwaii Haanas with Avian Expert, Christopher DiCorrado
Christopher has been leading trips in Haida Gwaii with his knowledge and exuberance for the diversity of bird species that visit Gwaii Haanas on their migration north and to nest.One such species that stands out is a tiny pelagic sea bird called the ancient murrelet. If we are lucky and our timing is right, by the light of the moon we will witness tiny balls of fluff come bouncing out of the forest to greet their calling parents at the tide's edge. Spring is the time for these 2 day old chicks to get acquainted with the sea and learn to fish because the next time they go ashore will be to lay eggs themselves.
We look forward to greater numbers of feeding humpback whales taking advantage of the huge plumes of microscopic shrimp called krill - this feeding frenzy keeps us on the look out as we explore the the east side Moresby Island. If you are a wildlife fan, this is the trip for you. Look forward to putting up the sails, enjoying healthy and delicious meals while experiencing the trip of a lifetime!
Start and finish in Sandspit, BC
9 days - $5350 per person
Travel with Native Art Historian and Professor, Dr. Robin Wright. Explore Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage site with a focus on art and cultural history. Our experienced Crew will interpret the natural history of Haida Gwaii - a spectacular highlight!
June 25 - July 2: Sold Out
The West Coast of Graham Island with Dr Robin Wright
Dr. Wright is the curator for Native American Art at the Burke Museum, Director of the Bill Holm Centre for the Study of Northwest Coast Art, and an expert on Haida art. Haida Gwaii. Robin has been leading trips to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) for over 20 years, most of them with Bluewater Adventures. She is always keen to share her knowledge on Haida art, First Nation stories, and her recent passion, Haida genealogy, as well as her deep relationship with the people and land of Haida Gwaii is what brings these topics to life.
Travel with Robin Wright and Burke Museum members to experience the west coast of Haida Gwaii — a trip that few have ever done! In June 2015 aboard the Island Odyssey, sail the north and west coasts of Graham Island. Starting in Masset and ending in Queen Charlotte, you will be the first Bluewater guests to ever explore the beauty of Western Graham Island. See wonderful ancient Haida villages, wild beaches, and whales.
A focus on Haida art and culture, this is an excellent trip to learn more about this ancient culture. This trip is for the true adventurer. Exploring and sailing on the exposed, west coast will bring a select group of participants to some marvellous and seldom visited sites; and it amounts to a challenging itinerary.
Participants need to be in good health and fitness to fully enjoy the experience. Weather will be a factor in how comfortable our travel is in exposed sections. While the itinerary intentionally has extra time set aside, weather may prevent us reaching some locations and alternatives may need to be created. All participants need to be informed of the nature of the trip before they sign up. You are encouraged to come early or stay after the trip for a day or two to see more poles and visit with Haida artists. Bluewater Adventures can recommend a travel agent who can assist you with your travel arrangements.
August 3-10: Sold out
Robert Davidson is one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A Northwest Coast native of Haida and Tlingit Descent, he is a master carver of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweller. He is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled. His distinctive style is appreciated by the Haida community and contemporary arts scholars alike, with many of his works considered post-modern masterpieces. His work is sought by collectors internationally.
Haida Art & History with Master Carver, Robert Davidson
Davidson’s passion to revive and perpetuate a variety of forms of Haida cultural expression, including song, dance and ceremony, has fuelled his remarkable output throughout the years. He has been responsible among other things for carving and raising the first totem pole in his hometown of Massett in nearly 90 years when he was just 22 years old.
Guests and Crew are in for a very unique experience on this trip where Haida art will be a focus through the eyes of renowned Haida carver, print maker and jeweller, Robert Davidson. In addition to sharing Haida tradition, he will lead us into the past as we wind our way through the beauty and wonder of Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site.
This unique opportunity will expose guests to Haida artistic tradition like no other trip. Davidson has been awarded honorary degrees from universities across North America and has been presented with both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.