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July 26 - August 2, 2017:

The Great Bear Sea: with Dr Paul Paquet &
Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Dr. 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 fourth Conservation Voyage with Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Join Raincoast’s senior scientist, Dr Paul Paquet
July 26 - August 2 to experience the essence of the famed Inside Passage by small ship. 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 is doing to protect grizzly bears, wolves and orcas along the British Columbia coast. 

July 26 - August 2, 2016
Vessel: SV Island Roamer
  8 Days - $4850 per person*

Sample Itinerary


*Subject to a $300 sustainability fee and 5% GST. Partial proceeds go towards supporting Raincoast Conservation's ongoing campaigns to protect British Columbia's coastal wilderness and wildlife.

Start: Prince Rupert, BC/ Finish: Bella Bella, BC


Southeast Alaska - Whales, Bears & Glaciers

July 15 - 25, 2017:
Dr Stephen Herrero leads Southeast Alaska Super Trip!
11 Days in Southeast Alaska

"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

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; both Anan Creek and Pack 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 and the iconic Alaskan brown bear. 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 Roamer allows us to experience this rugged coast intimately with a different secluded anchorage each evening ... A nature photographer's dream trip!

11 Days - $6650 per person*

Vessel: SV Island Roamer


Vessel - SV Island Roamer

* + $100 sustainability fee

Start in Petersburg, AK, & Finish in Prince Rupert, BC


North Coast/ Khutzeymateen Inlet

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.

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.
Coming Soon!

Haida Gwaii

Gwaii Haanas is a incredible area with over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains. Thousands of seabirds nest on the islands. Theories suggest that parts of Haida Gwaii escaped the last ice age, forming a glacial refuge for certain plants and animals. How else to explain the presence of plant species found nowhere else in the world and the noticeably different sub-species of bird, fish and mammal? Haida Gwaii provides a remarkable evolutionary showcase - hence, their description as the “Canadian Galapagos”.

Coming soon!