NEW & Special Trips 2014
Whales, Bears and Glaciers "Super Trips" in Southeast AlaskaGuests have been requesting longer trip options, so Bluewater is bringing back our 11-day “Super” trip itinerary including both Anan Creek and Pack Creek for arguably the best bear viewing on the Pacific coast. We begin our journey in the quaint fishing village of Petersburg, Alaska where you will encounter Alaskan hospitality at its best.
"Some of the best bear viewing in the World..." ~ Dr. Stephen Herrero
July 6 - 16, 2014 (11 days) with Brian Keating
Join Calgary educator, conservationist and world-wide travel guide, Brian Keating for an exploration of the rugged southeastern waters of Alaska. Board in the picturesque fishing town of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and set sail along the inside passage. We travel to the lands that support one of the largest pink salmon runs in the world to observe this rich ecosystem at work. This attracts an abundance of wildlife so keep your cameras ready! We travel through prime humpback whale feeding territory and keep on watch for orca, porpoise and Pacific White-sided dolphins while underway. We visit bear viewing areas on Admiralty Island to see both black and brown bears - some of the best viewing in the world. This region is home to an incredible population of sea birds and we may even be lucky enough to encounter coastal wolves. Each evening is spent in a different secluded Bay providing changing landscapes and great opportunities to explore by our stable sea kayaks.
Brian Keating - Honourary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoo
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, U of Calgary
Brian previously held the position "Head of Conservation Outreach" at the Zoo, which enabled him to raise money and then spend it on environmental projects around the world. He’s been leading groups on nature based travel for three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet. He’s a weekly guest on both Calgary and Edmonton’s CBC Radio, and for many years, was a regular on the Discovery Channel, using his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming. He and his wife, Dee, have traveled to over 50 countries across all seven continents. He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 50 events a year. Brian's style would best be described as buoyant, fast-paced, humorous, and always uplifting and meaningful.
CAD $6425 pp* - 2 spaces available
Prince Rupert, BC - Petersburg, AK
* + $100 sustainability fee
July 17-27, 2014 (11 days) with Lindsay Janes
Travel with Bluewater Naturalist, Lindsay Janes on this "super" itinerary and be prepared for full days of Alaskan wilderness and wildlife adventure! Lindsay joined Bluewater in 2006, and has been exploring BC's vast and awe-inspiring coastline ever since. Her earliest child hood memories are of beach combing and stuffing her mouth full of salmon berries -- things haven't changed much since then. When she's not teaching earth and ocean sciences, she works as a wilderness guide, ski patroller and first aid instructor. In 2002 Lindsay earned a BSc from the University of Victoria in Earth and Ocean Sciences and in 2009 she earned a BEd with a minor in environmental education from Simon Fraser University. When she is not on the water, Lindsay works on her photography, skiing, surfing and playing music. Her favourite marine invertebrate is the Giant Pacific Octopus.
CAD $6425 pp*
Petersburg, AK - Prince Rupert, BC
* + $100 sustainability fee
Aboard our 68’ sailing vessel, we will cruise the waters of this remote archipelago 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 and southern shores which lie within the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.
Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands
July 22 - 29, 2014 (8 days) with Robin Wright
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!
Dr. Wright is the curator for Native American Art at the Burke Museum, Director of the Bill Holm Center 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 geneology, as well as her deep relationship with the people and land of Haida Gwaii is what brings these topics to life.
CAD $4585 pp* - Sold Out
Start and FInish in Sandspit, BC
* + $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST
July 15 - 22, 2013 (8 days) with Captain GoldPeople thought Captain Gold was mad when, in the 1970’s, he paddled a canoe from Skidegate to the old Haida village of SGang Gwaay (before it was a UNESCO World Heritage site) - nearly 250 km of hazardous seas. He knew the importance of reconnecting with his heritage, making sure village remains were not further disturbed and of being there to welcome visitors. He single-handedly changed the image of the village and became the first “Haida Watchman”. In the 1980’s, the Haida Nation sent elders to other uninhabited villages to be Watchmen and in 1987, when the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve was officially created, the Haida Watchmen became the figurehead program.
We are thrilled to announce that Captain Gold will be our resource guide for a very special trip Join him in exploring the archipelago of Gwaii Haanas and come away with stories of his life-long efforts to preserve the Haida spirit, heritage, language and oral history. Captain Gold is an Elder, Haida historian, author, and has been a Haida representative on the Gwaii Haanas Management Board.
CAD $4585 pp*
Start and FInish in Sandspit, BC
* + $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST
North Coast/ Khutzeymateen InletKhutzeymateen 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.
North Coast/ Khutzeymateen Inlet
June 17 - 23, 2014 (7 days) with Dr Barrie Gilbert
Join Dr. Barrie Gilbert and cruise along to explore the remote North Coast to the Khutzeymateen in search of grizzly bears and other coastal wildlife. June is a great time to view bears who have just come out of hibernation, some with cubs, and are eager to feed on the variety of estuary plants that flourish this time of year. We also hope to see the infamous coastal wolf and a multitude of marine mammals like orca and humpback whales, Dall's porpoise, and Stellar sea lions. This Bluewater Adventures 3rd year in the Khutzeymateen and it just keeps getting better every year!
Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert was a Senior Scientist from Utah State University and has just recently retired. 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. This research focuses on other carnivores, their habitat and plans to minimize or eliminate these impacts at a protected area scale. He began studying bears in 1974. For the last 15 years he directed studies of human-bear interactions along salmon streams in Katmai National Park, AK, and in Southeast Alaska. He began studying bears in 1974 and started working with coastal B.C. bears in 1996. Dr Gilbert's experience on the west coast extends from British Columbia up to Southeast Alaska, including some of our favourite bear watching spots like Knight Inlet and Anan Creek.
Start and Finish in Prince Rupert, BC
+ $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST
The Raincoast Conservation "Allies Expedition"
August 28 – September 4, 2014 (8 days) with Captain Brian Falconer and Dr Caroline Fox
Led by Raincoast’s Captain Brian Falconer and Dr. Caroline Fox, this voyage will introduce guests to the Great Bear Rainforest and Sea on a very intimate level. We will observe research techniques and learn about the biology behind a thriving ecosystem. We will learn how scientific practices are enriched by First Nations’ traditional ecological knowledge and discover the importance of current conservation campaigns on the British Columbia coast...All while being immersed in one of the largest unspoiled tracts of coastal temperate rainforests in the World.
This is a “first time experience” offered to travelers in the Great Bear Rainforest. A small group of people will have the unique opportunity to share a passion for nature with those who make understanding and protecting it their life’s work.
This announcement coincides with CREST's recently released report comparing two outdoor recreational activities within the Great Bear Rainforest – bear hunting and bear viewing. The outcomes largely support bear “viewing” as being the most economically valuable.
Bluewater welcomes guests to join this research and conservation-based expedition to get an “on the front lines” perspective.