2019 Special Trips

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Bluewater Conservation Expedition

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve & the Salish Sea
Proudly with Raincoast Conservation Foundation


We have partnered with our friends at Raincoast Conservation Foundation, we aim to support their ongoing research efforts to conserve wilderness and wildlife along the British Columbia Coast. In particular peril are the Southern resident killer whales due to changes in habitat, marine traffic noise and disappearing chinook salmon stocks. We do not anticipate that they will be present in the Gulf Islands at this time of year, but if they are, we will give them a very wide berth.
 

We are fortunate to have Dr Paul Paquet as the Naturalist on this expedition. With his expertise in conservation biology and “real world management”, guests are certain to see the natural world from a different perspective.We will keep watch for migrating sea birds, humpback whales that begin their journey north and for Bigg's killer whales (marine mammal- eating). This adventure will include hikes in coastal forests, opportunities to explore buy kayak and enjoy the beauty of BC’s south coast.

Canadian Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea
April 23 - 27, 2019

Start/ Finish - Sidney, BC
Vessel - SV Island Solitude

$3435 + $300 conservation fee + 5% GST = CAD $3921.75 per person


Dr Paul 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.
 




Southeast Alaska with Captain Brain Falconer

The time has come! Long-time Bluewater Captain Brian Falconer has specially crafted a special "Super" 13-day, custom itinerary exploring Southeast Alaska. For years, Brian has been talking about a Southeast Alaska Super Trip and in 2019, we are excited to finally bring it to life! We are also offering an "Epic" 9-day Southeast Alaska Itinerary with Captain Brian for those of you with a tighter travel schedule.

These trips are sure to sell out so please do not delay in contacting us for more information or to book!

Bluewater Adventures Sailboat in front of Southeast Alaska Glacier   Playing brown bear siblings   braching humpback whale - Paul Goldstein

photo: G MacHutchon

 

Photo: V Shore

 

Photo: P Goldstein


Captain Brian Falconer

CCaptina Brian Falconer   Brian Falconer can easily be described as one of the most experienced Captains on the west coast. Dating back to the 1980’s when he rebuilt the schooner Maple Leaf, he started leading eco-tours and fell in love with the wildlife and hidden gems of Southeast Alaska. He has built an enviable reputation coastwide working with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation (marine mammals surveys, bear hunting territory buyouts) and with Bluewater Adventures since 2003. He is often specially requested by our various charter groups.
     
His captivating storytelling, passion for marine exploration, wealth of knowledge on coastal ecology and wildlife conservation sets the Brian experience apart from the rest.

 

Trip #1: "Super" Southeast Alaska – July 26-August 7, 2019

brown bear grazing on sedge grass  

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:
We embark from Prince Rupert, BC and cross into the coastal waters of Southeast Alaska.

Day 2 – 12:
By day 2, we clear US Customs in Ketchikan, AK, allowing guests a bit of time to explore this charismatic coastal town before our search for marine and coastal wildlife begins. Throughout the remainder of the trip, guests will have ample time for wildlife viewing. Bluewater Adventures has grandfathered access to two renowned grizzly and black bear viewing destinations known as Anan Creek and Pack Creek, which will offer guests two full days dedicated to bear viewing. We will spend time in the reaches of Chatam Strait and Frederick Sound which offers some of the best whale watching on the coast due to the wealth of feed congested in this area. We will take our time to
"Chino" at Pack Creek Photo: Jenny Varley
 
 
explore neighbouring areas such as Coronation Island, an especially popular area for thousands of nesting seabirds, and Tracy Arm for an up-close viewing experience of ancient glaciers. We will always be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises, killer whales, sea otters and other coastal wildlife this part of the world has to offer. In addition to the abundance of wildlife in this region, the backdrop of surrounding coastal landscape consists of breathtaking mountain ranges that reach up to 16,000ft above sea level. Weather can affect the exact itinerary, however traveling during the mid-summer on the Pacific Northwest offers us the best chances to explore this spectacular region. 

Day 13:
The trip will conclude in Petersburg, AK. Guests will have some time to wander through town depending on departure flights.
 

Super Southeast Alaska Expedition

Start: Prince Rupert, BC
Finish: Petersburg, AK
Vessel: SV Island Roamer

13 days - CAD $ 8595 per person
(add $100 sustainability fee)

Download pdf of full Sample Itinerary
Contact us for inquiries or to book!
 
  massive glaciers and tiny zodiac
    Photo: G MacHutchon


Trip #2: "Epic" Southeast Alaska – August 8-16, 2019

breaching humpback whale   Sample Itinerary:
Day 1:
On day 1, we will embark from Petersburg, AK in the early afternoon and focus the start of our trip on enjoying the whales of Frederick Sound.

Day 2-8:
Starting from Petersburg, AK we start with enjoying the whales of Frederick Sound and the glaciers of Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm. Heading south we do a jet boat excursion into LeConte Glacier and then stop at renowned Anan Creek for some of the best bear viewing in the World before finishing the trip in Prince Rupert, BC.

Day 9: Trip Finish
The trip concludes with our arrival in Prince Rupert, BC.
     

Epic Southeast Alaska Expedition

Start: Petersburg, AK
Finish: Prince Rupert, BC
Vessel: SV Island Roamer

  9 days - CAD $5980 per person
(add $100 sustainability fee)

Download pdf of full Sample Itinerary
Contact us for inquiries or to book
  Massive glacier and 2 tiny zodiacs
    Photo: J Lock