NEW & Special Trips 2013
Whales, Bears and Glaciers in Southeast Alaska"some of the best bear viewing in the World..." ~ Dr. Stephen Herrero
Join Dr. Stephen Hererro and Linda Wiggins on the Island Odyssey 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. This region is home to an incredible population of sea birds and we may even be lucky enough to encounter coastal wolves.
Steve Herrero is best known as the world’s leading expert on the causes and avoidance of bear attacks. Steve has been studying bears and human-bear interactions since 1967. His research-based popular book on this topic is the standard reference. It has sold over 125,000 copies. Working with colleagues he has applied the understanding of bear behaviour developed in his book toward making four not-for-profit videos on safety around bears. The flagship video “Staying Safe in Bear Country” has been viewed millions of times. Steve’s interests in nature, conservation, and people reach widely beyond keeping people and bears safe when interacting.
Linda Wiggins, Steve’s wife, is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher, naturalist, explorer, and humanist. She first ventured to Southeast Alaska in 1983, returning on multiple occasions to expand her familiarity with the delights of this region by motor, on foot, by kayak, and by canoe. Linda’s natural history interests are broad ranging. In addition to extensive experience around bears, she brings strong interest in sharing passion with others for nature’s marvels both grand and minute.
CAD$5265 (no tax) - BOOK NOW
Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands
May 20-28, 2013
May 29 – June 6, 2013
Calgary educator, conservationist and world-wide travel guide, Brian Keating joins us once again in Haida Gwaii for 9 days of natural and cultural exlporation through Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage site.As we yoyage this remote archipelago we keep watch for humpback whales and other marine mammals. Rich intertidal zones awash with colour and life keep us busy for hours. We look forward to visits with welcoming Haida Watchmen who greet us at each of the ancient village sites that dot their way down the coast. A trip of a lifetime!
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$4885 + 5%GST - Sold Out
Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands
July 21-28, 2013 (8 days) - FULL!
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$4495 + 5%GST - Sold Out
North Coast/ Khutzeymateen Inlet - NEW!
June 16 - 22, 2013 (7 days)
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.
CAD$3950 + 5%GST - Sold Out
NEW! in Southeast Alaska
11 day Southeast Alaska "Super Trip"- Island Odyssey
July 18-28, 2013 (11 days)
Guests have been requesting longer trip options, so Bluewater is bringing back to In Alaska, we are 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. CAD$6095 - Sold Out
The Glacier Bay Explorer - MV Snow Goose
June 12-19, 2013 (8 days)
Bluewater Adventures can now the opportunity to explore the waters of Glacier Bay National Park. Since Glacier Bay has just recently emerged from the ice, it is considered a geologically young area. Old growth forests give way to bare rock as we make our way back into the upper reaches of the bay. Here, the tide water glaciers still rumble and roar as they make their slow retreat back, dropping huge ice bergs into the sea. Magnificent granite cliffs tower above our small ship as we wind our way up the fjord through the ice floes. Along the way, our expert naturalist and guide will point out the finer points of plant succession, glaciation and local geology. The biodiversity of this place is simply amazing, so keep your binoculars handy and your cameras at the ready!
8 DAY - USD$4370 - BOOK NOW
Humpback Whales of Southeast Alaska
August 15-24, 2013
British naturalist and author Mark Carwardine is leading this sought after voyage with plans to complete photography for his next book. Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, an active and outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published wildlife photographer, and a magazine columnist. He has co-presented two BBC TV series (Last Chance to See, with Stephen Fry, and The Museum of Life) as well as several one-hour shows for the BBC. We are thrilled to have Mark lead a Bluewater Adventures trip - top notch! Sold Out