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Cruise along the north coast of British Columbia to view grizzly bears and other wildlife


Explore the Inside Passage and the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest on these small group cruises in northern British Columbia. June is spring in the Great Bear Rainforest and the best time of year to view grizzly and black bears. In the spring, you can sit on the riverbank with your guide and watch the bears as they feast on the protein rich sedge grasses amidst meadows carpeted in wildflowers. As you slowly float back down the river, past riverbanks lined with wild lupines, you may even witness the tenderness of a mother Grizzly with her new cubs.

As you explore the magnificent inlets off the Inside Passage in June, you will be traveling through the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Powerful landscapes, spectacular wildlife viewing, whale watching, and the unique cultures of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais and Gitga'at Aboriginal Peoples, will be the focus of these cruises in June.

The mountain peaks of the coastal range are still blanketed in snow. Waterfalls fed by spring's melt, seem to fall from the sky over thousands of feet of polished granite and into the sea or into streams on the estuaries. The new lush, protein rich sedge grasses of the estuaries draw the bears here, just out of hibernation. The estuaries are carpeted in wildflowers and teeming with life. Many species of birds, some of which come here only at this time of year, to nest and raise their young.

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TRIP DETAILS
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MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
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TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

June

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
6
GUIDE INFORMATION

Led by our professional, fully qualified bear guide(s), guests will travel in our 16-foot hard bottomed zodiac, up rivers and along shorelines looking for Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Wolves and perhaps even the elusive Spirit Bear.

Your lead guide has been exploring and working on the coasts of B.C., Alaska, the Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez for over 25 years. He is also a professional firefighter, brings confidence to even the most timid or reticent of guests.   One of the founding members of the Bear Viewing Association of B.C., he is also the on board bear/wildlife guide and naturalist, sharing his vast knowledge of the natural and cultural histories of the coast. He has a great sense of humour and passion for the coast and its wildlife.  Strict guidelines are followed for wildlife viewing as well as following protocols for visiting traditional First Nations land, honouring their culture and traditions.

RESTRICTIONS

Baggage weight restriction at 40 pounds per person (seaplane transfer).  Additional weight subject to surcharge.  All details provided upon request and at time of booking.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Water proof jacket and pants (not breathable, i.e. Gore-Tex), knee high (non-marking) rubber boots. Complete personal equipment list will be provided upon request. 

Your guides specialize in small group sizes of 2 - 6 guests on our trips.  The small groups make the least impact possible on the lands we visit and the wildlife we view, something that is extremely important to us.  With the small group sizes your guide(s) can provide unparalleled wildlife viewing and opportunities for photography while ensuring the safety of the group.  With small group sizes and the spacious layout of the ship guests enjoy unparalleled privacy, comfort and personalized service as they experience British Columbia's most remote and spectacular settings-the guests are never just part of a crowd.

TRANSPORTATION

The 7 and 8 day tours begin and end in Prince Rupert, BC. The 9 day tour begins in Bella Bella and ends in Prince Rupert, BC. All towns are accessible by air from Vancouver. 

WEATHER

The north coast of BC can experience a variety of weather ranging from hot a sunny to rainy, foggy and cool. Prepare for all types of weather.

REGION
Northern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

The ship is Transport Canada certified as a passenger vessel, carrying all the latest navigation and safety equipment.  This 54 foot Hatteras Long Range Cruiser is capable of crossing oceans. Also, 16 foot Zodiac for shore excursions, kayaks on board for quiet exploration while at anchor, hip waders are available. Generator on board to charge camera batteries.  All bedding, linens, towels, and natural personal care products provided.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, warm jacket, long pants, bathing suit, hat, gloves. Complete clothing list will be provided upon request.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Backpack/daypack, water bottle, camera(s), binoculars, tripod, sunscreen, sunglasses.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests enjoy private accommodation in private staterooms. For those single travellers not wishing to share a room, there is a single berth in the pilothouse, which closes off from the rest of the ship at night. There are two full bathrooms on board, each with their own shower and equipped with electric flushing toilets. Each of the staterooms on board is well appointed with beautifully made beds, complete with duvets, pillows and linens. Large, fluffy towels, facecloths, special reading materials and chocolates also await our guests. Fresh hand towels are put out each day and complimentary natural personal care products are provided in each of the on board bathrooms. 

On board our 54-foot ship guests can lounge in the spacious comfort of our salon and galley area, as spectacular scenery passes by. The large windows of the salon and galley area allow uninterrupted views to the outside. Across from the galley area is a buffet including a selection of teas, coffee, hot chocolate, a large bowl of fruit, granola bars and home made baked treats to entice you - help yourself whenever you like. Outside on the foredeck there is a long, cushioned settee for sitting, relaxing and taking in the scenery, and still, plenty of room for photographers to set up their tripods. 

 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included while on board.  A wide array of cuisine is offered, made with the freshest ingredients available, flown to the ship each week.  With wines chosen to compliment the dishes served, and herb garden on board, guests are sure to feel pampered.  B.C. VQA wines served with dinner.

Guests will love dining in our "revolving restaurant" - sitting at the dining table in our pilothouse - as the boat turns in the tide at anchor, or as we travel during the day. (There are almost 360- degree views from the dining table.) As you travel, guests are welcome to join the Captain in the pilothouse for briefings on points of interest, wildlife sightings, navigation instruction, or even take a turn at the wheel.

8 day tour, available May - June
$5200.00 / per person - CAD
May 7-14, May 16-23, May 25-June 1, 2018.
Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
$6300.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $1000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
If written notice of cancellation is received by the Company more than 90 days before the Departure Date: full refund less $200 administration fee. If the written notice of cancellation is received less than 90 days before the Departure Date: no refund, but the client may transfer the trip to a suitable replacement client if the replacement client is accepted by the Company, the decision whether or not to accept the replacement client being at the sole discretion of the Company.
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