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Search for the rare Spirit Bear on this small ship cruise along the northern coast of British Columbia


Cruise the northern coast of BC and search of black bears, grizzly bears and the elusive Spirit Bear on this small group cruises through the Inside Passage. Whether it's watching tiny white cubs as they gorge themselves on ripening wild crab-apples, their large black mum watching from below; or watching the white and black bears fish in the creek below the viewing platform; or witnessing mighty whales as they seemed to fly out of the water and thunder back into the sea, wildlife viewing opportunities abound along this part of Canada's West Coast.

Late summer and fall in the Great Bear Rainforest brings the wild Pacific salmon back to the streams and rivers of their birth to spawn and complete their life cycle. The returning salmon are like a dinner bell for bears, wolves, wolverines, and many species of birds. Even the giant trees in this temperate rainforest, benefit from the salmon.

Humpback whales are busy fattening on krill and herring for their long migration back to Hawaii , providing us with spectacular displays of feeding behaviors such as lunge and bubblenet feeding. Resident Orca are also seen in these waters as they follow the migrating salmon and Transient Orca in search of marine mammals. As we travel we often see porpoises and dolphins as they come to ride on our ship's bow wave.

Whether we're watching Grizzly mothers teaching their cubs to fish... or seeing Black Bears as they pluck jumping salmon from a waterfall... or perhaps see the rare Spirit Bear or Wolf in search of a salmon dinner.. or witness the power of Humpback whales as they fly out of the sea in a full breach...wildlife viewing and whale watching opportunities abound along this part of Canada's west coast.

The spectacular landscapes, the unique wildlife and the powerful cultures of coastal aboriginal people, are the focus of our cruise trips here.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
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TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

late August to early October

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 the small group sizes and the spacious layout of our ship guests enjoy unparalleled privacy, comfort and personalized service as they experience British Columbia's most remote and spectacular settings-our guests are never just part of a crowd.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end in Bella Bella, British Columbia.  Bella Bella is accessible by air from Vancouver.

WEATHER

Weather along the north coast of BC can be unpredicable and range from hot and sunny to wet, 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, 3 kayaks on board for quiet exploration while at anchor, hip waders are available. All bedding, linens, towels, and natural personal care products provided.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, warm jacket, long pants, shorts, t-shirts, 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.

Aug 16, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019
$6200.00 / per person - CAD

Aug 25, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019
$6200.00 / per person - CAD

Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019
$6200.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $1500.00 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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