Explore the north coast of BC in a 70' schooner and observe and photograph grizzly bears, black bears, and the iconic Spirit Bear with local First Nations guides on this cruise into the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest extends from northern Vancouver Island to the BC-Alaska border and represents one of the largest remaining intact coastal temperate forests in the world. This 9-day expedition is dedicated to observing, photographing, and learning about the abundant top predators of the Great Bear Rainforest, including grizzly bears, black bears, the iconic “Spirit” bear, and coastal wolves. You will visit bear viewing stands operated by local First Nations where you will have excellent opportunities to observe both Spirit bears and black bears fishing for salmon.
You will explore coastal estuaries and salmon spawning streams and rivers, on foot, in sea kayaks or inflatable skiff, and learn about how healthy populations of bears and wolves are critical for maintaining the “salmon forests” of the Great Bear Rainforest. Guests will also get a crash course in marine biology as you encounter the many whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions and sea otters that thrive in these coastal seas.
You visit the Great Bear Rainforest in the Fall (mid August through September) because this is when the salmon start entering the estuaries and rivers.
Highlights of this tour include exploring ancient rainforests as Pacific salmon return to the estuaries and rivers, offering a feast to bears, wolves, seals, sea lions, eagles, and ravens, stepping inside the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Big House in Klemtu and become immersed in an ancient culture and sailing through the Great Bear Sea alongside whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine mammals.