Sailing Tour

Observe grizzly bears and orcas in Knight Inlet - Sailing | CA-BLA701

Cruise the waters around Knight Inlet on these sailing tours around northern Vancouver Island


The Knight Inlet area at the northern end of Vancouver Island is regarded by whale researchers as the best place in the world to observe orcas or killer whales. This sailing tour allows you to observe and participate in some of the research of these amazing whales.


  • Grizzly bears
  • Orcas
  • Knight Inlet area
  • Mountain river
  • Vancouver Island' wildlife
  • History and traditions of the Kwakwaka'wakw people (Kwakiutl)

The killer whale is one of the most exciting marine animals to observe, you will watch orcas forage for salmon, spy hop and breach - leaping clear out of the water.  From whale researchers and the onboard naturalists, participants learn about the behavior of these fascinating creatures, listen on the ship's underwater microphone, and learn to identify individual animals.

The exciting 'Orca & Grizzly Bear' trip combines majestic killer whales with the rare opportunity to see the powerful, grizzly bear.  You voyage up scenic Knight Inlet to watch grizzly bears feed on spawning salmon in a mountain river.  From the safety of the raised viewing platforms, local bear guides will inform and educate you. These islands protect a wealth of wildlife and native cultural history.    

The northern end of Vancouver Island is a maze of islands and waterways, full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and the history and traditions of the Kwakwaka'wakw people (Kwakiutl). The Pacific Ocean funnels into the protected waters of Johnstone Strait creating strong tidal currents, and incredibly nutrient-rich waters. Millions of salmon, returning to spawn in the mainland rivers, must converge to pass through the Strait. This tour offers an excellent opportunity to observe grizzlies feeding on spawning salmon up Knight Inlet and orcas and humpback whales feeding in Johnstone Strait. 

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability Aug
Duration 7 days
Departs From Port McNeill, BC
Group maximum 16
Difficulty Easy / Moderate
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Region British Columbia


3 995
Per Adult
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Availability (2021):
Based on double occupancy.

5 day tours: $3995 CAD

  • October 15-19
  • October 20-24

7 day tours: $4995 CAD

  • August 01-07
  • August 04-10
  • August 11-17
  • August 18-24

What's Included

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  • The fully equipped vessel has safety equipment
  • Electronic navigation
  • Two inflatable rafts for onshore exploration
  • Double kayaks are available for use

Suggested Clothing

  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Long underwear
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Warm socks
  • T-shirts
  • Swimsuit
  • Sweater
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag or sheets (required)
  • Blankets (required)
  • Pillow case (required)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle

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Practical Information

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Guide information: The crews are experienced sailors and naturalists with extensive knowledge of the area. They will teach you about the diverse natural history of the area.

Comments: $100 Sustainability Fee applies to all tours.

Transportation: Trips originate and end in Port McNeill, British Columbia located on the northeast side of Vancouver Island.

Weather: Summer temperatures are pleasant and average between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

The boat is a custom 68-foot ketch, launched in 1983. The boat's design, safety and comfort make her perfect for these trips. She features 8 private cabins (double occupancy), 3 heads with hot showers, a large comfortable lounge with an extensive library, and a well-equipped galley. On deck, the large covered seating area provides protection in all types of weather. She is large enough for comfort, privacy and safety, and small enough to create a good rapport among passengers and crew.

A certified Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel, she has all of the safety equipment, electronic navigation aids, and features you would expect from a vessel of her standard. All of our cabins have adequate storage space for your bags, personal items and jackets. Coat hangers and life jackets are stowed in every cabin for your convenience. There is electricity in each room, so you can charge your camera batteries and enjoy a reading light in the evening.

Featuring 8 private cabins, 3 heads with showers, large salon and lounge areas, extensive reading libraries, galley, - These vessels are perfect for our adventures. Guests continually comment on how the vessel was more than suitable for their needs. To add to the comfort, gourmet food is served, complimentary wine each day and a wilderness setting all give a great ambiance to these special voyages

The meals aboard have been described has excellent, gourmet and abundant.  Fresh wholesome meals are served with a varied menu.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
  • A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 75 days before trip commencement.



You will receive a full refund, minus $100 administration fee (per person), for cancellation more than 75 days prior to departure. No penalty if you transfer to another trip. If you give notice of cancellation 75 days or less prior to departure, no refund is given.

We do strongly recommend travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance.

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