Travel into this remote wilderness, searching for wildlife and meeting native guides. This coastal British Columbia nature cruise will take you to remote areas of the Inside Passage as you seek grizzly & black bears, and hopefully spot an elusive spirit bear! Learn why the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the last gems on the Pacific Coast.

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Why We Love It

Native culture – Local Gitga’at guides will share their culture as they show us their favourite bear viewing sites

Spirit Bears – The only habitat of the elusive Kermode – a black bear with a recessive gene for snow-white fur!

Humpback Whales – often seen breaching or ‘bubble-net feeding’ in Campania Sound and Whale Channel

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Great Bear Rainforest Adventure Cruise

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Day 1

Vancouver - Bella Bella

This morning depart Vancouver Airport (South Terminal) for your flight to Bella Bella. Upon arrival transfer to Shearwater Resort for your overnight stay. You will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2

Bella Bella - cruising the Great Bear Rainforest

Late morning transfer back to Bella Bella to board your yacht and meet the crew. Cabins are assigned, and everyone participates in an introductory & safety orientation. Set sail into the Great Bear Rainforest. Each night anchor in a different, secluded anchorage. (L) (D)

Day 3

Cruising the Fiordland Conservancy

For the next two days cruise deep into the coastal mountains to the Fiordland Conservancy, here you will see some spectacular rock faces and impressive waterfalls. Explore remote estuaries and expect to see bears attracted by the spawning salmon. We may visit the native village of Klemtu to see the longhouse that was recently built by the local community. (B) (L) (D)

Day 4

Cruising the Fiordland Conservancy

For the next two days cruise deep into the coastal mountains to the Fiordland Conservancy, here you will see some spectacular rock faces and impressive waterfalls. Explore remote estuaries and expect to see bears attracted by the spawning salmon. We may visit the native village of Klemtu to see the longhouse that was recently built by the local community. (B) (L) (D)

Day 5

Cruising the Great Bear Rainforest

Travel along the shore of Princess Royal Island – the best known area for seeing the rare Spirit or Kermode bear. These bears are black bears expressing a genetic variation that results in about ten percent of the population in this area being all white. Visit creeks and river estuaries and keep an eye out along the shore as we travel. Khutze Inlet has a beautiful river valley, an abundance of birdlife and we may see bears along the shore. Along the way spend 2 days with local Tsimshian Native guides who will take us to their favourite wildlife viewing areas where we will get one of our best chances to spot the elusive Spirit bear. In Whale Channel expect to see humpback whales and will take the time to observe these amazing, 15 metre-long creatures, whenever the opportunity
arises. There will be time to explore the protected waters using our stable sea-kayaks. During daily shore excursions, the onboard naturalist will help identify different coastal plants, animals, birds and marine life and interested participants can help keep a species list for the trip.

Day 6

Cruising the Great Bear Rainforest

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Cruising the Great Bear Rainforest

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Day 8

Cruising the Great Bear Rainforest

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Day 9

Bella Bella - Vancouver

Arrive in Bella Bella mid-morning where you will disembark in time to catch the Pacific Coastal flight back to Vancouver.
 
Please note - Itineraries are intentionally keep flexible to take advantage of wildlife sightings, weather, and the interests of the group.

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