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Photographing Grizzly Bear families feeding on sedges
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Walking along rugged beaches in Chatham Sound
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Hearing the bellowing of Steller's Sea Lions
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Learning about the Tshimshian First Nations
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Spotting Bald Eagles

Grizzly Bears & Primeval Forest: BC's North Coast

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7 days | Canada | Expedition Cruise

Departures from May through June, 2021. Please contact us for details.

British Columbia’s mountainous North Coast holds some of the finest stands of coastal temperate rainforest in the world alongside some of its most pristine waters. This is beautiful land of dense Sitka Spruce, winding fiords, and high rugged mountains. Glaciers tower high overhead and untouched beaches entice us to explore. We’ll go aboard the S/V Island Roamer and set forth to explore these dramatic landscapes in search of their unique denizens.

We’ll first visit the area of the Khutzeymateen Inlet at the core of the North Coast. Khutzeymateen is an indigenous Tsimshian word meaning “a confined space for salmon and bears”, a suitable description. An estimated fifty Grizzly Bears live fully protected in this, Canada’s only Grizzly Bear sanctuary. We expect some wonderful viewing as bear families feed on fresh green vegetation in lush coastal meadows. Our visit coincides with the bear breeding season, when we could also have the rare chance of spotting a hulking male Grizzly Bear searching for mates. We’ll also explore the outer islands where we’ll watch Steller’s Sea Lions on the hunt and at play. While ashore, we’ll walk on wilderness beaches and take gentle hikes to see bog flowers. We’ll also enjoy incredible sea kayaking opportunities among rock-studded anchorages.

The forest is also home to a significant population of Gray Wolves and though very hard to see, we will be always on the lookout. We’ll also watch for some of the region’s abundant and varied bird life including Bald Eagle, Pigeon Guillemot, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, American Dipper and Rhinoceros Auklet. In terms of marine mammals, we may see Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoise and Orcas throughout, with the Humpbacks particularly entertaining if they breach and engage in their cooperative “bubble-net feeding” behaviour. Along the shorelines we should observe many surprisingly dazzling sea stars and other invertebrates!

Join this wonderful expedition for a memorable experience in some of the greatest tracts of remaining wilderness!
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Tour Cost (per person):
From C$3200 (5 days) to $4800 (7 days)
Group Size:
12 - 14 travellers

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy aboard the S. V. Island Roamer, all meals, as listed in the itinerary, all activities while on board the ship and ashore, airport transfers if travelling with the group, park entrance fees, services of crew and local naturalist, shuttle fees between the Bella Bella airport and the Bella Bella Municipal Dock. A $100 sustainability fee and 5% GST are additional.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Embark at Prince Rupert, BCDays 2-3: Explore Islands of Chatham SoundDays 4-5: Khutzeymateen and the Inner WatersDay 6: To the Outer IslandsDay 7: Towards Prince Rupert / Disembark
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Ship Information

We are on board the Canadian registered S/V Island Roamer. These sister ships are custom 68-foot ketches were launched in the early 1980s. The boats’ design, safety and comfort make them particularly well-suited for this trip. They each accommodate 14 passengers in 7 private cabins and have 3 heads with hot showers, a large comfortable inside lounge with an extensive natural history library, a well-equipped galley and a large covered seating area on deck with protection in all types of weather.

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Expedition Cruise Private Journeys Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
From C$3200 (5 days) to $4800 (7 days)
Group Size:
12 - 14 travellers

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy aboard the S. V. Island Roamer, all meals, as listed in the itinerary, all activities while on board the ship and ashore, airport transfers if travelling with the group, park entrance fees, services of crew and local naturalist, shuttle fees between the Bella Bella airport and the Bella Bella Municipal Dock. A $100 sustainability fee and 5% GST are additional.

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