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BC West Coast Cruises, Ocean Adventures,
Coastal Charters & Wilderness Tours

Aboard the 54 foot Great Bear II, sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Cruise to British Columbia's most remote and spectacular West Coast locations while enjoying the luxury accommodations and gourmet cuisine aboard our 54-foot motor yacht, Great Bear II

Based out of Vancouver, BC, we offer coastal cruises, ocean adventures, custom charters and wilderness tours by boat along Canada's incredible Pacific Coast.

Enjoy unparalleled wildlife viewing and whale watching, experience BC's First Nations culture, walk beneath canopies of cedar, spruce and hemlock, and along the velvety green estuaries of the Great Bear Rainforest.  Relaxing in the pristine natural hot springs on the polished granite shores of our anchorage, you may hear the blow of a Humpback whale as it surfaces, the distant howl of a wolf, or the serenade of songbirds above you.

Grizzly Mum with new spring cubs

If a little less wilderness and a bit slower pace is what you're looking forward to, our Captain and crew know just the spots to take you to.  Beachcomb white sandy beaches edged in turquoise water, enjoy a picnic lunch, and later on watch the sun set while you enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers.

 

With our small group sizes of 2 to 6 guests, our fully certified guide(s) are better able to provide our guests with unparalleled wildlife viewing, while still ensuring the safety of each group. Our small group sizes mean we make the least possible impact on the land we visit and the wildlife we view, something that is extremely important to us. As a part of our small groups, our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature and our photographers the best opportunities - our guests are never just part of a crowd.

Join us for Scheduled Departures or design a Custom Charters Trip for your group few hours in Vancouver, or longer, anywhere on Canada's West Coast.

Scheduled departures for 2014 for you to join, or to book private (custom) charters on, include departures on British Columbia's central and north coasts, and during the off season on the south coast.

Spring Grizzly cubs in the Great Bear Rainforest Join us in late May for our 6-day trips or early June for our 9-day trip to Inlets of the Grizzly, the Great Bear Rainforest in Spring, off B.C.'s Inside Passage.

Bears just out of hibernation, some with cubs in tow, come to the lush river estuaries at the heads of these inlets to feast primarily on the protein rich sedge grasses, the roots of plants such as skunk cabbage, and the earlier Salmon berries. These powerful landscapes of immeasurable beauty are in part, the focus of these trips, and also provide the backdrops for some of the best wildlife viewing, bird watching and photography in Canada!

At the peak of wildflowers, amidst some of the most soul stirring landscapes on earth, come with us into the Great Bear Rainforest for two trips, one in late June and the other in early July.

This is late spring on our north coast and the rugged mountain peaks of the coastal range are stilled draped in snow. The long, narrow inlets off the Inside Passage are defined by the polished granite walls that rise thousands of feet out of the sea, walls of granite that are laced with waterfalls that seem to fall from the sky. The velvety green river estuaries are carpeted in wildflowers and teeming with new life.

Among the passageways that we will travel is an area known to be a critical feeding habitat for Humpback whales. At this time of year we may also see both Resident Orca as they following the migrating Spring salmon and the Transient Orca that here in search of young marine mammals. We may also see dolphins, porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, as well as seals.

Along the towering granite walls of the Gardner Canal on our way into the Kitlope, we hope to see Mountain Goats, some with their young, as they feed on spring's new shoots lower on the mountain side. The inlets here will provide us with endless possibilities for wildlife viewing and bird watching... all amidst these powerful landscapes of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Spirit Bear coming to eat mussels

Travel with us through the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest for our guided Grizzly Bear viewing with departures in late May and June, and again in late September and early October.

Join us in the Great Bear Rainforest from late August through early October for Islands of the Spirit Bear, Waters of the Humpbacks and Islands of the Spirit Bear, the Inside Passage.

To design your own private photography tour, please contact us.

All of our trips are designed to coincide with nature's great events and the most reliable weather during which to enjoy them.

Based on ideas given to us by our returning guests, and areas that we believe will offer new and exciting experiences, we are always designing new trips. This is exactly how some of our current trips evolved, including our late August 10-day Sea Otters, Wolves, and Bears trip through the Great Bear Rainforest. For more information on this trip or to discuss your suggestions for new trips, please contact us.

More new trips are in the works for 2015. Contact us for details.

Join us for a wilderness adventure cruise and immerse yourself in the powerful Haida culture and awe inspiring biodiversity in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve on our Haida Gwaii, (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) trip.

Experience B.C.'s best whale watching on all of our trips. If you want a trip that is focused on whale watching we would be happy to help you design a 4 - 7 day trip on B.C.'s north coast. On these trips our guests also enjoy extraordinary opportunities for wildlife viewing, bird watching and intertidal exploration, walk remote white sandy beaches and witness our west coast's spectacular sunsets! See our Whale Watching page for ideas.

The Vancouver area and B.C.'s south coast is home to some of the world's most popular cruising destinations for coastal cruises: the Gulf Islands, Princess Louise Inlet, Desolation Sound, Indian Arm, and Vancouver's own harbour and waterfront.

Whether you'd prefer to explore a part of British Columbia's West Coast at a leisurely pace or fill your holiday with adventure; whether you'd like to design your own custom charters trip or join a scheduled departure, whether you'd like to join us for a few hours, a few days or a week, we'd love to welcome you aboard the Great Bear II!  With our Transport Canada certified ship, Captain and crew, we ensure that your time with us is both comfortable and safe.

...where you're never just part of a crowd.


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First class BC wilderness cruises, coastal tours and charters on the West Coast of British Columbia aboard the 54 ft. Great Bear II, out of Vancouver, BC.
· Haida Gwaii · Queen Charlotte Islands · Great Bear Rainforest · Gulf Islands · Princess Louisa Inlet ·
· Desolation Sound · Howe Sound · Indian Arm · Whale Watching · Bear Viewing · Wilderness Adventures ·

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