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About Us

Why GUESTS CHOOSE "Ocean Adventures" and
our ship, "Great Bear II" for all of their coastal adventures.

SMALLER GROUP SIZES

Ocean Adventures offers
an unparalleled
Crew-to-Guest Ratio

(based on an annual average of 4.23 guests per trip with a crew of 3)

Our small group sizes of 2 to 5 guests, provide our guests with the best wildlife viewing and safety, while making the least impact possible, on the lands we visit, the wildlife we view, and the First Nations cultures that inspire us, something that is extremely important to us. Our small group sizes ensure our guests the most intimate experience and our photographers, the best opportunities.

Our guests are never just part of a crowd.

OUR SHIP GREAT BEAR II

Our 54- foot ship, Great Bear II offers unparalleled comfort and privacy as our guests experience British Columbia's most remote and spectacular locations. The ship's spacious layout and warmth of her wood interior can only be outdone by the magnificent views from her salon, dining table, and pilothouse. No huddling down below on rainy days... our guests can enjoy the awe-inspiring views from anywhere on the ship, no matter what the weather is doing. Great Bear II's spacious foredeck with cushioned seating, has room to relax and enjoy the scenery with still plenty of deck space for photographers to set up their tripods.

Our guests enjoy accommodation in private staterooms, (based on double occupancy) and single guests not wishing to share a room, may book single accommodation in the pilothouse, (which closes off from the rest of the ship at night). Each of the staterooms on board is well appointed with beautifully made beds, complete with duvets, pillows and linens. Large bath towels, facecloths, special reading materials and chocolates also await our guests.

Fresh hand towels are put out each day and complimentary natural personal care products by AVEDA, and hair dryers, are provided in each of the on board bathrooms. A newly installed water maker means guests can shower whenever they like.

The private staterooms and many amenities are often said by our guests to "have exceeded their expectations." With our small group sizes of 2 to 5 guests, the spacious layout of our ship, and our many amenities and services, our guest are sure to feel pampered... never just part of a crowd.

For more detailed information on our ship, Great Bear II,
click here or contact us at info@oceanadventures.bc.ca.


SAFETY ENSURED ON BOARD AND OFF

Our 54 foot ship, Great Bear II is fully certified as a passenger vessel by Transport Canada. Each year the ship undergoes rigorous safety inspections by inspectors from Transport Canada, by specialists in on board systems, and by our owner and Captain, Eric Boyum.

Ocean Adventures owner and Captain Eric Boyum is certified by Transport Canada and has over 35 years experience working and exploring the waters of B.C.'s coast. As a professional firefighter for 28 years, Eric was also trained in commanding emergency scenes, advanced first aid and CPR, and many kinds of technical rescues. This training along with his certification in Wilderness First Aid and his expertise in bear guiding, give our guests confidence when traveling with us.

Captain Jordan Campbell has been working on the west coast of British Columbia and abroad for the past 16 years. Starting out as a deckhand, aboard the sailing tallship "Pacific Grace", he slowly climbed his way through the hawsehole and is now thrilled to be serving aboard the click Great Bear II as captain. In his time off from the a href="ship.html">Great Bear II, Jordan serves as a captain on a large expedition dive boat, where he takes guests on scuba diving adventures in the Revillagigedo islands off the coast of Mexico. He is also an avid photographic artist and graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in photographic studies. Jordan looks forward to sharing his love and excitement for the coast those that travel with him.

Captain Neil Shearer, also certified by Transport Canada is a very experienced skipper with over 25 years experience! Neil's knowledge of the B.C. coast and his infectious enthusiasm for our wild places and wildlife are inspiring to both guests and crew! With his Wilderness First Aid and CBVA bear guide certification, Neil makes our guests feel safe and well cared for.

Captain Xander Oldaker, also certified by Transport Canada has more than 25 years as skipper as well as leading wilderness trips from the west coast of BC to the West Indies, and the fiords of Greenland and Norway. As all of our Captains do, he has his Wilderness First Aid Certification and is a CBVA bear guide certification. Our guests that have traveled with Xander have felt well taken care and safe.

To further ensure your safety, at least one other member of our crew is certified in Marine Emergency Duties. All chefs are certified in Food Safety and are diligent in the cleanliness of the galley and the safe handling and storage of foods on board.

At the very beginning of each trip, our Captain and Crew give our guests a thorough briefing on ship safety and emergency procedures.

Fully qualified, professional bear guide(s) lead all excursions off the ship on bear viewing departures, and, on trips where bears may be encountered. Our guide(s) brief guests before their first on-shore excursion, on bear behaviour and our best practices when viewing all wildlife. To further ensure your safety on shore, we limit our group sizes to 2-5 guests. This enables our guides to provide the highest level of safety to our guests while ensuring the least impact on the wildlife we view, something that is extremely important to us. We also believe that having our owner leading our trips, ensures that his high standards of wildlife viewing and safety are always met.


A MORE INTIMATE EXPERIENCE

We welcome you aboard, to share with you, what we believe are global treasures. We want to spend less time traveling long distances each day, and have more time for you to really get to know the places, the wildlife and the people along the way. When our paths cross with nature's best: Grizzly bears feeding on sedges or salmon... Spirit Bears feasting on berries or fish... Humpback Whales breaching or bubble netting... the towering trees of the Great Bear Rainforest... a Peregrine falcon in flight... a meadow carpeted in wildflowers... OR we are invited to a First Nations feast, we have time to stop, for as long as we like, and savour these life changing moments.

ECO CHARTER AND CONSERVATION LEADERS

Working side by side with First Nations
Ocean Adventures were among the first to sign working Protocol Agreements with the First Nations People whose traditional lands we visit. As our guests meet these coastal First Nations People, they are meeting our friends and our teachers.

Supporting Local Villages, Communities & Businesses
To support local villages and communities along the coast, we hire people there to work with us, we are sometimes led by First Nations guides to limited access areas, we buy fresh food locally, buy fuel when we need it, introduce our guests to new cultures, donate recycled cans and bottles for local fund raising, introduce our guests to local artists, and introduce our guests to environmental organizations that are active in the areas we visit. On route to meet us, we encourage our guests to enjoy some extra time visiting local museums, cultural centres, take part in local events, stay in local accommodation, buy local art, and enjoy local foods and beverages.

Actively Involved in Conservation and Environmental Projects

In 2010 and 2011, Ocean Adventures Charter Co. Ltd., donated trips into the Great Bear Rainforest for fund raisers for various environmental organizations.

  • In 2010 we donate a trip to Sierra Club of B.C. and Pacific Wild to take an extraordinary photographic exhibition by the International League of Conservations photographers, on the road.

  • In 2011 we donated a trip to Valhalla Wilderness Society for their science based conservation throughout British Columbia.

  • In 2012 we offered a 7 day / 6 night trip that followed (in part), the route of the proposed oil super tankers that would travel from the end of the proposed and hotly contested Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline that would bring bitumen to the Port of Kitimat in the heart of B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest.

    Donations were made to environmental organizations that referred guests to us for this trip.

  • In 2013 we were offering a trip along some of the waterways that would be immediately impacted if the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project was to go ahead.

  • In 2014 we donated an 'Inlets of the Grizzly' trip to help raise money to stop the trophy hunting of bears in BC.

  • In 2015, we donated an 8 day tour for two people to the Great Bear Rainforest, to raise money to help Pacfic Wild with their campaign to end the culling of BC wolves in south eastern BC.

  • In 2015, we also donated a 6 day tour of the Great Bear Rainforest, to Raincoast Conservation Society, to aid in fundraising to stop the trophy hunt on the coast.
All of us at Ocean Adventures are actively involved in wilderness and wildlife conservation and environmental projects.

We support long time friend and teacher Wayne McCrory of Valhalla Wilderness Society (www.vws.org) as he continues working tirelessly for more protected areas on our coast and throughout our province. Wayne's passion for BC's wildlife is evident in everything he does and to all of us who consider him our mentor.

Ocean Adventures and our clients will be supplying photos for whale ID and research to Cetacea Lab as they work to protect the whales from the threat of oil super tankers on the north coast. Visit Cetacea Labs website (www.whaleresearch.ca).

These are just two of the environmental organizations that we support. For a complete list of who we support, see our Links page.

All of us at Ocean Adventures are actively involved in wilderness and wildlife conservation and environmental projects. We also work with Ian and Karen McAllister of Pacific Wild as they work to stop trophy hunting and oil super tankers on our coast. Visit their amazing website (www.pacificwild.org). Ocean Adventures and our clients will be supplying photos for whale ID and research to Cetacea Lab as they work to protect the whales from the threat of oil super tankers on the north coast. Visit Cetacea Labs website (www.whaleresearch.ca). We support long time friend and teacher Wayne McCrory of Valhalla Wilderness Society (www.vws.org) as he keeps working tirelessly for more protected areas on our coast and throughout our province. Wayne's passion for BC's wildlife is evident in everything he does and to all of us who consider him our mentor.

See our links page the environmental organizations that we support. For more information on projects that we are involved with, please feel free to contact us.

Tenure and Park Permits
Ocean Adventures was among the first to hold land tenures with the B.C. government for charter and wildlife viewing operations on the central and north coasts. As these areas changed to Conservancies under B.C. Parks jurisdiction, we worked together with the government to transition these areas into B.C. Park Use Permits.

We are also licenced by Parks Canada to operate in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

A Founding Member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C.
Ocean Adventures is a founding member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C., an organization that was formed, to set standards for safe and ethical bear viewing by commercial operators.


LESSENING OUR FOOTPRINT

Reducing Water and Energy Consumption
On board our ship, Great Bear II, in the office, and at home, we are reducing, wherever possible, water, power, and fuel consumption. Our trips are designed to travel less distance each day and at slower speeds — allowing our guests more time on shore each day and allowing us to cut down on fuel consumption. At home in North Vancouver, we travel fewer miles each week in our vehicles, and at slower speeds, which helps reduce stress and fuel consumption. On board the ship and off, we are reducing water consumption, even though we are a part of an often wet ecosystem. We are happy to say that our vessel the Great Bear II is now equipped with a desalinator which allows us to make pure fresh drinking water from the ocean. On board the ship our electric flush toilets use minimal water, with all waste from the toilets being stored in holding tanks until they can be pumped.

As much as possible, we use local, home grown, in season, fruits and vegetables. During our trips in Haida Gwaii, for example, our chef buys local organic produce, grown on the islands. Only B.C. VQA wines are served on board and at home. Buying locally and buying British Columbia products not only supports our local economies, it also cuts down on energy for transportation. Our cleaning supplies come to us in concentrated form — requiring less space and energy for transportation.

Re-use and Re-cycle
On board our ship, at home, and in our office, we re-use and re-cycle, and as often as possible, buy products using less packaging. When traveling the coast on board the ship, we often donate some of our re-cycled cans and cartons to local fundraising. Ocean Adventures has stopped our printed version of our newsletter, (called "Reflections"), and have gone electronic with our "What's NEW" on our website. Paper used in our office is 100% re-cycled as are the paper products used on board the ship. In 2008 we started using fabric napkins at dinner, lessening our use of paper napkins by over 500 pieces.

More Natural and Organic Foods and Products
As often as possible, on board the ship and at home, we shop for natural and organic foods and products. Our chef uses only organic fertilizer for her on board herb garden. When our chef shops for beef, pork, and chicken, she buys naturally fed meats and poultry. All seafood served on board is wild and locally caught. Our Chef uses whole grains, natural sweeteners and organic/natural products as much as possible. On board the ship and at home, we use natural cleaning products from Shaklee. As well as being healthier for everyone using them, they are also completely environmentally friendly.

Smaller Group Sizes (2 — 5 guests)
With each of our trips having very small groups of 2 — 5 guests, we make the least impact possible on the lands we visit and the wildlife we view... something that is extremely important to us. With our small group sizes, our fully certified guide(s) are better able to provide our guests with unparalleled wildlife viewing, while still ensuring the safety of the group. Our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences and our photographers, the best opportunities — they are never just part of a crowd.

Lessening our Footprint is a work in progress... as we look for more ways to tread more softly on the earth.





for contemplation...

"The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit." ~J. W. Krutch

and a comment from one of our guests...

"Your love of these lands and these people is palpable and moving."

  
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