Join our ship, the Great Bear II, and her Crew as we explore some of the most remote, picturesque and unspoiled locations on the coast of British Columbia (and planet Earth)! Choose from our scheduled departures or have us help design a Custom Trip that's just right for you.
In May 2017 we will begin our season's scheduled departures with an exploration of the geographically unique Broughton Archipelago in B.C.'s southern Great Bear Rainforest. These islands and islets are well known for their magnificent landscapes, marine life, bears and world class cruising. Contact us for more information.
In early May we will begin our season in the more northerly and remote reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest with our trips to Inlets of The Grizzly - the Great Bear Rainforest in Spring. This year we are offering both 8 and 9 day trips.
You will have opportunities to witness one of North America's most misunderstood carnivores, the Grizzly Bear, as they come to feast on the protein rich sedge grass, early salmon berries and roots from plants such as the skunk cabbage. If would like to witness the tenderness of these great bears with their cubs, this is the trip for you!
The many species of birds that also come to these river estuaries at this time of year, to nest and raise their young are sure to impress you and warm your heart.
There is nothing like the sight of baby Mergansers or Golden Eyes riding on the back of their mother or the amazing colours of Harlequin Ducks or trying to capture the elusive Marbled Murrelet with your camera! Along the passageways that we will travel it will also be possible to enjoy the mesmerizing behaviors of Humpback whales as they seem to fly out of the sea in a full breach or as they lunge or bubblenet feed. Both transient and resident Orca are often seen as they travel or hunt. As we travel it is common to have porpoises and dolphins ride on the ship's wake!
While the wildlife viewing and whale watching is what attracts most people, the landscapes through which we will travel, are amongst the most spectacular in the world! Polished granite walls, laced with waterfalls, rise out of the passages along which we will travel and out of the estuaries in front of us while we will be at anchor.
The ethereal beauty of these soul stirring landscapes is something you will never forget.
Long summer days are spent in Haida Gwaii, (formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands), enjoying the awesome biodiversity of the islands and speaking with the Haida Watchmen about their amazing culture. Walk through ancient Haida villages, some with poles still standing and others with longhouse remains. See the carpets of intertidal life as we float through Burnaby Narrows at low tide and perhaps a large Black Bear as they come to enjoy some seafood on the beach. The nutrient rich waters around these islands also attract Humpback whales and Orca as well as porpoises and dolphins.
This is Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, aptly named. (Gwaii Haanas meaning "Place of Wonder").
Late summer and fall in the Great Bear Rainforest brings the wild Pacific salmon back to the streams and rivers of their birth to spawn and complete their life cycle.
The returning salmon are like a dinner bell for bears, wolves, wolverines, and many species of birds. Even the giant trees in this temperate rainforest, benefit from the salmon.
Humpback whales are busy fattening on krill and herring for their long migration back to Hawaii , providing us with spectacular displays of feeding behaviors such as lunge and bubblenet feeding.
Resident Orca are also seen in these waters as they follow the migrating salmon and Transient Orca in search of marine mammals. As we travel we often see porpoises and dolphins as they come to ride on our ship's bow wave.
Whether we're watching Grizzly mothers teaching their cubs to fish... or seeing Black Bears as they pluck jumping salmon from a waterfall... or perhaps see the rare Spirit Bear or Wolf in search of a salmon dinner.. or witness the power of Humpback whales as they fly out of the sea in a full breach...wildlife viewing and whale watching opportunities abound along this part of Canada's west coast.
In special circumstances on our Private (Custom) Charter, we may be able to accommodate 6 guests. Our small groups 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 guide(s) can provide unparalleled wildlife viewing and opportunities for photography, while still maintaining the safety of the group. With our small group sizes and the spacious layout of the ship, our guests enjoy privacy, comfort, and personalized service as they experience British Columbia's most remote and spectacular locations.
Our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature — they are never just part of a crowd.
Each and every year we offer a trip to a new area, or one that we have not visited for many years. For 2017, we will be returning to the majestic, rich waterways of Southeast Alaska!
Join us in late June or early July for one of our 11-day trips into this amazing wilderness. See for yourself all the beauty that makes Alaska known all over the world!
Please contact us for details on this exciting trip!
Whether you join us for one of our scheduled departures... or design your own Custom (Private) Charter... or join us for a few hours or days closer to our home port of Vancouver... we look forward to welcoming you aboard for the trip of a lifetime.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~Rachel Carson
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.
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