Inlets of the Grizzly — the Great Bear Rainforest in Spring
Choose from our 8 or 9 day cruises to Inlets of the Grizzly — the Great Bear Rainforest in Spring aboard our 54 foot ship Great Bear II
Watching Grizzly Bears and Spirit Bears in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. Whale watching, First Nations Aboriginal Culture with Ocean Adventures on B.C.'s west coast
Our 8 and 9 day trips in May and June 2017 will take you into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest into Heiltsuk and Kitasoo Xai'xais Traditional Territories on the central coast of British Columbia. Here we will experience amazing wildlife viewing and whale watching amidst some of the most soul stirring landscapes on earth.
Our ship Great Bear II is equipped with all the latest navigation and safety equipment, a 16-foot hard bottomed zodiac for guided trips ashore and shoreline exploration, and kayaks for enjoying the serenity of our spectacular coastal anchorages.
OUR SMALL GROUP SIZES ARE BEST FOR WILDLIFE VIEWING
Ocean Adventures' small group sizes (of 2 to 5 guests on scheduled trips and up to 6 on Private charters) provide our guests with the best wildlife viewing and safety. Our small group sizes mean we are making the least possible impact on the lands we visit, the wildlife we view and the First Nations Peoples who inspire us, something that is extremely important to us. Our small group sizes ensure our guests the most intimate experiences with nature and our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd.
FOCUS OF "INLETS OF THE GRIZZLY ~ the GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST in Spring
Join us in the heart of B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest in spring. Powerful landscapes, unparalleled wildlife viewing, whale watching and the unique culture of the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo Xai'xais Aboriginal Peoples, will be the focus of these cruises.
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.
We may see Resident Orca as they follow the migration of the largest of the wild Pacific salmon. Transient Orca are often seen along these waterways as they come in search of young marine mammals.
As we travel it is common to have porpoises and dolphins ride on the ship's bow wave!
POWERFUL LANDSCAPES OF IMMEASURABLE BEAUTY
This is spring on our central and north coasts and the rugged mountain peaks of the coastal range are stilled draped in snow.
The long, narrow inlets 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.
As we approach the end of each inlet we have our first glimpse of the velvety green estuaries that at this time of year, are teeming with life.
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 and bird watching in Canada!
LED BY OUR FULLY QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED BEAR GUIDE(S)
Bears just out of hibernation, some with cubs in tow, come to these lush estuaries to feast primarily on the protein rich sedge grasses, the roots of plants such as skunk cabbage, and the earlier Salmon berries.
After a long morning of feasting, the bears are sometimes so tired that we see them sitting to eat. (A bear sitting at the edge of the river amidst the grasses and wildflowers, is a moment you will never forget!)
As our guests travel the rivers deep into these prolific estuaries there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy other wildlife and some amazing bird watching.
Sitting by the rivers edge with our guide(s), guests will enjoy all the sights and sounds of the many kinds of birds that have come here to nest and raise their young. Floating back down the river our guests may enjoy the calls of bald eagles or ravens, the symphony of songbirds or the scolding of a king fisher or wood pecker as they pass. Along the river's edge they may see the brightly coloured Harlequin Ducks, Golden Eyes, or little Dippers performing their dances. Getting a photo of a Marbled Murrelet before it dives is always a challenge!
Whether we are exploring in our 16 foot zodiac or traveling on our 54 foot motor yacht Great Bear II, we always keep an eye out for one of the Great Bear Rainforest's genetically unique inhabitants, the Coastal Wolf.
These are wolves that swim between islands, fish for salmon, and often live on the marine life such as giant squid, sea lions, whales and seals that have washed up on the beach. Although these wolves still have a taste for the local deer, almost 75% of their diet comes from their marine environment.
FIRST NATIONS (ABORIGINAL CULTURE)
As we travel through the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in spring to these Inlets of the Grizzly, we will be traveling through the traditional lands of the Heltsiuk People of Bella Bella and the Kitasoo/Xai'xais of Klemtu. As we meet some of these people, you will be meeting our friends and our teachers... and you will have opportunities to learn why these lands are so important to their futures.
On our 8 and 11-day cruises, we will visit the Bighouse in Klemtu, the cultural focal point of the Kitasoo Xai'xais People.
WHALE WATCHING & OTHER MARINE LIFE
Guests will have many opportunities to enjoy the biodiversity of marine life along the waterways that we will travel.
Humpback Whales are returning from Hawaii to these nutrient rich waters to feast on krill and herring, affording us some amazing opportunities to witness their unique feeding behaviors.
Resident Orca can be seen as they come to this area to feed on returning salmon. Transient Orca can be seen as they hunt for the young marine mammals.
As we travel it is common to have porpoises and dolphins come to play on our ship's bow wave.
On at least one occasion, you will have an opportunity to see the incredible sea life in a very prolific intertidal area at low tide.
Other marine mammals that we will likely see include Stellar Sea Lions, Sea Otters, River Otters, Elephant Seals and Harbour Seals.
THE BEST OF B.C.'S WILD PLACES KEEP OUR GUESTS RETURNING
At night as you fall asleep beneath your cozy duvet in the comfort of your private stateroom, with the distant sounds of a waterfall or the song of a wolf, you will remember your day and understand why our guests keep coming back to these Inlets of the Grizzly in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest!
"The magnificent landscape: fiords, forests and granite cliffs are all apart of our heritage. But the bears... ahhhh...the bears! You could not have planned it any better!" ~ John and Marnie, Victoria, B.C.
"Passionate, enthusiastic, welcoming... plus we saw SO much wildlife! Thank you very much!" ~ Julie, U.K.
"It has been an unforgettable experience and I really hope I can persuade Dad to bring us back . (I don't think much persuading will be necessary!)" ~ Bella, U.K.
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