Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in August
6 or 8-day adventure cruises to explore B.C.'s Fiordland aboard our 54 foot ship Great Bear II
Watching Grizzly Bears and Spirit Bears fishing for salmon in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. Whale watching, First Nations Aboriginal Culture with Ocean Adventures on B.C.'s west coast.
Our ship Great Bear II is equipped with all the latest navigation and safety equipment, a 18 foot hard-bottomed zodiac for guided trips ashore and shoreline exploration, and kayaks for enjoying he 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) 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... they are never just part of a crowd
FOCUS OF EXPLORE B.C.'S FIORDLAND in AUGUST
As we Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in August we will be traveling through the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Backdrops of powerful landscapes, spectacular wildlife viewing and whale watching, and the unique culture of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais People are our focus as we Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in August.
ABUNDANT WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPES OF IMMEASURABLE BEAUTY
In August the wild Pacific salmon begin their return to Fiordland's rivers and streams to spawn and complete their cycle of life. The returning salmon are like a dinner bell to the bears that will be fattening for hibernation, for wolves feeding their families and for many kinds of birds.
In almost all the waters we will be traveling herring are providing a feast for Humpback Whales in preparation for their long migration to Hawaii. Humpback whales offer the best whale watching as they seem to fly out of the sea in a full breach or as they demonstrate their cooperative feeding behaviour know as bubble net feeding, or as they slap their powerful tails on the water to warn other whales.
The narrow channels that make up Fiordland are edged in the towering granite walls that rise thousands of feet out of the sea and during rainy days are laced with waterfalls. Mornings when we awake to mists these powerful landscapes seem even more ethereal and provide the perfect beginning to our day.
LED BY OUR FULLY QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED BEAR GUIDE(S)
As we Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in August the wild Pacific salmon are beginning their return to the rivers and streams of their birth in the Great Bear Rainforest. The wild Pacific salmon are the lifeblood of the coast and at this time of year are the primary food of the Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, and the rare Spirit Bears as they fatten for their long winter's hibernation.
Bears, normally solitary and extremely territorial, congregate on the rivers in search of their salmon dinner. As you watch the bears fish, your guide(s) will explain how there is much more than meets the eye.
See how bears and other animals help provide the fish fertilizer for the towering trees of the rainforest. Witness the power and techniques of the bears as they catch the salmon.
Each moment you spend on the river with your guide(s) watching the bears, will be unforgettable! Learn how bears each have their own fishing techniques taught to them by their mother, and see the look on a spring cub's face when he picks up his first fish.
As you explore these estuaries with your guide(s) learn how we know that Wolves have been fishing for salmon... signs that will help us determine when and where we might see them.
As well as feeding the bears, the trees, and the wolves, the wild Pacific salmon are also providing a feast for many birds.
As bears stroll the rivers' edges and estuaries, clouds of gulls rise above them and then settle behind them as they pass... to devour what the bears have left uneaten. Eagles and Ravens can be seen and heard as they too are drawn to the river by the salmon.
KITASOO/XAI'XAIS FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE
As we Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in August we will learn about the Kitasoo/Xai'xais People whose traditional lands we will be visiting.
Learn how these First Nations People peacefully co-existed with the bears in these river estuaries, about their awe inspiring culture, and see their Big House in their village of Klemtu.
As you Explore B.C.'s Fiordland you will hear and see why these traditional lands are so important to their future.
WILD PLACES THAT KEEP OUR GUESTS RETURNING
Whether our guests take a kayak for a paddle... or relax on the forward deck of the ship... everyone will revel in the serenity of our anchorages.
With the distant sounds of water falling over thousands of feet of polished granite, or the symphony of songbirds in the forest beside us... or the sound of young bears paws as they cross the gravel on the beach in front of us... these wild places will remain with all of us long after we've returned home and keep us coming back for more.
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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