Following the Proposed Supertanker Route
Islands at the Edge — The Inside Passage
7 day adventures cruise in June aboard our 54 foot ship, Great Bear II.
Watching bears, whales, birds, wolves, in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. Trace proposed oil super tanker route, experience First Nations Aboriginal Culture on B.C.'s West Coast.
In 2018 we will not be offering this trip.
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 the serenity of our spectacular coastal anchorages.
for this 7 day departure OR for other expeditions that include this area.
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... our guests are never just part of a crowd.
FOCUS OF "ISLANDS AT THE EDGE ~ THE INSIDE PASSAGE in June
This is late spring / early summer on B.C.'s north coast. Whales breaching and lunge feeding... bears just out of hibernation... waterfalls that seem to fall from the sky... birds nesting and raising their young ...the ancient trees of the rainforest alive with the symphony of songbirds... rocky shores dressed in colourful intertidal life... and the endless white sandy beaches where the only tracks aside from your own may be those of a wolf.
Sadly, B.C.'s central and north coasts face the single biggest threat ever.. the proposed oil super tankers that would ply these very waters on their way to and from Kitimat to meet the proposed Enbridge pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta. On this trip we will travel, in part, the proposed route of these oil super tankers to witness what is at stake.
The whale watching along these waterways are among the best in the world... but let's keep the details of just how good, to ourselves!
Guests will have many opportunities to enjoy the biodiversity of marine life along the waterways that we will travel.
At this time of year Humpback whales are returning from Hawaii, some with new calves, and can be seen feeding in almost all the channels and inlets we will visit. Orca follow the return of the wild Pacific Chinook salmon and Transients are in search of young marine mammals. As we travel, it is not uncommon to have Dall's porpoises and/or Pacific Whitesided Dolphins come to play on the ship's wake. We hope to meet with Janie and Hermann from Cetacealab about their research and learn why their work is so important at a time when oil super tankers are proposed for waterways that are SO important to the survival of these cetaceans.
During this trip we will primarily be traveling through the traditional lands of the Gitga'at People of Hartley Bay, whose lives would be forever changed by the proposed oil super tankers. 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 and waterways are so important to their futures.
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