Islands at the Edge — The Inside Passage
8 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.
Islands at the Edge / the Inside Passage in August" will begin in Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia, taking us along the outer islands of the Great Bear Rainforest to the First Nations village of Bella Bella.
Our ship Great Bear II is equipped with all the latest navigation and safety equipment, an 18 foot hard-bottomed zodiac for guided trips ashore and shoreline explorations, plus kayaks, a rowboat, and a paddle board for guests to enjoy the serenity of our 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... our guests are never just part of a crowd.
FOCUS OF "ISLANDS AT THE EDGE ~ THE INSIDE PASSAGE in AUGUST"
This is late summer on B.C.'s north and central coast. Whales breaching and lunge feeding.. the beginning of salmon returning to the streams and rivers to spawn.. wildlife beginning to switch from eating berries to fishing for salmon... long stretches of pristine, white, sandy beaches where the only tracks aside from your own may be those of a wolf... and the spectacular sunsets of Canada's west coast.
This trip takes us through critical feeding habitat for Humpback whales and important areas for both Resident and Transient Orca, Fin Whales, the second largest whales on earth, and both Dalls Porpoises and Pacific White Sided Dolphins.
Other marine mammals we hope to see are Sea Lions, Sea Otters, and Seals including Elephant seals.
There are many species of interesting birds to see on this trip, including Murrelets, Auklets, Raptors, Songbirds, and many species of gulls.
Along the shores of these islands at the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, it may also be possible to see Deer, Coastal Wolves, Black Bears, and the unique and very rare Spirit Bear.
Bears... Near the beginning of August, as the wild Pacific salmon return to the streams and rivers of their birth to spawn, bears begin leaving the berry patches where they've spent most of their summer, and begin making their way to the salmon streams. On this trip, we will visit several salmon streams to learn about the wild Pacific salmon and to see if any Black Bears or the very rare Spirit Bear are there in search of a salmon dinner.
Birds... Along the Islands at the Edge, we enjoy some of the best bird watching on our coast. Ancient Murrelets and Rhinoceros Auklets with their mouths full of tiny fish... Bald Eagles watching over their realm from high atop a cedar snag... Ravens warning others of our approach...the symphony of songbirds from the rainforest...and the haunting calls of Red Throated Loons puncturing the stillness.
While we will transit the waters of several Tsimshian First Nations People, this trip will primarily take place in the traditional lands of the Kitasoo Xai Xais People of Klemtu on the central coast of BC.
This trip will end in Bella Bella in the traditional lands of the Heiltsuk People. As you meet some of these people, you will be meeting our friends and our teachers, with opportunities to learn why these traditional lands are so important to their futures.
On board our ship, the Great Bear II, sit on deck and enjoy the majesty of BC's most remote and wild inlets or take one of our kayaks and explore the shoreline of our coastal anchorages, discovering rich tidal pools, playful river otters and seals. If you are very quiet perhaps you will even hear the mournful howl of a wolf as it communicates with its pack.
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: Humpback whales breaching or bubble net feeding... a wolf patrolling the shoreline... bears feasting on berries or salmon... an Osprey in flight... or simply enjoying the stillness and serenity of this soul stirring wilderness... we will have time to stop, and savour these life changing moments.
Experience the Wild in Wilderness !
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