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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.
Please contact us for trips that may include the same areas or alternatives for this time of year.

Islands at the Edge / the Inside Passage in June will begin and end in Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia. Travel from Prince Rupert to meet the ship in the village of Hartley Bay on the first day of this trip is included in the price of this trip. The trip will end on board the ship in Prince Rupert.

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.

Email us at for dates and prices
for this 7 day departure OR for other expeditions that include this area.


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.


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.


This is spring on our central and north coasts and the rugged mountain peaks of the coastal range are stilled draped in snow. At the beginning of this trip, in Douglas Channel and in Verney Pass, granite walls define these waterways... granite walls that at this time of year are laced with waterfalls that seem to fall from the sky.

As we travel west to the outer islands near the Hecate Straight, granite walls give way to the rugged windswept Islands at the Edge. Here, white sandy beaches are edged in ethereal rainforest, sunsets turn seascapes into ancient masterpieces, and the mesmerizing sounds of the surf remain with you like a well-loved song.

These powerful landscapes of immeasurable beauty, where the lines between the sea and the rainforest are blurred, remind us that this is no place for oil super tankers.


Led by our professional, fully qualified and experienced guide(s) and naturalist, guests will have endless opportunities to enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing, whale watching, intertidal environments and bird watching on our coast.

Bears, just out of hibernation, come to streams in search of grass, skunk cabbage roots, the early salmon berries and to the ocean's edge at low tide to feast on mussels and other crustaceans. Let's keep our eyes open for a spirit bear sighting!

While wolves are rarely seen at this time of year, as they want to keep the whereabouts of their young pups a secret, we will see many signs that they live on the islands along which we will travel. Sea Lions will be seen both in the water and on their local haul out. Whether they are fishing or frolicking in the water or vying for position on the polished granite haul outs, they provide us with endless entertainment and photo ops.

Along the Islands at the Edge, we enjoy some of the best bird watching on our coast. Ancient Murrelets with their tiny balls of fluff in tow... Ospreys with a freshly caught fish returning to their nest... Rhinoceros Auklets with their mouths full of fish... Bald Eagles eating their freshly caught fish in mid air... and the haunting calls of Red Throated Loons puncturing the stillness.

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.

Email us at for dates and prices for this 7 day departure OR for other expeditions that include this area.

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