Islands of the Spirit Bear — Waters of the Humpback
A 5 or 7 Day Adventure Cruise aboard the 54 foot motor yacht Great Bear II
Ocean Adventures on BC's West Coast. Bear and Whale Watching
Islands of the Spirit Bear, Waters of the Humpbacks 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 and return is included in the price of this trip
Our 54 foot motor yacht, Great Bear II is equipped with all the latest navigation equipment as well as our 16 foot Zodiac for excursions and tours ashore, and, kayaks to explore and enjoy the serenity of our coastal anchorages.
Our small group sizes, (of 2-6 guests), are perfect for photographers and those guests preferring a more intimate experience, while providing the highest level of safety. With our small group sizes our guests enjoy more personalized service... they are never part of a crowd.
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FOCUS OF ISLANDS OF THE SPIRIT BEAR, WATERS OF THE HUMPBACK
Whether it's watching tiny white cubs as they gorge themselves on ripening wild crab-apples, their large black mum watching from below; or watching the white and black bears fish in the creek below the viewing platform; or witnessing mighty whales as they seemed to fly out of the water and thunder back into the sea, wildlife viewing opportunities abound along this part of Canada's West Coast. September is a time of abundance—returning salmon for the bears, wolves and birds to feast on, ripening berries for them to pick, and schools of herring for whales to devour—all making possible some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere in the world. This spectacular landscape, its unique wildlife, and the Gitga'at First Nations culture are the focus of these cruise trips.
SPIRIT BEARS, BLACK BEARS, WOLVES...
Walk the great creeks and rivers with your expert bear viewing guide, (one of the founding members of the Commercial Bear-viewing Association of BC), and marvel at the struggle of all five species of Pacific Salmon as they return to their spawning grounds. As you sit quietly at the water's edge, taking in all the sounds and smells of the rainforest, watch closely for Black bears, Spirit Bears, Wolves, Otters, Eagles, and Ravens as they come in search of a salmon dinner.
OUR SMALL GROUP SIZES ARE BEST FOR WILDLIFE VIEWING
Our small group sizes of 2 - 6 guests, provide our guests with the best wildlife viewing and safety, while making the least impact on the lands we visit and the wildlife we view, something that is extremely important to us. Our small groups ensure our guests the most intimate experiences, and our photographers, the best opportunities.
FIRST NATIONS CULTURE
During our "Islands of the Spirit Bear, Waters of the Humpbacks" we will travel through the traditional territories of three First Nations People... the Gitga'at First Nations People of Hartley Bay, the Haisla People of Kitimat Village, and the Kitasoo Xai'xais People of Klemtu. As you 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.
HUMPBACK WHALES BREACHING, BUBBLENET FEEDING
Whale Channel on the northwest side of Princess Royal Island continues to provide us with many hours of spectacular Humpback Whale watching. The Humpbacks here are feeding, readying themselves for the long migration to Hawaii. Displays of tail lobbing, fluke slapping, full breaches and bubble net feeding are virtually commonplace. Guests and crew of the Great Bear II have watched for several hours while a group of 7 humpbacks performed bubble nets — 29 times!
TAKE A KAYAK FOR A PADDLE OR SIMPLY SIT AND RELAX
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.
SOAK IN PRISTINE NATURAL HOTSPRINGS
Soaking in the pristine, natural hot springs on the polished rocky shores of Bishop Bay, one can forget everything of the outside world. As the lacy boughs of cedar trees hang from the forest canopy and the mist rising from the water wraps around you like a warm blanket, the only sounds that can be heard may be that of songbirds, the howl of a distant wolf, or the blow of a Humpback whale as it surfaces in the bay in front of you.
From our Guests...
"Hard to find enough superlatives to express our experience with you this week." ~ Andrea & John from the U.K."I will always be grateful for your part in giving meaning and definition to my life, and in helping mother earth and all her creatures." ~Mary from Victoria
"It's called a "Rainforest" but we had six days of sunshine! Check on eBay for a poncho going cheap!" ~ Dave from the U.K.
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