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First class wilderness adventures and holiday cruises on the coast of British Columbia.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Looking forward...

Wolf Scout 2022 will be a beautiful year in which we get to welcome you back to some of THE most soul stirring places on earth!
Relaxing by a Waterfall Adventure, renewal and lots of photos taken to remember the moments! It's been a struggle.. but we're almost there! In the meantime enjoy the photos and please keep in touch!  We love hearing from you!

Harlequin Duck in breeding plumage Salmonberries

If you live in B.C. and aren't yet on our list of people that may want to travel with us if we are allowed to offer trips to British Columbians, please be in touch soon:

Young Female Grizzly Bear

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Friday, May 14, 2021


Salmonberry Blossom

An enlightening and soul-touching piece from our Heiltsuk mentor and friend, ‘Cúagilákv (Jess Housty):

"The salmonberry plant has nourished and healed Indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest coast for countless generations, but its significance goes far beyond its value as food."

Salmonberry Bush
‘Cúagilákv (Jess Housty) says in part:

"The stewardship pathways they" (Jess's children) "are building with salmon, salmonberries, and our other nonhuman kin open them to lessons about reciprocity and interdependence that I know will inspire patience and careful observation. From that quiet place, respect and wisdom will grow. And if there is one lesson I have carried forward, one lesson I hope to instill in my children, it's the importance of thriving together."

I promise you will see Salmonberries for much more than food and photos when you read Jess's story in full:


Handful of Delicious Salmonberries

Sunday, January 16, 2021

Golden Grasses

Moments in Nature that Inspire Us...
Waking up
"I believe the best way to begin reconnecting humanity's heart, mind and soul to nature is for us to share our individual stories."

~J. Drew Lanham

Sitting quietly in our zodiac against the bank of a river in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, breathing in the earthy, early morning air, we wait in quiet anticipation of what this morning will reveal.

As the sun begins to peek over the polished granite walls that rise thousands of feet out of this river estuary, golden grasses and gulls, are softly lit by the advancing light. The gulls warm in the sun and awaken, their cacophony breaking the quiet as they make their way to the river for breakfast.

Duelling Gulls 1 Duelling Gulls 2

Already at the river, the Eagles warn the approaching clouds of gulls, not to get too close to the salmon carcasses they have already claimed, undoubtedly left there by the masters of this domain. The dance begins with Gulls challenging each other and even a stoic Bald eagle, while keeping eyes on an encroaching Raven. As if to demonstrate his absolute claim, the eagle sinks his talons further into the head of a Chum salmon carcass and stands resolutely.

Bald Eagle Claiming his salmon Bald Eagle leaving Gulls & Ravens to it

As the rituals continue to pervade this soul stirring river estuary, we hear the tell tale sound of large, soft paws walking on gravel and river rock. Around the corner in the river above us shuffles a very well fed, male Grizzly Bear with sleepy eyes.

Coming to the river for breakfast

As he approaches where we sit, Eric begins talking to him in a low, soft voice.

This handsome bear stops, looks at us, sniffs the air and then lowers himself into the neck deep water of the river behind us, as if needing the cold water to wake himself up.

As he sits in the river, he assesses his surroundings, including us. "Who are we and can we be trusted?"

He soon lifts himself out of the river and lumbers slowly but deliberately across the nearby gravel bar, to a huge Chum salmon carcass, some yards in front of us.

Can we be trusted?
Our thumping hearts are not thumping in fear, but in the excitement of what we have been gifted. With complete trust in our intentions, this big guy walks from salmon to salmon, sniffing them, gently pawing them, and then finally settling on one that is just right.

Choosing his Salmon Delicacies of fatty salmon underbellies and skin are prized finds along this river. Taking a piece of skin near the salmon's head, in his teeth, and with one behemoth paw on the head of the salmon, this obviously experienced bear strips the skin of the salmon, in one piece, from head to tail. With each mouthful that he eats, the bear lifts his head and slowly savours every morsel.

How to remove Salmon skin After some time passes and this gentle giant has had his fill of salmon, he shakes himself, licks his lips and continues slowly down the river and out of sight, leaving us listening to the music of his large, soft paws on the gravel and river rock.

Enjoying his Salmon breakfast A hush remains over the zodiac as we all process what we have just witnessed, including the true nature of this huge male Grizzly Bear.

Every move this beauty made was made knowing we were there, and trusting that we would just sit peacefully, and quietly while he ate. Like his ancestors before him, this bear's intuition is finely tuned.

On this day, this bear taught 4 people, new to Grizzly Bears, and reminded two of us, that these bears are not the man-eating monsters that their killers want us to believe, but intelligent, intuitive, trusting, trustworthy bears, just being bears.

Continuing down the river We hope that you enjoy our "Moments in Nature that Inspire Us" that help remind us who bears and other wildlife really are. We also hope you will join us in sharing these stories in an effort to have more people learn or be reminded that we are not separate or superior to nature, but a part of nature.

Golden Grasses

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