Into the Great Bear Rainforest
Discover 7-day Great Bear-viewing tours in British Columbia aboard the 54-foot motor yacht Great Bear II
Ocean Adventures on B.C.'s West Coast boasts Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Whale Watching, and Landscape photography opportunities on the Great Bear Rainforest tour in June.
In 2019 we will not be offering this trip.
Join us aboard our 54-foot motor yacht Great Bear II which is equipped with all the latest navigation equipment. We have an 18-foot hard-bottomed zodiac for excursions off the ship, as well as kayaks and a small rowboat to enjoy the serenity of our coastal anchorages.
Our small group sizes (two to five guests) are perfect for photographers and guests who prefer a more intimate experience while providing the highest level of safety. With our small group trips, our guests enjoy more personalized service and are never become lost in the crowd.
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THE FOCUS OF INTO THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST
Your Captain and Wildlife Guide Eric Boyum will be keeping a close eye on the tides during your Great Bear Rainforest tour. When the tides are high it is the perfect time to travel the gentle, meandering rivers of these inlets into the heart of their estuaries in search of wildlife. There we will enjoy the spectacular beauty of their powerful landscapes.
WITNESS SPECTACULAR SCENERY & ABUNDANT WILDLIFE
June and early July on B.C.'s north coast is late spring/early summer. The mountain peaks of the coastal range are still blanketed in snow. Waterfalls fed by spring's melt, seem to fall from the sky over thousands of feet of polished granite and into the sea or into streams on the estuaries. The new lush, protein rich sedge grasses of the estuaries draw the bears here, just out of hibernation. The estuaries are carpeted in wildflowers and teeming with life. Many species of birds, some of which come here only at this time of year, to nest and raise their young. Although wolves will rarely let us see them at this time of year when their pups are still so young, they do leave plenty of signs that they too are enjoying spring on the estuaries.
As we float back down the river, we slowly drift by riverbanks lined with bright purple lupines and along meadows carpeted in bright pink shooting stars and chocolate lilies. You will be treated to the symphony of songbirds, the call of eagles, the scolding of kingfishers and woodpeckers and perhaps even the mournful howl of a wolf as he communicates with his pack.
LED BY OUR PROFESSIONAL GUIDES & NATURALISTS
During our Great Bear-viewing tours, led by our professional, fully qualified guides, guests will travel in our 18-foot hard-bottomed zodiac, up rivers and along estuaries, looking for bears, wolves, and many species of birds.
At this time of year, you can sit on the riverbank with your guide and watch bears as they feast on the protein rich sedge grass of these river estuaries. As you float down gently, meandering rivers, past riverbanks lined with lupines, you will be treated to some of the most soul stirring landscapes on earth.
As we travel the Gardner canal through fiords of milky blue waters, we will keep a look out for Mountain Goats on the granite walls above us. The Kitlope Conservancy is known for its wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
Whether onboard the ship Great Bear II or traveling with our guide(s), all of these inlets are a birdwatcher's dream. Many birds come to these river estuaries and surrounding old-growth forests to nest and raise their young. We may see brightly coloured Harlequin Ducks, Golden Eyes, Marbled Murrelets, Red Throated Loons, Bald Eagles, Ravens, Woodpeckers, and Kingfishers. At the river's edge, you may even witness the dance of the little Dippers or enjoy the symphony of songbirds.
SMALLER GROUPS ARE IDEAL WHEN VIEWING WILDLIFE
Small groups of two to five guests provide adequate safety and the best wildlife viewing experience! These small tour groups also make minimal impact on the areas we visit, which is very important to us. This also ensures our guests the most intimate experiences with nature and provides our photographers with the best opportunities. You will not be just another person in the crowd.
AS WE TRAVEL
As we travel between these magnificent inlets we watch for Orcas, Humpback Whales, Porpoises, Dolphins, Sea Lions, and Elephant Seals. Ledges on the sheer granite walls that edge these waterways may even provide you with a glimpse of Mountain Goats and their newborn kids.
TAKE A KAYAK FOR A PADDLE OR SIMPLY SIT AND RELAX
Onboard our ship, the Great Bear II, sit on deck and enjoy the majesty of some of B.C.'s most remote wilderness and tranquil inlets while you enjoy your chef's latest creations. If you'd like to, you can take one of our kayaks and explore the shoreline for a closer look at our coastal anchorage. You may even be joined by inquisitive seals or river otters or be watched closely by nesting songbirds, kingfishers or eagles.
THE BEST OF B.C.'S WILD PLACES KEEP OUR GUESTS RETURNING
During your Great Bear Rainforest tour, once we approach the heart of the rainforest, our guests experience the very best of British Columbia's wild places.
Onboard our ship Great Bear II, you will marvel at the breathtaking views of our changing surroundings from the comfort of the ship's spacious salon. Sit at our dining table with 360-degree views to the outside as you enjoy the latest delicacies prepared and served to you by your chef.
At night, as you fall asleep in the comfort of your private stateroom, nestled under your cozy duvet and with the distant sound of a waterfall or the mournful song of a wolf, you will understand why our guests keep coming back to these magnificent British Columbia inlets for our Grizzly Bear viewing tours.
"The magnificent landscape: fiords, forests and granite cliffs are all apart of our heritage. But the bears... ahhhh...the bears! You could not have planned it any better!" ~ John and Marnie, Victoria, B.C.
"Passionate, enthusiastic, welcoming... plus we saw SO much wildlife! Thank you very much!" ~ Julie, U.K.
"It has been an unforgettable experience and I really hope I can persuade Dad to bring us back . (I don't think much persuading will be necessary!)" ~ Bella, U.K.
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