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The Inside Passage Cruise - Islands at the Edge

Take an 8-day adventure cruise 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 and experience the First Nations Culture on B.C.'s West Coast.

Islands at the Edge / the Inside Passage Cruise 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.

The ship we use for our tours, the Great Bear II, has all the latest and greatest navigation and safety equipment. There is also an 18-foot hard-bottomed zodiac dinghy for use on guided trips along the shoreline. We also have rowboats, paddleboards, and kayaks for guests who wish to enjoy the peaceful tranquility of our anchorages.

See our Schedule Page for dates and prices OR email us at


At Ocean Adventures, we keep group sizes rather small (two to five guests). This allows us a great wildlife viewing experience and ensures our safety.

Thanks to your smaller group size, we make the smallest possible impact on the wildlife we observe, the Firth Nations Peoples we encounter, and the lands that they inhabit.

These smaller groups also ensure that our guests are able to have a more intimate experience with nature and allows photographers the best chances at capturing great pictures-when you're on our inside passage cruises, or any of our other wildlife and landscape tours, you're more than just an individual in a large crowd.


The 8-day inside passage cruise takes place during the late summer on British Columbia's north and central coasts and features:

  • Whales breaching and lunge feeding
  • The start of salmon returning to the area to spawn
  • Wildlife switching 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
  • 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 Dall's 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.


These "Islands at the Edge" of the Great Bear Rainforest provide us with some of the most diverse and powerful landscapes on earth. White sandy beaches are edged in ethereal rainforest, sunsets turn seascapes into ancient masterpieces, and the mesmerizing sounds of the surf remain with us like a well-loved song.

These powerful landscapes of immeasurable beauty are food for the soul.


Led by our professional, fully certified and experienced guides, guests will have opportunities for wildlife viewing, whale watching, bird watching, intertidal exploration and beach combing.

Whales... While other parts of the world have been made more well known by marketing and are much busier, the north and central coasts of B.C. are quieter and definitely among the best whale watching areas on earth. An area described as a "critical feeding habitat for Humpback whales", allows us to witness some extraordinary Humpback feeding behaviors. This area is also well known for Transient Orca, Fin Whales, Dalls Porpoises, and Pacific White Sided Dolphins.

Wolves... Along these outer islands, we could see the genetically unique Coastal wolf. These are wolves that swim between islands, fish for salmon, and often live on the marine life such as giant squid, sea lions, whales, and seals that have washed up on the beach. Although these wolves still have a taste for the local deer, almost 75% of their diet comes from their marine environment. It is important to note that the Coastal wolves' unique coloration and wariness of humans make them difficult to see; however, prepared guests who keep a lookout and scan shorelines with binoculars will likely catch a glimpse of this amazing creature.


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 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.

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
  • 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.


During our inside passage cruise onboard the Great Bear II, you can sit on the deck and enjoy incredible views of British Columbia's remote inlets. You can also take a ride on one of our kayaks and explore the shoreline of our peaceful anchorages. You'll have the opportunity to encounter rich tidal pools, playful seals, and river otters. If you listen closely, you may even be able to hear the howl of a wolf communicating 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
  • Enjoying the stillness and serenity of this soul-stirring wilderness

We will have time to stop and savour these life-changing moments.

Email us at for dates and prices for this 8-day departure OR for other expeditions that include this area.

Experience the Wild in Wilderness !

First class BC wilderness cruises, coastal tours and charters on the West Coast of British Columbia aboard the 54 ft. Great Bear II, out of Vancouver, BC.
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