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.
SMALLER GROUPS ARE IDEAL FOR THE VIEWING OF WILDLIFE
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.
FOCUS OF "ISLANDS AT THE EDGE - THE INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE IN AUGUST"
The 8-day inside passage cruise takes place during the late summer on British Columbia's north and central coasts and features:
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.
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:
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:
We will have time to stop and savour these life-changing moments.
Experience the Wild in Wilderness !
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