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Grizzly Bear, Canada

Sail the Great Bear Rainforest

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£4,300 ex. flights

While journeying on board an authentic sailing boat or privately chartering a historic yacht, pass through the remote waters of the Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia. Sandwiched with time in the bustling seaport city of Vancouver, navigate against a backdrop of mountains and inlets, navigating to local communities of the Fiordland Conservancy and embarking on kayak explorations in search of spirit and grizzly bears.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Spirit bear in the forest of Canada 1

Find the Spirit Bear

Head out in search of the mystical spirit bear, a rare subspecies of the black bear.

Humpback whale near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada 2

Watch for Marine Life

Observe orca whales, sea lions and humpback whales as they emerge from the cool water.

Island Odyssey, British Columbia, Canada 3

Sail or Charter

Travel the remote coastal fjords in search of grizzlies in a sail boat or charter yacht.

Totem Pole, Anchorage, Alaska, USA 4

First Nation Villages

Visit the small First Nation villages and their inhabitants in this fairly remote region.

Why we like it

This voyage is truly an adventure of a lifetime, and one that is ideally suited to those who aspire to experience one of Canada’s most precious regions and one of the last great wildernesses on Earth. This sailing trip will take you deep into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in remote British Columbia, home to the native First Nations for over 10,000 years. Drawn by its plethora of salmon and distinct lack of human development, this region is home to large quantities of black and grizzly bears and even the rare and elusive spirit bear. Known for their snow-white fur, the result of a recessive gene in the black bear, a lot of luck and a dash of perseverance is required to spot this enchanting species. Kayaks are carried on board, enabling passengers to navigate even closer to the estuaries and waterfalls and paddle through orca and humpback habitats, and travelling with local Gitga’at First Nation guides unveils the immensity and peacefulness of this extraordinary part of the world.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    London - Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Vancouver - Bella Bella
  • Day 3-8
    Great Bear Rainforest
  • Day 9
    Bella Bella - Vancouver - London
Island Solitude, British Columbia, Canada
Island Solitude, British Columbia, Canada
Island Odyssey, British Columbia, Canada
Island Odyssey, British Columbia, Canada
Island Roamer, British Columbia, Canada
Island Roamer, British Columbia, Canada

Sail the Great Bear Rainforest

Sail deep into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on board one of our favourite hand-picked small expedition yachts – Island Odyssey, Island Roamer or Island Solitude. Navigating where larger boats cannot go, follow the Inside Passage along Canada’s Pacific coast and voyage into remote estuaries where grizzlies feast on spawning salmon. Navigate Campania Sound, an ideal area for spotting humpback whales and Steller’s sea lions, and launch a kayak to paddle in the immensity and peacefulness of this extraordinary part of the world.

Pacific Yellowfin, British Columbia, Canada
Pacific Yellowfin, British Columbia, Canada

Privately Charter a Vessel

For an utterly exclusive and completely private, explore the magnificent 21-million-acre wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Pacific Yellowfin, a 12-passenger vessel only available through chartering. Delve into the wilderness, hiking ancient moss-covered trails, making new footprints in untouched forests, and kayaking through silent inlets framed by towering cliffs. This rugged coastline is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world and is a unique getaway for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Accompanied throughout by Captain Colin Griffinson, who has cruised the coast of British Columbia for over 20 years and is rightfully known as one of the top guides in North America, passengers have access to places no others can go.

Grizzly Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Grizzly Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada

Discover the Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest contains 25% of the remaining intact temperate rainforest in the world and is one of the planet’s most special and unique ecosystems. During the month of September, five species of wild Pacific Salmon return to the north coast and enter the thousands of freshwater rivers. These salmon not only provide food for hundreds of bears, wolves, and eagles but also provide nutrients for the giant trees that grow in this temperate rainforest. As a result, these forests contain as much as four times the amount of life found in a tropical rainforest.

Kayaking, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Kayaking, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada

Leaping Dolphins & Remote Kayaking

Share in the thrill of dolphins riding the bow wave, have a go at water-skiing, or take to the skies by helicopter to discover remote mountain tops and glaciers with breath-taking views. Spend days hiking old trails in search of bears, kayak through private fjords hugging the shoreline, and visit historic First Nations cultural sites to tour remote villages. Ultimately, this trip is about wildlife, so you will spend as much time as possible searching for bears and viewing humpback whales.

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As always, Paul married his knowledge with our preferences which resulted in a superb trip.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

I could not have wished for a better and more efficient itinerary in terms of both the destinations we visited and how the timing coincided. Plus, the communication from Roxy was excellent throughout.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

Not only is Steppes an excellent organisation, but the friendliness, great advice and superb attention to detail provided by Paul meant that we had a seamless booking experience and a wonderful trip to Canada.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

We had a truly amazing trip and everything was so very well planned by Paul - this trip will be hard to beat.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Roxy was FANTASTIC at recommending the best place and season to go to see bears in Canada. We saw 47 in total, and 3 of these were up close and personal. Roxy was very professional and helpful, especially when my friends circumstances changed.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

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