Grizzly Bear, Canada

Sail the Great Bear Rainforest

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

$5,999(ex. flights)

Travel on board an authentic sailing boat to leave the lightest of footprints as you experience the remote waters of the Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia.

Top and tailed with time spent in the bustling seaport city of Vancouver, navigate against a backdrop of mountains and inlets and witness the outstanding biodiversity of Canada’s remote west coast. Visit the local communities of the Fiordland Conservancy and embark on treks and kayak expeditions 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 suited to those who aspire to experience one of Canada’s most biodiverse regions and one of the last great wildernesses on Earth while leaving as light a footprint as possible. Our partner on this trip is renowned for the lengths it takes, to reduce its environmental impact, not only being carbon neutral but also supporting numerous conservation and community initiatives.
Sail 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 also 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. Travelling with local Gitga’at First Nation guides gives further privileged insight into this extraordinary part of the world.

Carbon-neutral cruising

Our partners, Bluewater Adventures have been mentored by Climate Smart to measure and reduce their environmental impact, offsetting anything that remains with Ostrom Climate. A member of 1% for the Planet, donating to conservation initiatives along Canada’s west coast, during the pandemic, Bluewater used its boats and crew to assist the Marine Debris Removal Initiative, which removed a total of 127,060 kg of debris from an estimated 540.5 km of British Columbian shoreline over 42 days.

Bluewater has longstanding relationships with local First Nations, supporting indigenous communities to preserve culture, history, and their traditional territories. In the Great Bear Rainforest, they have protocol agreements with the Heiltsuk Nation, the Gitga’at Nation, the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, and the Haisla Nation, each of whom specifies a fee per guest per night in the territory. These fees are used by First Nations towards their Coastal Guardian Watchmen Programs, which focus on conservation and stewardship.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Have you always wanted to explore Canada? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1

    London - Vancouver

  • Day 2

    Vancouver - Bella Bella

  • Day 3-8

    Great Bear Rainforest

  • Day 9

    Bella Bella - Vancouver - London

Day 1

London - Vancouver

Day 2

Vancouver - Bella Bella

Spirit Bear Lodge, Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada

Day 3-8

Great Bear Rainforest

Grizzly Bear, Canada

Explore the biggest tract of coastal temperate rainforest on earth – 6.4 million hectares.

Day 9

Bella Bella - Vancouver - London

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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, BC

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.

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

Bubble Net Feeding & Remote Kayaking

Share in the thrill of watching humpback whales bubble net feeding, or take to kayaks to get a closer perspective of the Great Bear Rainforest. Spend days hiking old trails in search of bears 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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