Great Bear Rainforest
As if our BC coast wasn’t sufficiently blessed with spectacular coastline, even
more remote grandeur beckons the eco adventurer to our upper coast rainforest.
The vast area between the northern end of Vancouver Island and the BC / Alaska
border embraces the largest tract of intact temperate rainforest left on earth.
within some 100 unspoiled watersheds, thousands of grizzly, black bear, wolf
eagle still co-exist and prosper. The vast seasonal spawning migrations still
the forest’s diverse ecosystems which in turn feed the salmon. Here the ancient
rainforest still reigns supreme.
Our wilderness voyages of discovery offer exploration of the Great Bear Rainforest
with the comfort and security of a mothership. Access to the Great Bear Rainforest
is via Port
Hardy on Vancouver Island. BC Ferries offer daily sailings to Bella Bella or
choose the morning flight out of Vancouver International aboard Pacific Coastal
Airlines with a stop in Port Hardy and a midday arrival in ‘Bella.’ This
tiny but colourful native fishing village, together with nearby Shearwater,
our supply bases for explorations into the ancestral lands of the Heiltsuk,
Kitasoo and Owikeeno.
Southwest lie the island mazes of Hunter and Goose Islands,
sandy beaches, sea otters and outstanding ocean kayaking. The Koeye River
estuary: prime habitat for the grizzly and wolf. Hakai Pass / Rivers Inlet:
world class salmon fishing. Northwest lies the Inside Passage route to Alaska
which leads us to the grandeur of Mussel and Kynoch Inlets within Fiordland
Recreational Area. The elusive white Spirit Bear of native legend, or Kermode,
frequent the estuaries of nearby Pooley and Princess Royal Islands. Keep your
telephoto lens handy…your mothership stops for all species of whales:
humpback, orca, minke and gray. Pacific white-sided dolphin and Dall’s porpoise
entertain with wave riding and impromptu aerial antics.
A broad variety of ecosystems are supported in the vastness of this rainforest.
Towering snowfields and sub alpine lead to countless waterfalls cascading into
steep, glacially carved fiords. Rich estuarine habitats, explored by inflatable
/ kayak, afford sightings of salmon-eating wolves, grizzlies, otters and eagles.
Thriving seabird colonies of puffins, auklets, murres and cormorants populate
the windswept outer islands. Bring your binoculars, cameras and curiosity for
an eco sensitive journey into the heart of the Rainforest.