Small Group Safari

Spirit Bears & Humpback Whales of British Columbia

Explore the wild coastline of British Columbia on a 68 foot yacht on the lookout for the elusive spirit bears and enormous humpbacks, as well as sea lions and orcas.

Duration 9 days
Price From $5,993
When September
Destination Canada

Safari Overview

On this trip you venture through the wild valleys of Canada’s far western edge. Here, trees as old as they are tall tower over you, beneath them rivers bubble with spawning salmon. This astounding environment plays home to a whole host of British Columbia’s wildlife; including the legendary spirit bear. You can also see grizzly bears fishing the rivers, and wolves prowling in the shadows, as well as eagles nesting in ancient branches and humpbacks plying through pristine fjords. On this safari, you join the incredible wildlife of the region as you traverse calm waters and a maze of forests searching for wildlife.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Witness grizzly bears and spirit (Kermode) bears in their natural environment.
  • Discover First Nation culture.
  • See porpoises, Steller sea lions, humpback whales and more.
  • Venture through dramatic examples of the natural world, view impressive granite cliffs and stunning waterfalls, as well as salmon rich rivers and huge fjords.

Explore British Columbia in search of a range of interesting and stunning wildlife.

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Day by day

Day 1

Vancouver - Bella Bella

You fly today from Vancouver to Bella Bella; an isolated village on the central coast of British Columbia, and home of the Heiltsuk Nation people. You’ll be staying at the Shearwater Resort and enjoy a welcome dinner on arrival.

Overnight: Shearwater Lodge D

Day 2

Bella Bella - Great Bear Rainforest

Today you board the Island Roamer, a comfortable 68-foot ketch; home for the next seven nights. Sailing from Bella Bella, you head towards the sheltered inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest, stopping each night in a different secluded anchorage. The first stop is the Fiordland Conservancy, which offers some of the most dramatic examples of glacially gouged scenery on the British Columbia coast. Sheer granite cliffs rise more than 3,000 feet, and waterfalls plummet from their faces into the sea.

Overnight: Island Roamer B, L, D

Days 3-4

Fiordland Conservancy

You navigate through fjords, passing native communities and exploring remote estuaries up close and hoping to see grizzly bears attracted by spawning salmon. The combination of lush vegetation and salmon-rich streams in Fiordland makes it ideal grizzly habitat. Black bears are also prolific in these ancient forests, and wolves are also present, though elusive.

Overnight: Island Roamer B, L, D

Day 5

Fiordland - Princesse Royal Island

This morning you visit the First Nations village of Klemtu, home of the Kitasoo Band.

Overnight: Island Roamer B, L, D

Days 6-8

Princess Royal Island

These three days will start with a cruise with excellent chances of spotting porpoises, orcas, Stellar sea lions and humpback whales, who will often try to entertain visitors with breaching, spy-hopping or slapping their flippers. You will also go ashore in search of spirit bears, enjoy a soak at Bishop Bay Hot Springs, accessible only to boaters. On the third day you’ll join a Gitga’at native guide who’ll take you to locally known wildlife viewing areas; hopefully spotting more black bears and spirit bears.

Overnight: Island Roamer B, L, D

Day 9

Princess Royal Island - Vancouver

Your voyage ends in the Gitga’at community of Hartley Bay, where you will have time to walk the boardwalk trail to the lake, or visit the community big house prior to departing by floatplane to Prince Rupert. On arrival, you transfer to your group flight for Vancouver.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This small group safari is limited to approximately 14 travellers for an intimate experience.

 2017 Departures  Prices 
 Aug 20-Sep 3  From £4,795 per person
 Sep 3-11  From £4,795 per person
 Sep 11-19  From £4,795 per person
 Sep 19-27  From £4,795 per person

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