Great Bear Rainforest Tours by Sail

Dates and Prices - Great Bear Rainforest Tours by Sail

 

Prices are per person and include all accommodation, fine meals, shore excursions and use of gear on board (including kayaks, fishing gear, sea boots, rain gear and more).

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Great Bear Rainforest Tours 2014

Vancouver Island, Gulf Is & southern Great Bear Rainforest Spring
This epic journey up the coast in spring explores the dry Gulf Islands and their wildflower meadows, the historic Inside Passage of Vancouver Island, the wild outer coast at Cape Caution (dividing line between the north and south coast), and the Great Bear Rainforest. Spring wildlife includes marine mammals, seabirds and possible bears. The scenery is incredible, and the sense of adventure as you travel from populated south to wild north is exciting.

  • Apr. 23 - 30
  • 8 days
  • 7 nights
  • CDN $2995    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Sidney, B.C. (Victoria) Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
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Great Bear Rainforest & Kitlope Spring Discovery (Spring wildlife time)
bear in spring Great Bear RainforestSpectacular journey through the fjords and down the coast's longest fjord into the Kitlope part of the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest on the planet. This is a place of exceptional beauty and ancient cultural history. Epic river estuaries, sailing through the coast mountains, and cultural sites that featured in the film Totem by the National Film Board of Canada.

Great Bear Rainforest Summer
Cruise through the channels and outer islands of the Great Bear Rainforest in early summer. Wildflowers bloom and bears are still on the green estuary meadows eating sedges.


Great Bear Rainforest Whales & Wild Isles (Summer)
on BC's Inside Passage. Features the whales and other wildlife as well as remote beaches and the rainforest. Not specifically focussed on bears.

  • Jul 30 - Aug 7
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $4850    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Prince Rupert, BC Return: Port McNeill, BC (on N. Vancouver Island)
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Great Bear Rainforest Autumn (Salmon run time)

   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - Photo Workshop and Photography Expedition Cruise

  • Grizzly bear with salmonAug 23 - Sep 2
    Whales & Bears Photo Workshop and Expedition Cruise
  • 11 days
  • 10 nights
  • CDN $6970    Convert*
    includes: 2-day photo workshop with Tim Vollmer and Dean Tatooles (an exceptional ratio of 2 instructors and 8 participants), all accommodations including 1 night hotel and 9 nights aboard the SV Maple Leaf, all shore excursions, meals and snacks, beverages including wine and beer aboard the ship, all instruction (one on one and lectures), and use of gear on board including optionally kayaks. Additional: $100 sustainability fee, and Canadian federal tax (5%), any optional tip for your crew. Maple Leaf will book flights for you to/from Vancouver for the start and end of the trip, and will bill you at cost.
  • Depart: Port McNeill, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for whales (such as orcas/killer whales, dolphins, humpback whales and other cetaceans), grizzly bears and salmon and the rainforest transitioning from summer to autumn. There is a low chance of seeing a spirit bear on this trip but a higher chance of killer whales (orcas).
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Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - aboard 70-foot schooner

  • Aug 24 - Sep 1
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $4800    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Port McNeill, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Excellent oppoprtunities for orcas/killer whales, humpback whales and other marine mammals (much better opportunity than most other departures for killer whales). This trip has a lower chance of viewing a spirit bear than Sep 4, 13, 18, and 23 departures.
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Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - aboard SV Maple Leaf

  • Sept. 4 - 12
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5200    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the Aug 23, Sep 27, and Oct 2 departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than trip 1 and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP - aboard SV Maple Leaf
  • Sept. 13 - 21
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5200    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the Aug 23, Sep 27, and Oct 2 departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than trip 1 and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - aboard 70-foot schooner
  • Sept. 18 - 26
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $4800    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the Aug 23, Sep 27, and Oct 2 departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than trip 1 and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - aboard SV Maple Leaf
  • Sept. 23 - Oct 1
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5200    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the Aug 23, Sep 27, and Oct 2 departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than trip 1 and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - aboard 70-foot schooner

  • Sep 27 - Oct 6
  • 10 days
  • 9 nights
  • CDN $5400    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Port McNeill, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Excellent oppoprtunities for orcas/killer whales, humpback whales and other marine mammals (much better opportunity than most other departures for killer whales). This trip has a lower chance of viewing a spirit bear than Sep 4, 13, 18, and 23 departures.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall - aboard SV Maple Leaf

  • Oct. 2 - 10
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5200    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Port McNeill, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Excellent oppoprtunities for orcas/killer whales, humpback whales and other marine mammals (much better opportunity than most other departures for killer whales). This trip has a lower chance of viewing a spirit bear than Sep 4, 13, 18, and 23 departures.
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See also our very special expedition with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Robert Bateman, June 19-27, 2014.

Trip dates, prices and itineraries are subject to change.

* Fares are payable in Canadian dollars. Price includes all accommodations, meals, shore excursions/guiding and use of gear on board including kayaks. Does not include a $100 sustainability fee or GST which are extra.

Great Bear Rainforest Tours 2015

Vancouver Island & the Great Bear Rainforest in Spring
Fjord in the Great Bear RainforestThis epic journey up the coast in spring explores the historic Inside Passage of Vancouver Island and its tiny communities, the wild outer coast at Cape Caution (dividing line between the north and south coast), and the Great Bear Rainforest. Spring wildlife here includes marine mammals (whales, seals, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises), seabirds and bears. The scenery is incredible, and the sense of adventure as you travel from populated south to wild north is exciting, as spring blooms in the Great Bear.

Great Bear Rainforest - Spring
grizzly bear in spring, great bear rainforestSpectacular journey through the islands and fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest. Epic river estuaries, sailing through the coast mountains, spring wildlife viewing typically includes marine mammals (whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions), sea and shore birds, and bears.

Great Bear Rainforest and Kitlope - Spring
Spectacular journey through the islands and fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest, including a journey down the Gardner Canal into the Kitlope, the largest, intact temperate rainforest on the planet. This spectacular area is unbelievably beautiful: you cruise right into the heart of the coast mountains ...by sea! Epic river estuaries, sailing, spring wildlife viewing typically includes marine mammals (whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions), sea and shore birds, and bears. Also includes a visit to some very special cultural sites, with the permission of Hennaaksiala elders, including one featured by the National Film Board of Canada.

Great Bear Rainforest and Kitlope - Early Summer
Spectacular journey through the islands and fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest, including a journey down the Gardner Canal into the Kitlope, the largest, intact temperate rainforest on the planet. This spectacular area is unbelievably beautiful: you cruise right into the heart of the coast mountains ...by sea! Epic river estuaries, sailing, spring wildlife viewing typically includes marine mammals (whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions), sea and shore birds, and bears. Also includes a visit to some very special cultural sites, with the permission of Hennaaksiala elders, including one featured by the National Film Board of Canada.

Great Bear Rainforest Whales & Wild Isles (Summer)Summer in the Great Bear Rainforest
on BC's Inside Passage. Features the whales and other wildlife as well as remote beaches and the rainforest. Not specifically focussed on bears.

  • Jul 24 - Aug 1
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5000    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, BC Return: Port McNeill, BC (on N. Vancouver Island)
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Great Bear Rainforest Autumn (Salmon run time)

   Great Bear Rainforest Late Summer / Early Autumn

  • Grizzly bear with salmonAug 17 - 25 Salmon, Whales & Bears
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5350    Convert*
  • Depart: Port McNeill, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for whales (such as orcas/killer whales, dolphins, humpback whales and other cetaceans), grizzly bears and salmon and the rainforest transitioning from summer to autumn. There is a lower chance of seeing a spirit bear on this trip but a higher chance of killer whales (orcas).
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Great Bear Rainforest Late Summer / Early Autumn

  • Aug 26 - Sep 3 Salmon, Whales & Bears
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5350    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Port McNeill, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for whales (such as orcas/killer whales, dolphins, humpback whales and other cetaceans), grizzly bears and salmon and the rainforest transitioning from summer to autumn. There is a lower chance of seeing a spirit bear on this trip but a higher chance of killer whales (orcas).
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Great Bear Rainforest in Fall Spirit bear

  • Sept. 5 - 13 Salmon, Whales & Bears
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5350    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Port McNeill, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the Aug 23, Sep 27, and Oct 2 departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than trips 1 & 2 and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall
  • Sept. 14 - 22 Photography trip
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5350    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the August departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than August departures and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall
  • Sept. 23 - Oct 1 Salmon, Whales & Bears
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5350    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Bella Bella, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals but much lower chance of orcas/killer whales than the August departures. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than the August departures and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island.
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   Great Bear Rainforest in Fall
  • Oct 2 - 10 Salmon, Whales & Bears
  • 9 days
  • 8 nights
  • CDN $5350    Convert*
    includes all shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.
  • Depart: Bella Bella, B.C.
  • Return: Nanaimo, B.C.
    This trip explores the fjords, islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest, including wildlife viewing, rainforest and beach explorations, natural history, remote village visits and cultural history. Excellent opportunities for grizzly bears, salmon and other wildlife that feeds on salmon. Also the possibility of humpback whales and other marine mammals including possible orcas/killer whales. This trip has a better chance of viewing a spirit bear than the August departures and includes a visit to a remote bear viewing stand in spirit bear country, at Gribbell Island. This trip includes the southern part of the Great Bear Rainforest to Sonora Island and then the inside passage of Vancouver Island to Nanaimo.
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