Great Bear Rainforest Tours by Sail

Sample Itinerary - Great Bear Rainforest Spring

Great BearNote that, as with all expedition cruises, itineraries vary depending on the interests of the guests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. These sample itineraries are meant to give you an idea of the typical trip.

Trip 1: Vancouver Island to Great Bear Rainforest

Day 1 Board Maple Leaf at Campbell River. Cruising
the Discovery Islands through Seymour Narrows. Wildlife viewing, evening beach walk or kayaking.

Day 2-3 Cruising Johnstone Srait and the Broughton
Archipelago. Watch for dolphins and other marine
mammals. Rainforest walk and coasal village exploration.
First Nations cultural centre visit.

Day 4-5 Cruise the wild outer coast, Cape Caution,
Fitzhugh Sound and the central Great Bear Rainforest
inlets and meadows. Shore trips on west coast beach,
coastal bog forest trail, rainforest. Watch for sea otters,
seabirds, humpback whales, grizzly and black bears.

Day 6-7 Visit small fishing port of Namu. Shore exploration
throughout the coastal fjordland, rainforest
walks highlighting the climate change from the dry
south to the moist north. Possible hot springs visit.

Day 8 Cruising to Bella Bella, watching for wildlife.

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Trip 2: Great Bear Rainforest Spring

Cruise through the fjords and islands as the days
lengthen and the wildflower meadows bloom.
You’ll cruise the coast’s fjordlands to spectacular,
mountain-ringed anchorages, hotsprings, meadows,
river valleys and rainforests, as wildlife and
new growth rejuvenate the area in spring.

Day 1 Board Maple Leaf, orientation,
cruise into Fjordland viewing spectacular
mountains and waterfalls. Rainforest walk.

Day 2 Visit great Fjordland river estuaries, wild
flower meadows, bear habitat. Possible
bear viewing.

Day 3 Visit First Nations community of Klemtu,
including guided tour and conversations at
big house, example of First Nations
artistry, culture and architecture.

Day 4 Mainland inlet, bear viewing,
rainforest walk, waterfalls, inside passage
cruising, hot springs visit.

Day 5 Visit coastal community, sailing down
whale channel, viewing of marine
mammals including whales and sea lions.
Visit remote whale research station and
speak with scientists. Cruise to west coast
beach and explore.

Day 6 Sailing the outer coast, exploring remote
islands. Intertidal life, whales, seabirds,
beaches.

Day 7 Exploring north coast wolf habitat, cruising
from outer coast to inner coast, rainforest
walk.

Day 8 Cruising to Kitimat, wildlife viewing.

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Sample Itinerary - Great Bear Rainforest & Kitlope

Great BearNote that, as with all expedition cruises, itineraries vary depending on the interests of the guests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. These sample itineraries are meant to give you an idea of the typical trip.

Travel down the coast’s longest, most spectacular
fjord into the worlds largest intact temperate
rainforest, the Kitlope.

Day 1 Board Maple Leaf at Kitamaat Village, orientation,
cruising into the Great Bear Rainforest, watching for marine mammals and birds. Anchorage at remote hot springs.

Day 2 Cruise to spectacular mainland inlet estuary popular with grizzly and black bears. Estuary meadow walk (wildflowers), learning about bear habitat, river exploration, look for bears.

Day 3 Morning exploration ashore, then cruising Whale Channel, an aptly named waterway popular with cetaceans. Visit whale research scientists at remote station. Marine mammal viewing (several species). Anchorage at remote island on west coast. Beachcombing, hike to view, beach fire.

Day 4 Return to mainland waterways between steep islands, through channel popular with whales. Enter Gardner Canal, the longest fjord on the coast. This waterway seems like remote wilderness but is filled with the stories and history of the Henaaksiala people, and around every turn is a new story, including some sasquatch stories, and Monkey Beach.

Day 5 Sail deep into the coast mountains, leaving the outside world behind as the fjord snakes past 4,000-foot peaks to the Kitlope. Go ashore in the vast Kitlope estuary for the amazing tale of the G'psgolox pole. Explore the river and the estuary.

Day 6 Cruise to Kowesas to explore ashore and then Kemaano. Cruise to hot springs.

Day 7 Cruise to Kitamaat, watching for wildlife.

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Sample Itinerary - Great Bear Rainforest Tours by Sail - SUMMER


west coast summerEnjoy the full bloom of early summer in the Great Bear Rainforest. Bears feast on sedges in river estuaries before moving upland for summer berries, long daylight hours provide plenty of time for exploration of west coast beaches, rain- forest and islands. (For Kitlope, see next itinerary)

Day 1 Board Maple Leaf, orientation, cruising Douglas Channel, wildlife viewing.

Day 2 Hot springs, cruising to west coast, whale viewing, visit with whale researchers.

Day 3 West coast beaches exploration and sailing, wildlife viewing.

Day 4 Mainland inlet, bear viewing, rainforest walk, waterfalls. Optional evening kayak.

Day 5 Visit community of Klemtu, including guided tour and conversations at big house, example of First Nations artistry, culture and architecture.

Day 6 Fjords, estuary bear viewing.

Day 7 Fjords, rainforest walk, visit with biologists at field station.

Day 8 Cruising to port, wildlife viewing.

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Sample Itinerary - Summer Great Bear Whales & Wild Isles

Note that, as with all expedition cruises, itineraries vary depending on the interests of the guests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. These sample itineraries are meant to give you an idea of the typical trip. This sailing does not have an emphasis on bears.

Dolphins visit the Maple LeafDay 1 Board Maple Leaf, orientation, cruising inside passage channels to island anchorage. Beach exploration.

Day 2 Sailing the outer coast. Going ashore on wild islands, exploring intertidal life, sailing the schooner Maple Leaf.

Day 3 Humpback whale viewing, visit with whale researchers, hot springs.

Day 4 Inner islands rainforest and wildflower exploration. Visit village of Klemtu.

Day 5 Sailing to remote island group, sea otter viewing, seabird viewing, beach combing, optional evening kayak.

Day 6 Cruising the outer islands, scenic coastal hike with a view.

Day 7 Rounding Cape Caution, whale watching, entering Queen Charlotte Strait.

Day 8 Killer whale viewing, sea lion viewing, rainforest hike.

Day 9 Cruising to Port McNeill.

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Sample Itinerary - Great Bear Rainforest Tours by Sail - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

9-day / 8 night trip
Note that, as with all expedition cruises, itineraries vary depending on the interests of the guests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. These sample itineraries are meant to give you an idea of the typical trip. This sailing does not have an emphasis on bears.

spirit bear tour great bear rainforestDay 1 Board Maple Leaf, orientation, cruising. Island anchorage, river exploration, and learning about the ‘salmon forest’.

Day 2 Beach walk. Cruising into Fjordland. Massive waterfalls, spectacular inlet*, pictographs, estuary exploration and search for bears.

Day 3 Cruising to one of the leading grizzly bear havens. Extended watching for griz- zly bears. Optional evening kayak, fish ing, art.

Day 4 Morning shore walk, visit First Nations village, Klemtu. Big House tour by village guide. Intertidal life. Fjord anchorage.

Day 5 Exploring coastal river by zodiac. Forest walk. Sea lion and black or grizzly bear viewing. Nature hike. Hot springs.

Day 6 Spirit bear island anchorage. Full day on shore at spirit bear viewing stands with our Gitga'at friends and guides at Gribbell Island. Evening: Whale Channel, humpback whale watching. Optional kayak.

Day 7 Sailing down coastal channel, Island anchorage, cultural site visit. Optional evening kayak.

Day 8 Outer coast beach exploration, sailing and cruising the western waters, whale viewing, shore trips.

Day 9 Cruising to port.

Further sample itineraries are available in the brochure (PDF) - in the margin to your right.

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6-day / 5 night trip (Oct 2015)

Note: This trip, being shorter, has longer stretches of cruising between the shore excursions.

Note that, as with all expedition cruises, itineraries vary depending on the interests of the guests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. These sample itineraries are meant to give you an idea of the typical trip. This sailing includes a planned visit to the spirit bear viewing area.

Day 1 Board your ship, orientation, cruising. Island anchorage, river walk exploration, learning about the 'salmon forest'. Welcome dinner.

Day 2 Cruising the spectacular mainland coast, past waterfalls and mountains that rise from the sea. Whale watching. Exploring mainland inlet and estuarine ecosystem, focus of wildlife in this season.

Day 3 Cruising Princess Royal Channel. Mainland inlet popular with grizzly bears. River and meadow exploration, bear viewing. Evening hot springs soak.

Day 4 Visit to island with high frequency of spirit bears. Planned day at viewing stands, cruising to new inlet.

Day 5 Rainforest trail walk, whale watching, cruising. Visit to village of Klemtu. Tour of spectacular big house and learning about living on the coast and the Kitasoo Xai'Xais history and culture here. Optional evening kayak.

Day 6 Watching for wildlife as you return to Bella Bella.

Note: Some place names have been omitted from the sample itinerary to protect the wildlife.