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Great Bear Rainforest

Explore British Columbia's spectacular coast

Pricing From: $4 USD per person

Duration: 10 days

Operator: Maple Leaf Adventures

The Great Bear Rainforest is a pristine land of fjords, rainforest and protected island channels. It is home to significant populations of grizzly bears, black bears and the rare, white Spirit bear. On the schooner Maple Leaf, cruise the fjords to key bear viewing sites.

Humpbacksorcas and dolphins often feed beside us as we sail. You can float in a zodiac to watch bears eat, play, and teach their cubs. Learn about the rainforest from the ship’s naturalist and explore wild beaches and hot springs.

ITINERARY

Note About The Great Bear Rainforest Sailing Tour

Note that with expedition cruises, itineraries often vary depending on factors such as the interests of the guests and the weather. This sample itinerary will give you an idea of the typical Great Bear trip.

Day 1 - Maple Leaf Orientation

Guests will board the Maple Leaf schooner and get an orientation on sailing. We'll explore nearby rivers and learn about the ‘salmon forest’.

Day 2 - Great Bear Exploration

Our boat will cruise into Fjordland where we can take a beach walk and visit massive waterfalls. Go up a Fjord inlet, view pictographs, explore an estuary, and search for grizzly bears.

Day 3 - Coastal Fjords

Cruising along great coastal fjords. We'll watch for grizzly bears and spirit bears. There will be an optional evening kayak excursion, as well as fishing.

Day 4 - Klemtu First Nations Village

Today, take a morning shore walk and visit the First Nations village of Klemtu. Take a tour of a Big House tour with a village resident. Explore the intertidal ocean life. 

Day 5 - Wildlife Viewing & More

Explore coastal rivers by zodiac. Take a forest walk. We'll look out for sea lions, bears, and other wildlife. Other options are a nature hike and hot springs.

Day 6 - Spirit Bear Viewing

We'll anchor at Spirit Bear Island and watch for Spirit Bears. We'll pass through the Whale Channel looking for humpback whales. Optional evening kayak tour.

Day 7 - Sailing the Great Bear Coast

We'll sail down a coastal channel and visit a cultural site. Optional evening kayak tour.

Day 8 - Beach Exploration

Today we can explore beaches, go fishing, and more. 

Day 9 - Fitzhugh Sound

The Maple Leaf will cruise through Fitzhugh Sound and Queen Charlotte Strait. Along the way, there will be whale viewing and shore trips.

Day 10 - Port McNeill

Today, we'll cruise back to Port McNeill.

Prices & Dates

Dates: April - September

Duration: 10 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Pricing From: $4 USD per person

Included: All shore excursions, meals, accommodation and use of gear on board.

Conservation

Benefitting Organization:

Raincoast Conservation Foundation - A team of conservationists and scientists empowered by research to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.

By booking this trip through SEEtheWILD, we will make a donation of $150 to Raincoast for their bear conservation efforts.

Featured Animals: Grizzly

Images

A spirit bear crossing a stream in the forest of British Columbia
© Kevin J. Smith / Maple Leaf Adventures
Curious grizzly bear in Canada
© Maple Leaf Adventures
Dolphins bow riding with the Maple Leaf
© Kevin J. Smith / Maple Leaf Adventures
Mother grizzly with her cub
© Paul Smith / Maple Leaf Adventures
Coastal view of the Great Bear Rainforest
© Kevin J. Smith / Maple Leaf Adventures
Maple Leaf anchored along the British Columbia coast
© Kevin J. Smith / Maple Leaf Adventures

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