Sherry Kirkvold: Straddling spirit bear, Grizzly Bears Melissa Scott: Spirit Bear, White Mom & black cub, Kayaking trio, Whale and Island Roamer Mark Hickey: Island Roamer, Tree hide, Zodiac excursion, spirit bear
Steve Pressman: Zodiac
An Intimate Discovery of Canada's Inside Passage & Great Bear Rainforest Aboard a Private Sailboat
In the wild valleys of the Coast Range on Canada’s far western edge, some of the planet’s oldest and tallest trees rise along salmon-studded rivers that rush to the Pacific. Thousand-year-old cedars and Sitka spruce that soar into the clouds provide shelter for the white spirit bear of Native legend. Just a few hundred of these rare bears live in this isolated wilderness, and we go in search of them with local Haida guides. Here, too, are grizzlies and wolves, and eagles nest in ancient branches. At sea, humpback whales ply the jade-green fjords. We join them as we sail a maze of inlets on the central British Columbia coast—a voyage into the wild Great Bear Rainforest, one of the Earth’s most magnificent—and most at-risk—natural realms.
On our exclusive bear cruise aboard a private sailboat, explore the world’s largest remaining tract of virgin temperate rain forest
Search for rare white spirit bears, grizzlies, black bears and wolves with expert guides who know the Great Bear Rainforest intimately
Watch humpback whales breach and feed as we weave through the sheltered waters of some of the most remote coastal wilderness on Earth
We Offer a Better Way to See the Great Bear Rainforest
Though the wilderness of the central British Columbia coast is remote by any standard, more travelers are discovering the world’s last great expanse of temperate rain forest, and its most mystical inhabitant: the elusive white spirit bear. Most visitors who travel the Inside Passage do so aboard large cruise ships, missing this secluded realm entirely. And those who do come to see the spirit bear usually stay on shore in lodges, requiring vehicle travel to trailheads. We take a different approach, designed to enhance your solitude in the Canadian wild and promote an experience of oneness with this remote realm and its wild inhabitants.
A Private Chartered Boat for the Best Wildlife Encounters
Our itinerary is designed to facilitate close-up wildlife viewing in a secluded environment. On our sailboat-based journey into the Great Bear Rainforest, we stop each night at a different secluded anchorage. Surrounded by undisturbed wilderness, we’ll listen for the howl of wolves and watch for whales, porpoises and sea lions that frequently appear alongside us. Most visitors stay at lodges where more people, vehicles, light and noise pollution are all part of the experience—but not for us. Depending on tides, weather and location of wildlife, each foray into this region is a little different, with a multitude of hidden coves and rain forest trails to explore. The fact that we charter our boat allows us the flexibility to make itinerary adjustments that provide the best possible wildlife experience on any given departure.
Sail Aboard a Brand-New Boat Debuting in 2017
We are excited to introduce a newly built sailboat, the S/V Island Solitude, coming online for the 2017 season. In fact, it's so new that we're still awaiting official photographs, which we'll be sharing details just as soon as we get them. In the meantime, see the artist's rendering on our accomodations page. This 83-foot-long sloop is 30 percent larger than the boat we previously chartered for this trip, yet it still carries a maximum of just 12 guests in private cabins with two lower beds (no more upper bunks) and en suite bathrooms.
Small Groups for the Most Intimate Nature Exploration With a maximum of just 12 guests, you’ll enjoy the intimacy of our private sailing yacht (which holds 14), the full attention of our staff, and, most importantly, quieter and more personal nature experiences.
Remote Private Kayaking Excursions Enjoy quiet paddling opportunities in secluded inlets with no other visitors in sight. The only thing to mar the silence of the wild is the drip of the water from your paddle.
Expert Naturalists & Guides Our highly trained NHA Expedition Leader, one of our top naturalists, is by your side to offer in-depth interpretation of the region's rich natural history. We're further fortunate to have the ship's experienced captain and staff who are also intimately familiar with these fjords and forests and their wild inhabitants. This collective expertise is integral to spotting wildlife. We also spend a day with a Gitga’at native guide who is intimately familiar with the spirit bear’s habitat and behavior, observing and monitoring them every day. Though the spirit bears are elusive, our local guide takes us to where they have been seen most recently, situating us for the best viewing opportunities. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
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Feel Good About the Way You Travel We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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