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Steve Pressman: Zodiac


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Home Alaska & Northern Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C.

Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C.

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. 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 wilderness voyage into the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the earth’s most magnificent—and most at-risk—natural realms.

Trip Highlights

  • On our exclusive bear cruise aboard a private sailing ketch, 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 play as we meander 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.

  1. A Private Chartered Boat for the Best Wildlife Encounters
    Our itinerary is designed to facilitate close-up wildlife viewing in a secluded environment. Our boat-based exploration of the Great Bear Rainforest means we stop each night at a different anchorage with no one else around. Surrounded by undisturbed wilderness, we’ll listen for the howl of wolves and watch for whales, porpoises and sea lions that frequently appear alongside our sailing ketch. 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.
  2. Small Groups for the Most Intimate Nature Exploration
    With a maximum of just 12 guests, you’ll enjoy the intimacy of our private ship (which holds 14), the full attention of our staff, and, most importantly, quieter and more personal nature experiences. 
  3. Remote Private Kayaking Excursions
    Enjoy quiet paddling opportunities in secluded inlets with no other visitors in sight. 
  4. 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.
  5. Our Quality–Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Nature Adventure
    Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  6. 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% offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  7. 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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