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Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of BC

An Intimate Discovery of Canada's Inside Passage & Great Bear Rainforest Aboard a Private Sailboat
9 Days From $8995 (+internal air)
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 pale 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 Gitga’at guides, First Nations people who have lived among them for millennia. Here, too, are grizzlies and wolves, and bald eagles nest in the tops of ancient conifers while deer and elk browse in the undergrowth. 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 Earth’s most magnificent—and most at-risk—natural realms.
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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Pristine Coastal Rain ForestOn our exclusive bear cruise aboard a privately chartered sailboat, explore the world’s largest remaining tract of virgin temperate rain forest
  • See More with Local GuidesSearch for rare white spirit bears, grizzlies, black bears and wolves with resident Gitga'at guides who know the Great Bear Rainforest intimately
  • View Abundant Marine LifeWatch humpback whales breach and feed as we weave through the sheltered waters of some of the most remote coastal wilderness on Earth

No Better Way to Explore the Great Bear Rainforest in Depth

Most visitors who travel the Inside Passage along the wild BC coast do so aboard large cruise ships, missing this secluded realm entirely. And those who come to search for spirit bears usually stay on shore in lodges, requiring vehicle travel to trailheads. In contrast, we maximize your solitude in the Canadian wilderness, with diverse wildlife encounters you won't get any other way.

  1. A Private Chartered Sailboat for Solitude & Flexibility
    Our sailboat stops each night at a different secluded anchorage, surrounded by undisturbed wilderness. Most visitors stay at lodges where more people, vehicles, light and noise are part of the experience. Depending on tides, weather and location of wildlife, each day offers a choice of hidden coves and rain forest trails to explore. And by chartering a boat, we have flexibility to pursue the best wildlife experiences.
  2. A Small Group Ensures Intimate Nature Exploration
    Enjoy the intimacy of our private sailing yacht, with a maximum of just 12 guests (though the boat holds 14). You'll get the full attention of our Expedition Leader and 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. The only thing breaking the silence is the drip of the water from your paddle. 
  4. Expert Naturalists & Guides
    Our naturalist Expedition Leader provides in-depth interpretation of this region's rich natural history. The ship's captain and crew are intimately familiar with these fjords and forests and are adept at spotting wildlife. We also spend a day with an indigenous Gitga’at guide in search of spirit bears. Though the bears are elusive, our local guide knows where they have been 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 Nat Hab as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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