In the remote valleys of the Coast Range on Canada’s far western edge, the planet's oldest and tallest trees rise along salmon-studded rivers that rush to the Pacific. Thousand-year-old cedars and Sitka spruce soaring 350 feet into the rain clouds provide shelter for the pale spirit bear of Native legend. Just a few hundred of these 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 atop ancient conifers while deer and elk browse the undergrowth. Humpback whales and porpoises ply the jade-green fjords. We join them as we sail a maze of inlets in BC's Inside Passage—a wilderness voyage into the Great Bear Rainforest, one of Earth’s most magnificent, pristine and at-risk natural realms.
Exclusive Access Via Private YachtAboard our privately chartered sailboat, explore remote reaches of the world’s largest remaining tract of virgin temperate rain forest
See More Wildlife with Local GuidesSearch for rare spirit bears, grizzlies and wolves with indigenous Gitga'at residents who know the Great Bear Rainforest intimately
Humpback Whales at Close RangeWatch humpback whales feed and breach as we weave through the sheltered waters of some of the most pristine 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, our exclusive bear cruise maximizes your solitude in the Canadian wilderness, with diverse wildlife encounters you won't get any other way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Focus on First Nations & Conservation
The Tshimshian, Haisla, and Heiltsuk First Nations people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. We will learn about their cultures and how important this remote and pristine wilderness is to them and their future generations. Conservationists and First Nations have been actively working together to protect this region as it contains the largest remaining untouched temperate rain forest on the Pacific Coast.
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.
Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
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 Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Read what travelers are saying about our British Columbia spirit bear tour:4.9 average rating out of 18 reviews
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