Priced from $5,075 CAD Days: 8
The shores of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is a richly biodiverse region that is home to black bears, grizzly bears, Orca whales, humpback whales, eagles, ravens, wolves, salmon, beavers, deer, and wolverines. It is also the only place on Earth where the elusive Spirit Bear lives. The Spirit Bear, or Kermode, is a black bear with a rare genetic mutation that makes its fur transluscent white. The local First Nations people of the region, who serve as guides on this trip, consider the Spirit Bear to be sacred. One of the Tsimshians' myths says that "Raven made one in every ten bears white to remind the people of the time when glaciers covered this land."
Check out our Spirit Bear Lodge of the Great Bear Rainforest tour!
On this truly unique 8 day trip, we explore the inlets, bays, estuaries and old-growth forest aboard a 68" ketch, as well as by kayak and on foot. Our knowledgeable captain and local guides will take us to the areas where we are most likely to spot wildlife, including the Spirit Bear.
We hike the cathedral-like old growth forest, where trees are so large it takes sixteen people to encircle their trunks. We kayak in the crystal clear waters full of huge star fish, we float along the largest kelp forests in the world, we duck under water falls from glaciers, and we spot ancient First Nations carvings tucked into the trees along the shore. We visit a bear stand inland at the mouth of a river, where we have opportunities for some of the best wildlife photography in the world.
Aboard our sailboat, whales often follow our boat playfully. "I have looked into the blow hole of a humpback," says International Wildlife Adventures Director Susie Green. "This trip is so moving it makes grown men sob in awe and wonder."
Read Susie Green's blog of her recent Spirit Bear cruise
See pictures from other travelers: Spirit Bear trip pictures