Escape the noise of modern life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the remote wilderness on this adventure into the Great Bear Rainforest of Northern BC, the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. Here you will get a glimpse into the daily life of the mighty Grizzly. These magnificent giants roam the remote edges of the Knight Inlet feeding on sedge grass, seaweed, shellfish and salmon. Including a whale watching excursion to Telegraph Cove; the perfect setting for viewing and listening to Orca and other marine mammals, this vacation gives you an all access pass to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tour Activity Level – HIGH. This tour is considered active and requires participants to be able to embark and disembark off of a boat.
Enjoy the comforts of the coach and all the glory of summer as we depart the Okanagan this morning travelling over the Coquihalla to the Lower Mainland. Overnight at a local property Vancouver is an active and
*Depending on the size of the group, the transfer to Vancouver may be done by air in lieu of the motorcoach. You will be advised of the final itinerary closer to the date of departure.
Boarding the morning ferry to Vancouver Island we follow the scenic North Island Route (Hwy 19) which offers us spectacular views of jagged mountain peaks, far reaching forests and frequent wildlife sightings. Named the “Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago” we arrive in Port McNeill and our four night stay at the Haida Way Motor Inn. (D)
We have an early morning departure as we set sail to view the Grizzlies in their natural habitat. Situated in the lush Great Bear Rainforest, Knight Inlet caters to the wildlife enthusiast wishing unmatched viewing opportunities for grizzly bears. It is the middle of the Salmon Run and we are given the opportunity, from the safety and comfort of a specially designed bear viewing skiff, to watch as the grizzly bear seize their moment to feed along the exposed inlet beaches, chasing the fish around in the low tide, each using their own preferred fishing techniques to catch that perfect salmon. Arriving back at the hotel, the evening is spent at your leisure. (B, L)
Celebrated oceanographer Jacques Cousteau singled out Telegraph Cove as one of the best places in the world to view and enjoy Orcas (killer whales) in their natural environment. We will board a custom built whale watching boat and be guided through the passages that are brimming with wildlife. While orca are the primary viewing experience, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises and Pacific white-sided dolphins are regularly encountered and enjoyed. Lunch is served at the Killer Whale Café and there will be time to visit the quaint and historic community of Telegraph Cove before returning to Port McNeill. (B, L)
Today we step foot in a place that is becoming a global centre of First Nations culture. The tiny Village of Alert Bay may be small but it is huge in history, natural beauty and living traditions. Here we will be given a guided tour of U’mista Cultural Centre which houses one of the finest collections of historical artifacts and elaborately carved cedar masks depicting the Potlach Ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw People. We watch as stories are being told and life is being celebrated through dance before departing on an island tour with a local guide highlighting an ancient burial site, the world’s tallest totem pole, and other historical sites. (B, D)
Beginning our journey back to the mainland we stop in a community steeped in history. From 1888 to 1966, Cumberland was a bustling coal mining town. Enduring devastating mine explosions, two world wars and intense labour disputes, Cumberland remained a major centre for trade, shipping coal to markets worldwide. We visit the community and the Cumberland Museum before boarding the afternoon ferry. (B)
Today we return home via the Coquihalla with wonderful memories of a “trip of a lifetime”.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy: $25 penalty up to Jun 11 | 50% penalty Jun 12 – July 12 | No refund after July 12
Medical and Cancellation Insurance is recommended. Quote available upon request.
*Subject to change. *Frequent Traveler Redemptions limited to 4 per tour
*Not included: any meals not listed, incidentals, driver and tour director gratuity
August 12, 2018