Great Bear Rainforest Expedition - Kayak a Remote Paradise
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ENTER THE WILD CENTRAL COAST WITH US... This tour offers you a chance to paddle one of the most unspolit and unique kayak routes in North America. It combines travel through an area teeming with wildlife along with excellent paddling amongst the beautiful outer islands of the Great Bear Rainforest.
THE AREA... We start and end this tour in Bella Bella, located on the Central Coast of BC (a 2.5-hour flight from Vancouver). The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world which means camping amongst giant sitka spruce trees, ancient red cedars and western hemlocks that are nothing short of awe inspiring. The area’s cold water and great tidal exchanges - not to mention healthy kelp forests - provide for ample oxygen in the water, supporting an incredible diversity of sea life from tiny shore creatures to majestic whales, dolphins and porpoises.
THE TOUR... This tour aims to help you experience the best and most beautiful parts of this area by kayak. Bella Bella is a great location for starting our journey and, from here, we explore the intricate shoreline, beautiful long beaches and windswept islands making our way towards Calvert Island. The water taxi transport back to Bella Bella on our last tour day means we see somewhere new and different every day of our journey, making the most of your time in the Great Bear Rainforest.
NO BACKTRACKING & SCENIC WATER TAXI RIDE... Explore somewhere new each day! The Great Bear Rainforest area includes too many amazing places to explore in one trip – but in order to make the most of your time here we make use of a water taxi shuttle as part of our tour so we don’t need to spend time backtracking. This also allows us to get off the beaten track, exploring some of the more remote areas and islands (weather and group permitting of course).
CAMPING AMONG STUNNING ISLANDS... There are so many beautiful places to stay, you will be hard pressed to choose a favourite campsite. Each site has unique attributes either tucked in amongst towering forests, atop ancient village sites or overlooking wildlife-rich waters. This is a true expedition-style trip, which means we will move from camp to camp each day.
WHAT’S COOKING?... Spirit of the West Adventures considers food to be a very important part of your tour. From our wild sockeye salmon dinner to our chocolate fondue and home baking for desserts, there are few camp menus that compare to the one you will experience on this tour. We have a wonderful kitchen crew who ensure all dietary needs and restrictions are met, providing creative culinary alternatives that will please vegetarians, vegans, gluten and wheat-free diets, and those with various allergies and food sensitivities. Of course the food is hearty, healthy, full of flavour and fun.
THE PADDLING... We will traverse both the relatively open waters of Hakai Passage, Kildidt Sound as well as the more protected islands of the and islets in one of the most stunning seascapes around. This area has been featured in many documentaries and publications and is part of one of the largest protected areas on the coast because of its stunning beauty.
Our adventures are suitable for everyone and are designed to cater to all levels of experience and fitness. For those new to kayaking and or camping we help to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected.
Our groups are small, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Our guides who have extensive training and experience are experts at helping you to experience the natural and cultural history of the area, all the while ensuring your fun and safety. We provide everything you need for the adventure including high-quality kayaks, paddling and camping equipment. Join us for a once in a lifetime kayaking adventure.
Day 1: From Bella Bella Into The Great Bear SeaGreat Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Meet your guides in Bella Bella in the heart of BC’s Central Coast. We will meet at the BC Ferries dock in McLoughlin Bay. Here we will sort out gear and prepare for our adventure. We will begin with an orientation to the kayaks and gear, learning efficient paddling techniques and safety procedures. Once everyone is comfortable with their boats we’ll launch for our first strokes in the Great Bear Sea.
Day 2 To 7: Explore And Kayak The Outer IslandsGreat Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
This is a beautiful area to paddle and we work with the conditions and remain open to adventure. Each day, your guides will assess the weather, tides, and sea state to determine the destination for the day. Flexibility is key. We plan to begin the trip by heading south and west among the Dodwells, Tribal Group and McMullins before reaching the remote Goose Group Islands (weather depending). Moving southeast we’ll enter the spectacular islands and beaches of the Hakai Conservancy, continuing in the direction of Calvert Island.
Day 8: Exciting Journey Back To Bella BellaGreat Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
We will meet a water taxi this morning for transport back to Bella Bella. We expect to arrive in Bella Bella by midday, allowing us time for a quick visit to the village before either heading to the airport to catch an afternoon flight back to Vancouver or departing by BC Ferries. If flying, you can expect to be back in Vancouver between 3 and 5pm, or if travelling with BC Ferries you’ll arrive in Port Hardy at 11:30pm. (Please note these times were correct at time of publication - please double check before planning your travel).
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