1: Welcome aboard in Haisla territory, cruising to evening anchorage, watching for whales. Evening rainforest walk before dinner.
2: Cruising down a spectacular, long fjord, where granite mountains rise from thousands of feet below in the sea. Viewing waterfalls and possible mountain goats. Exploring ashore in estuary meadows, where some bears spend their days in the autumn. Learning about the daily life of bears, and the salmon cycle. Optional evening kayaking.
3: Bear viewing among the fjords. Learning the indigenous history and stories of special sites in the region. Cruising the Great Bear’s island channels. Visit to village of Hartley Bay for a big house tour and cultural introduction by local guide.
4: Cruising Whale Channel region, a critical habitat for several species of whales. Whale viewing. Visit whale researchers at remote station. Sea lion viewing. Island anchorage.
5: Visit the Great Bear Rainforest’s wild outer islands and beaches. Beach visit and hike to views over the Pacific ocean. Kayaking or optional fishing. Cruising to and exploring archipelago of tiny islands, some areas so wild they’re not yet fully charted. Seabird viewing.
6: Rainforest walk and salmon spawning stream. Cruising to historic cannery site of Butedale on Princess Royal Island. Optional hike to lake.
7: Visit island known as the epicentre of spirit bears with local guides as well as Cascadia’s bear guides. Full day at viewing site for the best opportunity to view a spirit bear. Last night celebration dinner and events.
8: Cruising to Kitimat, watching for wildlife.
You can find information about each day, by clicking on a number.
Note that as with all expedition cruises, the itinerary may change based on weather, wildlife activity, and interests of the guests. This itinerary is to give you a general idea of the trip.
|Date||Price CAD*||# of Nights||Start Port||End Port||Ship|
|Date: Sep 12 - 19||Price CAD: $11050, $12850, $14650||# of Nights: 7 nights, 8 days||Start Port: Kitimat||End Port: Kitimat||Ship: Cascadia|
|Date: Aug 26 - Sep 02||Price CAD: $11050, $12850, $14650||# of Nights: 7 nights, 8 days||Start Port: Kitimat||End Port: Kitimat||Ship: Cascadia|
|Date: Sep 20 - 27||Price CAD: $11050, $12850, $14650||# of Nights: 7 nights, 8 days||Start Port: Kitimat||End Port: Kitimat||Ship: Cascadia|
|Date: Oct 06 - 13||Price CAD: $11050, $12850, $14650||# of Nights: 7 nights, 8 days||Start Port: Kitimat||End Port: Bella Bella||Ship: Cascadia|
|Date: Sep 28 - Oct 05||Price CAD: $11050, $12850, $14650||# of Nights: 7 nights, 8 days||Start Port: Kitimat||End Port: Kitimat||Ship: Cascadia|
Journey into one of Earth’s greatest wild places. Robert Kennedy Jr. calls it “the last stand of the great North American rainforest”.
It is a land of fjords, mountains, rainforests, and great river estuaries. It is home to grizzlies, wolves and the mysterious white Spirit Bear. Maple Leaf’s trips are timed for peak experiences of natural beauty and wildlife.
This trip is during the salmon run, when bears and other wildlife are on the coast.
-- Special Features --
- Cruising and exploring granite fjords.
- Opportunity to view grizzly bears, black bears and spirit bears in their natural habitat, with expert guides.
- Seasonal highlights with naturalists: wildflower meadows in spring, salmon spawning in autumn.
- Whales and other marine mammals populate the protected waters.
- Ancient human history and modern First Nations culture with local hosts.
- Other wild highlights such as west-coast beaches, natural hot springs.
- Exploring the ancient rainforest – the largest tracts in the world, without roads.
F. Shirley Ontario, CanFrom our first inquiries to the final docking, our trip has been first class all the way.
Chuck Cole Washington, USAAn unbelievable experience with the most dedicated and involved crew I’ve ever experienced. Every day was ‘magical’. The bar for my next adventure
Jane Robinson Vancouver, BCWhat a magical and awe-inspiring adventure!