Great Bear Rainforest

Embark on a North American Safari In the Fall

Follow magnificent runs of wild salmon to the home of black, grizzly, and the elusive white-furred spirit bear.

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Journey to a Fabled Land of Fjords and Estuaries

The Last Stand of North American Rainforest

Explore the wild and remote regions of the central coast of British Columbia on a Great Bear Rainforest tour in the Autumn. The fall months bring the return of the salmon and with it a feeding frenzy to be witnessed. Whales, marine mammals, marine birds, bears and more all gather in this region to feast on the bountiful salmon that have returned to spawn in the rivers. Witness the rare spirit bear at a salmon stream or see a mother grizzly teach her cub how to catch a salmon in a major river estuary.

Great Bear Rainforest tours set out to explore fjordlands, remote islands, river estuaries, and west coast beaches. Get to know the intricate and complex temperate rainforest and the species that thrive here, with expert guides and an informative naturalist whose knowledge of the natural history will be shared with you. 

Itinerary Details
  • Ships: Maple Leaf, Swell, Cascadia
  • Duration: 8 or 9 Days
  • Ports: Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Bella Bella
  • Includes a Canadian Geographic Itinerary

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  • Great Bear Rainforest Free Hotel 2024

    Spend a night in Bella Bella!

    Enjoy a complimentary hotel stay in Bella Bella when you book a Great Bear Rainforest adventure on one of these dates: Aug 31-Sep 8 (Swell or Maple Leaf) or Sep 18-26 (Swell or Maple Leaf). Hotel night is on Sep 8 and Sep 17. Approx value $250.

    Qualifying Trips

    Great Bear Rainforest
    Terms and Conditions

    Hotel night is for the date destignated only, not any other nights. Includes hotel room and taxes. Does not include food or transporation, which is available to you to purchase.

What People Say

See what our guests have to say about our Great Bear Rainforest tours.

    “What a magical and awe-inspiring adventure!”

    Jane Robinson, Vancouver, BC

    “I can’t believe we’re already at the end of our wonderful week on the central coast; I had no concept, a the beginning, of the riches we would see. Thank you! -and for the wonderful meals- I could go on and on! I look forward to another trip sometime in the future.”

    – Gillian Hodge, Maple Ridge, BC

    “This ‘journey’ was beyond expectation. The natural environment to which we were introduced is beyond belief and will stay with me for the rest of my life. I hope that the knowledge we have learned will spread far and wide and enable this area of Canada to remain totally unchanged.”

    Mo Tipples, Manitoba

    “Truly magical!  This trip was as fabulous as I had hoped.  The crew; always smiling, always considerate, always a great sense of humour.”

    Marilyn Samuels, Calgary, AB

Highlights

Explore Wildlife, Natural Wonder, and Human History

Home to grizzlies, coastal wolves and the mysterious white Spirit Bear. Our tours are timed for peak natural events.

Remarkable Wildlife

Experience remarkable wildlife, from whales and bears to marine birds and colourful intertidal life

Land of the Spirit Bear

Seen when lucky in their natural habitat, with expert, Indigenous guides.

Indigenous Culture

Ancient human history and modern First Nations culture with local hosts.

Incredible Landscapes

Cruising and exploring granite fjords, west-coast beaches, and natural hot springs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about our Great Bear Rainforest itineraries. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more general trip and booking information.

To reach Prince Rupert, Kitimat, or Bella Bella you can fly Pacific Coastal Airlines through Vancouver airport (YVR). For flights arriving into Kitimat or Bella Bella, we will arrange to pick you up at the airport and shuttle you to the ship. If you are ending in Kitimat or Bella Bella, transport is arranged back to the airport along with other guests on your tour. For guests arriving into Prince Rupert airport, you will need to collect your luggage and load it onto the luggage vehicle before you board a separate shuttle. Both vehicles will drive you to the ferry and cross to downtown Prince Rupert drop off. Collect your luggage and taxi to the marina (contact information for taxi companies is provided to you before your tour).

Our schedule is designed to accommodate incoming flights on the day of departure and most guests will arrive on the day. But, if you would like to arrive a little early to avoid the stress of possible flight delays, you will find recommendations for local hotels and activities in your welcome aboard package.

Fall brings mild temperatures to the Great Bear Rainforest, averaging 10-15°C (50-59°F) with occasional rain. The region’s temperate rainforest thrives in this season, showcasing its vibrant colours. Be prepared with waterproof clothing and layers for changing weather conditions and check local forecasts before your trip for the most up-to-date information.

One of the peak seasons to visit the Great Bear Rainforest is during the Fall, specifically from late August to October. This period coincides with the salmon run, when millions of salmon return to the rivers to spawn. This natural phenomenon attracts a wide range of wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears, and the rare white Spirit Bear, all gathering along the coast to feast on the abundant salmon. It’s important to note that the Great Bear Rainforest experiences a temperate climate, which means it can be visited year-round. However, if you specifically want to witness the salmon run and maximize your chances of seeing bears, Fall is an ideal time to plan your visit.

Spirit bears live in the Great Bear Rainforest year-round. The best time for the opportunity to view a spirit bear is after the rains have come in autumn. This means you should plan to come in September or October. It’s important to note that this is a rare bear that lives in an extremely rugged, mountainous environment. We do not guarantee that you will see a spirit bear, even in September and October. But because we know the area so well, we have an excellent track record.

If you don’t care about that (or you are a betting person, knowing that at least 50% of the time people see spirit bears in late August), but you do want to be sure to have a good chance to view grizzly bears, then you can come in August as well.

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