Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

For you, this is what it truly means to be wild. Your days are structured only by the slant of the sun’s rays, and how far you’ve managed to glide your way down the crystalline waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Here, the only sounds for miles may be the call of a raven and the gentle splash of your paddle blade breaking the surface. But you are far from alone.

Along with your Wild Women Sisters, you can feel the surrounding forest teeming with life.  The surrounding ocean also holds its own wonders – flitting dolphins and the heart-shaped breaths of humpback whales.

As you propel yourself through protected inlets, expansive coastlines, and tiny passageways with powerful tidal currents, your muscles ache with pleasure, while your mind blessedly unspools with the meditative motion of your strokes. Here, there is no work. No worry. Your eyes simply feast on the wondrous, tucked-away beauty of this place, while your nose and mouth fill with the lush forest air.

Passing through the traditional territories of the Heiltsuk First Nations, you can feel the reverence and power of this place. Each night you cast your tent upon a new shore on beaches dotted with shells. And you know how lucky you are to lie on that slip of sand at this moment in time. Give thanks to the stars. Give thanks to the sea. And then sleep deeply. Tomorrow’s adventure awaits.

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Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

For you, this is what it truly means to be wild. Your days are structured only by the slant of the sun’s rays, and how far you’ve managed to glide your way down the crystalline waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Here, the only sounds for miles may be the call of a raven and the gentle splash of your paddle blade breaking the surface. But you are far from alone.

Along with your Wild Women Sisters, you can feel the surrounding forest teeming with life.  The surrounding ocean also holds its own wonders – flitting dolphins and the heart-shaped breaths of humpback whales.

As you propel yourself through protected inlets, expansive coastlines, and tiny passageways with powerful tidal currents, your muscles ache with pleasure, while your mind blessedly unspools with the meditative motion of your strokes. Here, there is no work. No worry. Your eyes simply feast on the wondrous, tucked-away beauty of this place, while your nose and mouth fill with the lush forest air.

Passing through the traditional territories of the Heiltsuk First Nations, you can feel the reverence and power of this place. Each night you cast your tent upon a new shore on beaches dotted with shells. And you know how lucky you are to lie on that slip of sand at this moment in time. Give thanks to the stars. Give thanks to the sea. And then sleep deeply. Tomorrow’s adventure awaits.

ARRIVAL: (July 7th OR July 14th, 2019)

Plan to arrive in Shearwater (Bella Bella) the night before the kayak tour departs.  You will need to arrange to fly to Bella Bella from Vancouver and then take a short 10-minute water taxi (aqua bus ride) to the Shearwater Marina.  There is a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm with your guides who will provide an overview for your trip, distribute dry bags to pack your clothing, and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that pre and post-trip accommodations in Shearwater are not included in the cost of the tour and must be booked independently. No meals included today.

 

DAY ONE (July 8th OR July 15th): GREAT BEAR BEGINNINGS

Your group meets after breakfast (your guide will let you know what time to be ready at orientation) and depending on which date you have booked, you will either water taxi to Dallas Island to begin your trip (July 8th) or paddle from the Shearwater docks (July 15th).  

The group will work together to load the kayaks and then you’ll begin your Great Bear paddling adventure!

 

DAY TWO TO SEVEN (July 8th-14th OR July 16th-21st): KAYAKING THE COAST

This trip is run ‘expedition style’ and we leave our itinerary very open to ensure our flexibility. This is a beautiful area to paddle, but we must work with the conditions and remain open to adventure. Each day, your guides assess the weather, tides, and sea state to determine the destination for the day. The general plan is to begin the trip by exploring the island and channels north of Seaforth Channel, then heading south to explore the Bardswell, McMullin, and Tribal Groups of islands before heading north again to end the trip in Bella Bella. This whole area is a maze of islands and channels allowing us to explore a new area each day with little or no need to backtracking over areas previously visited.  Please note that the second 2019 date will explore a similar route, but paddle it in reverse, from Shearwater (Bella Bella) north to Dallas Island.

We can expect a combination of exposed open coastline and more protected inner passageways during this trip. Swell, wind and open water crossings are common. As this is a nomadic tour, camp is usually moved each night but we may have an opportunity to stay two nights at one camp if conditions allow.

 

DAY EIGHT (July 15th OR July 22nd): RETURN TO BELLA BELLA

If you are joining the July 8th-15th, 2019 trip, we will paddle back to Bella Bella.  If joining the July 15th-22nd date, our water taxi picks us up mid-morning for the 60 to 90-minute water taxi ride back to Bella Bella. Depending on your scheduled flight home, we should have a short time to visit the community and have lunch before catching flights back to Vancouver in the afternoon.

 

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