Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Expedition (30.282)

Location: Great Bear Rainforest
Price: $2495.00
Duration: 8 days/7 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Bella Bella /Bella Bella
Accomodations: Camping
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Intermediate
Nearest Town/Village: Bella Bella
Inclusions:
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Thermarest
  • Dry bags
Exclusions: Ferry fees, sleeping bags and rain gear are available for rent
Guest Parking: Yes Details: See us about arrangements in Port Hardy
First Nations: Heiltsuk First Nation and Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation
Additional Information:
This tour offers you a chance to paddle one of the most unspoilt 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.

We start and end this tour in the Heiltsuk community of 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.

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.

Some folks may wish to start their travel towards Bella Bella the day before the trip, however we have also scheduled the start and end dates so it is possible to arrive in Bella Bella on the day the tour starts, either via ferry from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island or plane from Vancouver or Port Hardy. Please note: If you are traveling by ferry you will likely need to spend the night before in Port Hardy as the ferry leaves Port Hardy at 7:30am, arriving in Bella Bella at 12:50pm on the first day of your trip, just in time to meet your guides. On the last day the return ferry to Port Hardy departs Bella Bella at 6:10pm and arrives in Port Hardy at 11:30pm. Ferry reservations highly recommended. (Times accurate at time of publication – please double check before planning your travel).

On Day 1, at the government wharf in downtown Bella Bella, you and your guides shuttle gear to your waiting water taxi in order to pack and set off on your trip. Below is the proposed itinerary for our trip, but it is flexible and may be adapted to suit the interests of those who join the trip as well as weather conditions. On this tour we can expect a combination of exposed open coastline and more protected inner passageways. As this is a expedition style tour, we usually move campsites each night. We may have an opportunity to stay in the same place for two nights, if conditions allow.

Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    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 it’s stunning beauty.
    Your guides will meet you on the government wharf in Bella Bella in the heart of BC’s Central Coast. Here we will load kayaks and gear onto our water taxi for the shuttle out to our first campsite. Once there, we will sort out gear and prepare for our adventure, beginning with an orientation to the kayaks and gear, learning efficient paddling techniques and safety procedures. Once everyone is comfortable with their boats we’ll take our first strokes in the Great Bear Sea.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    2

    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. Depending on the weather and exact drop-off location, we may plan to paddle the remote Goose Group Islands (weather depending), McMullins and Tribal Group. Moving southeast we’ll enter the spectacular islands and beaches of the Hakai Conservancy, continuing in the direction of Calvert Island.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    3

    Kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    4

    Kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    5

    Kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    6

    Kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation:

  • Day
    7

    Kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    8

    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).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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