Spirit Bear Expedition - Photography by Leighton

Dates: October 5-9 2017

2017 pricing 5-Day Trips: $3910 Canadian Dollars (plus 5% GST) Prices include all accommodations, meals, and guiding upon arrival in Hartley Bay. Accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert are not included. Guests are also responsible for paying the $100 return-trip fare for the ferry from Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay.


This itinerary is a basic outline only – our activities on this trip will be dictated by factors including weather, tides and photo opportunities. You will need to arrive in Prince Rupert the day before your trip begins. For example, if your trip is Sept 11-15, you need to arrive in Prince Rupert on Sept 10 (earlier if you prefer). Tim will provide suggestions on the best flights to Prince Rupert as well as hotels and local attractions.


Day 1

8:30 am – Guests depart from Prince Rupert for Hartley Bay by ferry. The four hour ferry trip provides a first glimpse of this beautiful landscape from the water. 12:30 pm -After arriving in Hartley Bay, we will quickly get settled in the guesthouse, pack a lunch and head out for the afternoon and early evening in search of spirit bears at a beautiful river valley close to the village.


Day 2 – 4 (5-day trips)

Each morning we will set out by boat from Hartley Bay to explore the Great Bear Rainforest. To maximize our chances for encounters with spirit bears and other wildlife, guests should expect to depart from Hartley Bay first thing each morning and be out exploring until early evening. There will be opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography every day, but please remember that the weather conditions and the location of wildlife will dictate our activities.


Day 5 

Morning: After breakfast and packing up, guests can choose to accompany their guide on a hike to a nearby lake and/or a trip to view the local Gitga’at Cultural Centre. 12:30 pm: Guests depart by ferry for Prince Rupert. 4:30-5:00 pm (weather depending): Guests arrive in Prince Rupert. There will be enough time to get something to eat before heading to the airport. 8:05 pm: Many guests choose this Air Canada flight to Vancouver. Others stay in Prince Rupert for that night to avoid the risk of missing the 8:05 flight if the ferry is delayed due to weather.


Additional important details Your guides will do everything they can to assist you during the trip. However, this trip requires a moderate to good level of fitness and will involve extended time travelling in boats from Hartley Bay to spirit bear viewing locations. We will also be hiking on uneven, wet and muddy terrain and we will often be out all day in search of spirit bears with the only access to toilets being the Great Outdoors.


Participants should be mobile enough to climb in and out of boats and walk across the uneven and slippery terrain of the intertidal zone. People should also be prepared to walk through shallow streams and be able to carry their gear over rough and muddy rainforest trails for half an hour at a time. If you have any concerns about your physical capabilities, please contact me and we can discuss whether this trip is appropriate for you. Please note that all guests will be required to sign a waiver. Weather Lastly, weather conditions may be variable and participants must be prepared for adverse weather including heavy rain (it is a rainforest after all!). Although conditions may be difficult at times, my past guests always agree that experiencing the magic of the Great Bear Rainforest is worth it. You may even become one of the few people who have seen and photographed one of the most rare bears on earth – the spirit bear.



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