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Bucket List: Sail The Great Bear Rainforest In Search Of The Spirit Bear

Kermode Spirit Bear Cubs Photo: Pacific Wild

Kermode Spirit Bear Cubs Photo: Pacific Wild

Looking to go on a trip of a lifetime next summer? Look no further than sailing the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Imagine heading to BC to disconnect from reality and climbing aboard a 68-foot boat to embark on an 8-day sailing adventure to the most remote areas of the Inside Passage. Not only will this be the most scenic 8 days of your life… but, you also get to discover 10,000-year-old aboriginal villages, soak in natural hot springs, sail through dramatic rock bluffs, hike through the world’s largest temperate rainforest, and see the amazing coastal wildlife, and not just any wildlife….The most unique wildlife viewing in Canada, the Kermode Spirit Bear. The Spirit Bear is an elusive and rarely seen animal unique to the Great Bear Rainforest. Along with spirit bears catch the sights of 400-pound grizzlies, breaching humpback whales, sea wolves, and bald eagles to name a few.

Everything you need to know to go:

  • Visit Blue Water Adventures to see available week-long Great Bear Rainforest voyages. Note* they sell out fast so book ahead.
  • Check out Bella Bella Tourism for pre and post trip accommodations and attractions.
  • Week-long Great Bear Rainforest sailing tours run from June 1st to September 30th.
  • The best time to see the Spirit Bears is late August and September.
  • Bring rain boots and raingear… it is a rainforest after all.
  • Princess Royal Island in the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the few areas on the coast where one can find the Kermode bear.
  • Pacific Coastal Airlines flies to and from the Bella Bella and Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal. The flight is only 2 hours and there is a shuttle bus to/from the main terminal and the seaplane port.


Like this post? Check out our Guide To Surfing Epic Waves In British Columbia and Bucket List: Surf And Snowboard In The Same Day, too! 

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