Bluewater Adventures | Orcas, Totems & Grizzly Bears, British Columbia

Holiday Duration: 6 Nights

Overview

Overview

At the northern end of Vancouver Island lies a maze of islands and waterways, full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and the history and traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people (Kwakiutl). The Pacific Ocean funnels into the protected waters of Johnstone Strait creating strong tidal currents, and incredibly nutrient-rich waters. Millions of salmon, returning to spawn in the mainland rivers, must converge to pass through the Strait. Groups of orcas (or killer whales) hunt the salmon in the passages. Grizzly bears roam the shores and estuaries waiting for the fish to swim upstream and spawn. The Johnstone Strait area once supported tens of thousands of Kwakwaka’wakw people, shown by the many remaining village midden sites in the area. Now, only a few villages remain inhabited. However, the culture and traditions remain intact. In the old villages, proud totem poles can still be found. The modern Kwakwaka’wakw in Alert Bay, preserve their heritage in wonderful carvings, canoes and masks. This area forms the southern end of what conservationists call the “Great Bear Rainforest”.

Ship

Ship

The Island Odyssey
Joining the fleet in 2003, the 68′ ketch, The Island Odyssey is the sister-ship to ‘Island Roamer’. Originally built as a luxurious private yacht in 1984, she completed a major renovation in 2003 to update the cabins and all safety systems. She features 8 private cabins (double occupancy), 3 heads with hot showers and a comfortable salon with a natural history library. On deck, the large deckhouse provides a comfortable spot to watch for wildlife.

"I would not hesitate recommending you and Frontier"

Firstly thank you so much Jeanette for your hard work. The whole holiday was perfect the hotels, timing, planning, organised trips all happened like clockwork. Not once did we have an issue, problem or disappointment.

In facf the holiday was one wow experience after another. Your choice of hotels was exceptional. We were made very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The car, a wrangler jeep was hilarious and essential and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. The itinerary worked perfectly with a great balance between trips that you organised and free time for our own plans. I have to admit I was initially anxious about some of the longer journeys on Vancouver Island but they were ok and when we arrived at the various destinations it was well worth the effort.
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Graham & Susan - Travelled to British Columbia

Itinerary (6 Nights)

Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1

This trip starts and finishes in Port McNeill, BC. (An overnight stay will be necessary)....

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Days 2-5

The focus for these days will be on the waters of Johnstone Strait or nearby...

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Day 6

At the entrance to Knight Inlet is the abandoned Kwakwaka’wakw village of Mimquimlees. With permission...

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Day 7

Return to Port McNeill late morning, so that you can continue your onward or homebound...

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