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Islands of the Spirit Bear Wildlife Cruise in Northern British Columbia

6 nights

Join the Great Bear II, a comfortable boat sleeping 5 people in Prince Rupert, northern British Columbia, for 7 days exploring the Great Bear Rainforest. On your trip you will search for the rare spirit bear along the shore line of Princess Royal Island, and watch from a hide to see grizzly bears and humpback whales.

You will be wonderfully cared for by your hosts Eric Boyum and his wife Trisha. Eric knows these waters like the back of his hand and where the best places are to see the wildlife whilst Trisha looks after you with her wonderful food and caring personality.

During your memorable trip you can hope to see the white spirit bear as well as grizzly bears, black bears, humpback whales, any amount of sea birds, and you may even hear a wolf howl. This is truly a trip of a lifetime.

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Day 1-6

Vancouver to Prince Rupert

You will spend 6 nights aboard Great Bear II.  Your trip will start with a float plane...

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Day 1-6

Vancouver to Prince Rupert

You will spend 6 nights aboard Great Bear II.  Your trip will start with a float plane in Prince Rupert, flying to Hartley Bay, a First Nations Village, where you will meet Eric and Trish and join the Great Bear II.  The next 7 days will be spent exploring the inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest.  The trip ends with a flight back to Prince Rupert from where you can either fly to Vancouver or take the train to Jasper.

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The View

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We are here to make sure we tailor-make your holiday to suit your specific requirements and our friendly, knowledgeable staff are all ready to help.


Booking your holiday with us doesn't end when we send your confirmation out to you, either. Talk to us about adding excursions or room upgrades or even restaurant recommendations; we are here to offer advice all the way up to your departure date. Even when you have left the UK, we are still here to help. For example if your flight that we have booked is delayed or cancelled due to ash cloud, strike, etc, it is down to us to re-arrange your travel. We will do everything we can to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. And better still, we are fully bonded with ATOL and ABTA, so your money is completely protected.

The Great Bear II

A very comfortable, 53 foot Hatteras Long Rang Cruiser sleeping just 6 people. Skippered and crewed by her friendly owners who are a remarkable couple - both experts in the wildlife and people of the area, Eric an expert captain and Trisha a great cook.


Great Bear II, is Transport Canada certified as a passenger vessel, and carries all the latest navigation and safety equipment. Each year, the ship undergoes rigorous inspections by Transport Canada, by owner and Captain, and by systems specialists that Ocean Adventures employs.

On board you can lounge in the spacious comfort of the salon area, as spectacular scenery passes by. The large windows of the salon allow uninterrupted views to the outside. There is a large, cozy couch for sitting and reading. Across from the couch, an L shaped seating area with a table, offers a place to play cards or download your latest photos onto your laptop. There is a buffet area including a selection of teas, coffee, hot chocolate, a large bowl of fruit, granola bars and home made baked treats to enjoy whenever you like.

Outside on the foredeck there is a long, cushioned settee for sitting, relaxing and taking in the scenery, and still, plenty of room for photographers to set up their tripods. The aft deck, the entrance to the ship, is covered, which gives space to hang outdoor gear. Enjoy private accommodation (based on double occupancy), in private staterooms. For those single travellers not wishing to share a room, there is a single berth in the pilothouse, which closes off from the rest of the ship at night. There are two full bathrooms on board, each with their own shower and equipped with electric flushing toilets. Each of the staterooms on board is well appointed with beautifully made beds, complete with duvets, pillows and linens. Large, fluffy towels, facecloths, special reading materials and chocolates also await our guests. Fresh hand towels are put out each day and complimentary natural personal care products are provided in each of the on board bathrooms.

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