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Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Tour
Vancouver, B.C. return · Moderate
Stretching for 400 kilometres along BC’s coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. This beautifully rugged coast offers the adventurous traveller with diverse kayaking routes, abundant wildlife, and a rich First Nations culture.
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Activity Level
- Max Group Size
- Up to 6 people
- Cabin/ Hotel/ Comfortable high quality roomy tents with good sleeping pads.
- Clean van, Water taxi
- 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
- All the necessary kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets, PFD (life jacket), group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags (you may bring your own)
- All meals during the kayak trip plus 1 breakfast at a hotel
- Transportation from Port McNeill (Vans and Water taxis)
- Return Airfare from Vancouver, B.C. to Port Hardy, B.C.
- One night cabin on the ferry
- One nights accommodation in Port McNeill, B.C. (The price is based on double occupancy. A discount will be applied if more than 1 person books.)
- Return shuttle from Port Hardy, B.C. to Port McNeill, B.C.
- Any meals not indicatd in tour itinerary
- Travel insurance for accidents or emergency evacuation
- Guide gratuities
- 5% local tax
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Schedule & Prices
|Jun 17–Jul 1, 2017||$5,135||—||—|
Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Tour Itinerary
- Day 1: Vancouver, B.C. to Port McNeill, B.C. We fly you from Vancouver B.C. to Port Hardy, B.C. where you will be met and shuttled to Port McNeill, B.C.. There is a pre-trip meeting at 12:00 pm noon with your guides at the office. Your guides provide you with an overview for your trip, distribute dry bags to pack your clothing, and answer any last minute questions you may have. We depart the office at 3:30 pm for the half hour drive in a van to the ferry terminal where we load all kayaks, gear, and food for two weeks on the overnight ferry to Klemtu. Any luggage and clothing not needed during the kayak tour can be stored at the office until our return. The ferry departs at 6:00 pm.
- Day 2: We arrive in Klemtu around 5:30 am in the morning. We pack our kayaks for the adventure ahead. Before paddling off to our first wilderness campsite we have an opportunity for a short visit to the village of Klemtu. If available, we may tour the village’s Big House. We arrive at our site for the evening and set up camp and enjoy the night time campfire and starry night landscape.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
- Day 3 to 13: Kayaking. As this trip is run ‘expedition’ style, we leave our itinerary very open to ensure our flexibility. This is a beautiful area to paddle, but we must work with the conditions and remain open to adventure. Each day, your guides assess the weather, tides, and sea state to determine the destination for the day. Flexibility is key. We plan to begin the trip by heading north and west from Klemtu to explore a portion of Princess Royal Island. After a few days we begin heading south crossing both Laredo and Millbanke Sounds as we make our way toward Bella Bella where we catch the ferry back to Port Hardy. We can expect a combination of exposed open coastline and more protected inner passageways during this trip. As this is a nomadic tour, camp is usually moved each night. We may have an opportunity to stay in place for two nights, conditions allowing. On these ‘expedition style’ trips, we generally paddle an hour or two more each day than on our regular tours. We also paddle in more challenging conditions. Swell, wind, and open water crossings are common.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Day 14: We kayak to the Bella Bella ferry terminal mid-afternoon. Ferry departs at 6:10 pm and arrives in Port Hardy at 11:30 pm. Van transfer to Port McNeill, B.C., where you can enjoy a hot shower in your local hotel, and slowly transition out of vacation mode.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
- Day 15: Return to Vancouver, B.C. After breakfast you will be shuttled to Port Hardy Airport and fly back to Vancouver, B.C.