Please Note: Due to the early meeting time on the first day, you must arrive in Prince Rupert prior to Day 1 of your expedition.
Day 1 – L/D
The trip begins in the coastal community of Prince Rupert. An early morning float plane flight from the Seal Cove float plane dock takes you to the Ocean Light II and her crew who await at the head of the Khutzeymateen Inlet. The remainder of the day will be spent pursuing bear viewing opportunities.
Days 2 and 3 – B/L/D
The itinerary for your Khutzeymateen grizzly bear photography tour must remain flexible so that we can maximize each day’s bear and wildlife viewing opportunities. The daily tide schedule varies and will largely dictate our itinerary. But our time in the inflatable or ashore will find us in some part of the estuary/inlet viewing what could be any number of animals, including black and grizzly bears, seals, river otters, coastal grey wolves, geese, ducks, and eagles. At dusk, after the evening’s activities, you will return to the boat to enjoy a hot drink and dinner while reflecting on the day’s events.
Day 4 – B
After breakfast the float plane will arrive for your return trip to Prince Rupert.
The Boat. The Ocean Light II is an Ocean 71’ ketch and is thought by many to be the perfect B.C. Coast charter yacht. With thirteen Atlantic crossings, the Ocean Light II has the pedigree and comfort to make any sailing experience with her one to remember. It has a spacious, well maintained interior of mahogany, authentic Douglas Fir and white enamel. The layout offers 5 separate guest cabins that are closed off from the rest of the yacht. A berth will be assigned to each person upon arrival. There are two heads, a shower and the interior is all newly remodeled. The main salon located below deck is a spacious 14’ x 17’, which seats twelve comfortably while still leaving space to move about freely. There is ample deck space and she is very comfortable under sail. Ocean Light II features all of the extras expected: 19’ hard bottom inflatable, three kayaks as well as an extensive library for your enjoyment.
The Guides & Crew. Chris Tulloch and Tom McPherson have many years of coastal sailing and bear viewing experience. They have introduced the coast of B.C. to hundreds of people, young and old. Assisting as crew, guide, and cook is Jenn Broom. She has worked on the coast for many years and will make you feel at home aboard our beautiful boat. Alternately, Luise Frommer will be the cook and crew.
We take special care in preparing nutritious and delicious meals. All meals will be prepared aboard the sailboat and will include fresh seafood, homemade soups, breads and salads. Wine is served with dinner, and you may bring your own drinks to be consumed in moderation only when the anchor is down for the night. We will not tolerate excessive drinking on our vessel. Clients have the option to assist in food gathering and meal preparation. If you have particular dietary restrictions, please let us know well in advance.
Weather along the coast in the spring can be variable. One should expect the variety of weather that creates the many moods for which this area is noted. Come prepared for cold, wet weather and perhaps a morning frost. When the sun comes out – as it often does – you will be pleasantly surprised. Hot, sunny days are common as well.