You must arrive in Terrace prior to Day 1 to prepare for an early morning departure. This itinerary is a sample only – the exact itinerary of your trip will be dictated by factors such as weather, tides, and group interest, with the crew working within the parameters of safety, time, and the highlights of the area.
Day 1 – L/D
Early morning you will be picked up at the Best Western Hotel in Terrace by van and driven to the marina in Kitimat (approximately 45 minutes). We will head out right away to start exploring some of the best wildlife viewing areas.
Days 2 to 7 – B/L/D
These days are spent exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and enjoying the splendor of the surrounding area. Opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography will occur on each day; however, please be aware that the weather conditions and the location of wildlife will dictate the frequency of such activities. We will dedicate at least 2 full days in our search for the Spirit Bears utilizing viewing platforms as well as explore salmon creeks and rivers to try and see Coastal Grizzly bears.
The fall is a time of plenty and marine mammals such as the humpback whale, are a common sight. The Ocean Light II will be utilized as a base for sleeping and eating.
Day 8 – B
After breakfast you will be dropped off at the Bella Bella dock to catch your shuttle to the airport.
Please be advised that the earliest flight from Bella Bella that should be booked is 11am.
Our home while on this adventure will be the The Ocean Light II, 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. 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 Crew: Chris Tulloch or Tom McPherson will be your skipper/guide. Chris has been running wilderness tours since 1992 and his keen eye for wildlife ensures an exceptional experience. Tom grew up with boats and has been guiding since 2005. Both have Full Guide CBVA certification.
Meals: 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 and only when the anchor is down for the night. If you have particular dietary restrictions, please let us know well in advance.