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Sea Kayaking the Great Bear Rainforest

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In true expedition style, this expedition explores British Columbia's central coast between the small coastal villages of Klemtu and Bella Bella. Also called the ‘Great Bear Rainforest’, it is one of the few pristine temperate rainforests left in the world. This rugged and challenging coast offers diverse paddling routes, abundant wildlife and a rich First Nations culture.

This is our most challenging tour and thus we require participants to have prior kayaking experience. As these tours are more expeditionary in nature, we operate as a smaller group (six guests, two guides), paddle longer each day, and leave the itinerary flexible to deal with the dynamic environment we will be traveling in.

Sea Kayaking the Great Bear Rainforest

Departure Point: Port McNeill  
15 days  (12 days of kayaking, 2 days ferry transportation, 1 day in village of Klemtu)
2013 Dates:June 22 to July 6, 2013
                    July 6 to 20, 2013
Cost: $3750 CAD per person plus 5% GST (visitors to Canada receive a 50% point of sale rebate on the GST)

Includes: We provide you will all the necessary kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jacket, PFD (life jacket), group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags(you may bring your own). A comprehensive list of required personal items can be viewed here. All meals (other than meals on-board BC Ferries) are provided and prepared by your guides. We’re proud of our menu that includes abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide variety of international dishes, and freshly baked treats. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated given sufficient prior notification. Transportation is all-inclusive from the our Port McNeil office by our vans and BC Ferries.

What is not included: We do not provide transport from your home to Port McNeill, nor do we provide airport transfers. Any meals outside the kayak portion of the tour are your responsibility. Travel insurance for accidents or emergency evacuation is not provided; we recommend you purchase a policy before leaving home. The trip price does not include guide gratuities; should you feel that the service was exemplary, it is always appreciated.

Suggested reading: All of our tours carry a small library of field guides and local history books. The two books listed below are larger "coffee table" books that are too big to fit in our kayaks. If you wish to learn more about the area prior to your trip these books provide a great narrative with stunning photographs. Each title is linked to Amazon.com and will open in a new window.

The Great Bear Rainforest: Canada's Forgotten Coast
The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest

Charts: You do not need to bring charts on this trip. Your guides have charts of the area and will review them with guests each day. If you wish to bring your own copy of charts the following are needed for this trip. Each chart is linked do the corresponding page on the Canadian Hydrographic Service's website and you can search where to buy these charts locally (links will open in a new window).

3726 Laredo Sound and Approaches - 1:77,217
3737 Laredo Channel including Laredo Inlet and Surf Inlet - 1:77,429
3939 Fisher Channel to Seaforth Channel and Dean Channel - 1:40,000
3941 Channels Vicinity of Milbanke Sound - 1:40,000
3943 Finlayson Channel and Tolmie Channel - 1:40,000

3710 Plans - Vicinity of Laredo Sound and Milbanke Sound - 1:>= 18,868