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Sea Kayaking the Great Bear Rainforest

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Below is a sample itinerary and exact routes will vary depending on possible wildlife sightings, currents, tides and weather.

Day 1: We meet at 3:00 pm in the afternoon for a pre-trip meeting with the guides and other guests. You will be provided with dry bags to pack your personal gear. At 6:30 pm our van drives us to the Port Hardy ferry terminal to begin loading our gear and kayaks for the overnight trip to Klemtu on BC Ferries Discovery Coast Passage . We arrive in Klemtu at 3:00 pm the following day.
Meals Included: None

Days 2: Upon arrival in Klemtu we will check into our accommodations for the night and before dinner take a walking tour of the village with Sprit Bear Adventures guide Doug Neasloss who will share some of the history and culture of the local Kitasoo/Xaixais people. We may see Doug again later in the trip as we hope to visit First Nation's cultural sites in the area (weather and sea conditions permitting).
Meals Included: Dinner

Days 3 to 13: 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 will 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 will 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 several hours more each day than on our regular tours. We also paddle in more challenging conditions. Swell, wind, and open water crossings are common.
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Day 14: We expect to arrive in Bella Bella early in the afternoon allowing us a short time to visit the village before we kayak the extra 30 minutes out of town to the ferry terminal. We prepare our kayaks and gear for loading around 6:00 pm for the overnight ferry back to Port Hardy.
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch

Day 15: The ferry is scheduled to arrive back in Port Hardy at 9:00am and after unloading, our van will be waiting to drive us back to Port McNeill. We should be back by 11:30am but delays may happen. Many of our guests spend the last night in Port McNeil, enjoy the hot showers, do some laundry, and slowly transition out of vacation mode. Most guests choose this, and we often get together for a no-host farewell dinner at the Haida-Way Inn.
Meals Included: none

Sea Kayaking the Great Bear Rainforest