— Expedition Kayaking —

Great Bear Rainforest 




— Expedition Kayaking —

Great Bear Rainforest Explorer


Stretching for 400 kilometres along British Columbia’s central 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.


As we kayak between the remote wilderness Islands to the north of Bella Bella and the coastal village of Klemtu we enjoy diverse kayaking conditions, campsites, and scenery. Our route takes us down protected inlets, along open coastline, and through narrow passages with strong tidal currents. We camp on long sandy beaches, islands with shell beaches, and small beaches of pebbles and cobble. All the time we are surrounded by the rainforest that is dominated by ancient red cedar, western hemlock, and giant Sitka spruce trees. The rainforest and surrounding ocean are intricately entwined to form a rich and diverse ecosystem. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife including ravens, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, wolves, deer, and black bears and grizzly bears. The sea is home to salmon, orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, seals, sea lions, dolphins and porpoises. We view a wide variety of wildlife as we kayak but many of the land animals are shy and elusive and sometimes we just see their telltale tracks in the sand or hear a howl at night. If we are lucky we may catch a glimpse of a wolf or grizzly bear foraging on the shore.

We travel through the traditional territories of both the Kitasoo Xai’xais and Heiltsuk First Nations. This has been their home for thousands of years and during our travels we encounter evidence of past and present use. At low tide we may come across stone fish traps and when walking through the rainforest culturally modified trees may be seen.

This tour is not for beginners and we require participants to have prior kayaking experience. Compared to our other tours, the Great Bear Rainforest tour is more exploratory in nature and leaves the itinerary more flexible to deal with the dynamic environment we kayak through. Contact us to see if this tour is right for you.

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