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Embark on an adventure in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest! Discover the magnificent Canadian grizzly bear, indigenous to Canada’s national parks and backcountry and an elemental symbol in many native legends and beliefs. Share the natural environment of these Canadian omnivores during your stay at this charming two-story floating lodge located 80 km from Port Hardy, in one of the world’s richest grizzly bear habitats. Watch bears roam freely through the unspoiled surroundings as your guide leads you to prime observation areas. This safe and intimate bearwatching programme will leave you with a greater awe and appreciation for these unchallenged kings of the Canadian wilderness.
There is nothing quite as exhilarating as paddling through waters famous throughout the world as one of the best places to see orcas whilst being surrounded by spectacular scenery. Observe the orcas in Johnstone Strait, enjoying incredible sights from the comfort of your sea-kayak. Listen to their conversations with hydrophones identical to those used by marine biologists and learn about orca family histories utilising genealogy charts and photo identification. From the remote island archipelago, you can also enjoy walks through the old-growth forests, natural history interpretation, stories by the campfire and looking for bald eagles, marine birds, seals and sea lions. The experience of a lifetime awaits you at Orca Camp!
Learn about the first thrilling wildlife viewing session with a session on grizzly bears and its place in the local ecology. Enjoy the first night in your private lodge.
Bear-watching sessions are scheduled with the low impact ecological ethos in mind. You will have the chance to see these enormous creatures interact in their natural habitat as well as many other wildlife.
The spawning salmon are also a huge attraction in later summer and if you’re there time, you can see the grizzlies stock up for their winter hibernation.
Fly to Port Hardy and settle into base camp in Johnstone Strait where you’ll receive kayaking instructions and lessons. This is the central orca viewing area.
With long stretches spent on your kayak, you’ll have ample opportunities to take pictures of the magnificent orcas. During these few days, you’ll also have time to explore the area by foot and even do a little fishing!