Your Own Personal Tour of the Great Bear Rainforest
Join Norm Hann Expeditions for our incredible wildlife viewing and wilderness tour with a visit to the Great Bear Rainforest. Intimately experience the amazing wildlife of the north coast as Humpback Whales return to the rich marine waters of the Great Bear Rainforest to feed throughout the summer and fall season. Five species of wild pacific salmon return to their natal rivers to spawn beginning at the end of August, supercharging the estuaries and rainforest and brining all types of animals and birds down to the rivers edge. Black bears, wolves, eagles, and more all can be found throughout the season. This is also the land of the Spirit Bear, an all white Black Bear with a recessive gene. Norm Hann Expeditions works with Gitga’at Spirit Bear guide Marven Robinson who will guide guests into stunning, remote river systems in search of these special animals. Marven has spent more time than anyone in the world with these white bears and knows them intimately. It’s a lifetime experience to see the wild animals in their natural habitat. Our trip is based in the Gitga’at community of Hartley Bay.
Our 20′ fishing boat gives you the opportunity to explore the area while looking for wildlife. Boat based activities can also include standup paddle boarding, saltwater fishing, crabbing, hiking and photography tours.
Our four night five day trip is based in Hartley Bay, B.C. where we will do day trips into the territory and will provide opportunities for couples, families, photographers, and adventurers to travel comfortably and safely throughout the area as you experience this world class destination.
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on day 5.
- Great Bear Guide Norm Hann.
- Day of bear viewing with Gitga’at Spirit Bear Guide Marven Robinson.
- 20′ Bridgeview Center Console Aluminum Fishing Boat with all safety gear.
- Use of paddleboards and saltwater fishing equipment.
- All local protocol fees.
- 4 nights accommodation in Hartley Bay
- Ferry from Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay return
What’s Not Included
- Transportation between your home and Prince Rupert return.
- Personal belongings and equipment.
- Accommodation in Prince Rupert prior to morning departure.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Any extra expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of chartered or scheduled aircraft.
Deposit and Cancellation
For each trip A $500 deposit will be required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid 60 days prior to trip departure.
Cancellation: Prior to 60 days- Deposit less $200, 59-30 days- 50% of trip cost, Less than 30 days- No refund
Preferred payments are through email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or by cheque to Norm Hann Expeditions. Payments can be made via credit card but a 3% service charge will be added to the invoice.
This is a sample itinerary you and your small group can customize your trip however you like. If you want spend more time whale watching, bear viewing, fishing or standup paddleboarding you are more than welcome. This is your trip and we are here to show you the best of the area. This itinerary may be altered due to factors such as weather and tides with guides working within the parameters of safety, time, and area highlights.
Our 8:30am ferry departure will take you on a scenic 4 hour trip to the Gitga’at community of Hartley Bay where we will begin our trip. After a delicious lunch we will spend our afternoon on a cultural tour of this unique community prior to an afternoon boat departure exploring the local area and looking for feeding Humpback Whales.
We will travel south from Hartley Bay to the stunning Cornwall Inlet located on the North West corner of Princess Royal Island, where steep and towering granite walls overlook rich temperate rainforest and pristine rivers. Cornwall Inlet has a spiritual presence and the ability to move you. This is the traditional territory of the Gitga’at Raven clan, a beautiful place to explore with lunch at a traditional longhouse. You will find peace, connection and a soothing of the soul in this fiord as we explore ancient burial sites while cruising through lush estuaries and salmon streams as we search for the wolves and bears.
We will travel further south on Princess Royal Island and to the bottom end of Gil Island. This day will be rich with wildlife viewing as we will spend time looking for and observing Humpback and Fin Whales. We will visit a nearby sea lion rookery and stop in to see local cetacean researchers Herman Meunter and Janie Wray at Whale Point. As an option we can spend time in the afternoon fishing for salmon and setting crab traps with hopes of catching our dinner.
Our last full day will be spent with Gitga’at Spirit Bear guide, Marven Robinson searching the local rivers for the amazing Spirit Bear. This is an opportunity to spend time in remote river systems watching the salmon run and watching for Black Bear and Spirit Bears from the safety of the bear stands. On our way back to the community of Hartley Bay we will continue to search for Humpbacks Whales in the deep fiords of this pristine, coastal marine ecosystem.
Just before departure and after a delicious breakfast we can spend more time out on the water looking for wildlife or going for a relaxing standup paddleboard before our ferry ride back to Prince Rupert.
Getting to Prince Rupert
You must arrive in Prince Rupert the day before the ferry departure for Hartley Bay.
Air Canada operates two daily flights into Prince Rupert and departs from YVR Vancouver.
Hawk Air also has flights to Prince Rupert and originates from South Terminal.
Accommodations in Prince Rupert
Norm Hann Expeditions reserves rooms for guests at the Inn on the Harbour. These are nice, clean, comfortable rooms with a continental breakfast included. Rooms rates are around $120 for double occupancy. www.innontheharbour.ca