Welcome to your SUP trip of a lifetime!
Adventurous travellers with a passion for the Great Bear Rainforest and paddling in remote places will find it on this trip. Our time coincides with the return of wild, pacific salmon to the rivers of the north coast. Guests will have the opportunity to paddle with whales, search for the iconic Spirit Bear and immerse themselves in the rich culture of the Gitga’at people on this life altering experience.
Paddleboards provide a unique, intimate experience with the lush temperate rainforest, abundant wildlife and rich coastal ecosystems of the north coast of British Columbia. An adventure here with Norm Hann Expeditions is a journey of discovery, reflection, and enlightenment as you become part of one of the most spectacular natural environments in the world.
Great Bear Rainforest guide, Norm Hann, has been guiding people to this area since 2000 and is an adopted member of the Gitga’at First Nations. This honor allows guests an intimate and rare connection to people and the land. Norm has been a passionate defender for the conservation, protection and education of the Great Bear Rainforest through his Standup4Greatbear Society and conservation expeditions.
Dates: September 1-7th, 2017
Price: $3200 + gst
Location: Hartley Bay, B.C.
Guides: Norm Hann
Paddle experience is recommended but not required.
Cost Includes the Following
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on day 7.1
- Day of Spirit Bear viewing with Gitga’at guide Marven Robinson
- All local protocol fees.
- Cabin and Longhouse accommodation.
- Ferry from Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay return.
- Inflatable standup paddleboards, paddles and all safety gear.
- Boat assistance throughout expedition.
- 1:3 guide to client ratio
- 1 large and 1 small dry bag for expedition packing.
Price Does Not Include the Following
- Transportation between your home and Prince Rupert return.
- Personal belongings and equipment (see equipment & packing list)
- 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.
A $500 deposit is 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. Full payments can be made via email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, by cheque to Norm Hann Expeditions or by credit card. A 3% service charge will be added to the invoice for all credit card payments.
Cancellation 60 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of deposit less $200. Cancellation within 59-30 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of 50% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund for trips cancelled within 30 days of trip departure.
This itinerary may be altered due to factors such as weather, tides, and group interest, with guides working within the parameters of safety, time, and area highlights. This standup paddleboard (SUP) trip will be boat assisted providing gear shuttle and safety support.
** You and your group must arrive in Prince Rupert prior to Day 1 of the trip. You will overnight in Prince Rupert and then get on the ferry for 8:30am in the morning.
* Ferry departure for Hartley Bay
* Afternoon Skills Course
* Traditional dinner with the Hill family
* Morning boat departure for Princess Royal Island
* Inlet paddle to Gitga’at Longhouse
* River exploration
* Overnight at Gitga’at Longhouse
* Salmon stream hike
* Boat shuttle out of inlet
* Morning paddle with salmon stream exploration
* Boat shuttle to Barnard Harbour
* Set base camp up at Watchman Cabin
* Day trip to salmon stream and Gitga’at cultural site.
* Phosphorescence paddle
* Day trip to Sea Lion rock
* Visit traditional Gitga’at fishing and harvesting camp
* Visit with Whale Researchers Herman and Janey at Whale Point
* Boat shuttle to Harltey Bay for traditional Gitga’at breakfast
* Ferry departure for Prince Rupert
* Evening Air Canada flights or overnight in Prince Rupert
Provided By Norm Hann Expeditions
- Inflatable standup paddleboard
- 1 large dry bag and 1 small dry bag for expedition packing
Participant to Bring
- hi cut rubber boots
- booties or sandals(for paddling)
- camp shoes
- 2 pair of socks
- 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
- 2 synthetic t shirts
- 1 fleece top or fleece jacket
- down/synthetic jacket
- Waterproof/goretex jacket for paddling
- 1 heavy polyurethane rain jacket for boat travel and camp
- long underwear
- long hiking pants
- waterproof/goretex rain pants
Head and Hands
- 1 sun hat or ball cap
- paddling gloves (if your hands are sensitive to cold)
- sleep bag
- sleeping pad
- small pillow
- ear plugs
- water bottle
- thermos (for tea, coffee or hot water)
- personal toiletries
- personal medication
- insect repellant
- sunglasses/prescription eyewear
- notebook/journal/reading material
- camera, batteries
- headlamp with extra batteries
- individual nutritional requirements
Getting to Prince Rupert
You must arrive in Prince Rupert the day before the float plane or 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
Other places to stay include:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long are the paddling days?
A: Most days are between 2-4 hours of paddling. The focus of the trip is not on big mileage and big distances but experiencing the Great Bear Rainforest at a relaxed and enjoyable pace. We have to remain flexible as we may spend more time hiking up salmon rivers on a particular day or watching Humpback Whales from our boards.
Q: What type of experience and fitness is required?
A: Guests will need to have some standup paddleboard experience in order to enjoy the week of paddling and to allow the group to travel at practical pace. We recommend having a really good lesson to start with in order to develop an efficient forward stroke and then spending weekly time standup paddleboarding in your local area. Ask us about a proper paddling program for multi day expeditions.
Q: What are the ocean conditions like?
A: Most of the areas we paddle in are quite protected and beautiful. We try to avoid windy and wavy conditions and having boat support allows our group the flexibility to avoid poor paddling conditions and to carry all of our gear. The ocean though is dynamic and our group has to be prepared for wind, waves and current.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: For the first and last night we will be staying at the Squirrel’s Den B & B in Hartley Bay. The second night we will be staying as a group in a traditional longhouse. Our next three evenings will be at a Gitga’at Watchman cabin which has two separate rooms and a loft that can accommodate our group comfortably. It also has a wood burning fireplace to keep you warm.