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BC Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Tour

A Sea Kayak tour on the central coast of BC Canada

kayakers by waterfall The Great Bear Rainforest on BC's central coast offers some of the most spectacular and varied sea kayaking in the world. This remote wilderness contains ecosystems rich with wildlife and is the largest remaining temperate rainforest left on the planet. Wolves, spirit bears, grizzly bears, humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, sea otters and many seabirds are all inhabitants of the forests and ocean here.

These tours depart from and return to the remote British Columbia First Nation's village of Bella Bella (map).

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With its huge distances, rugged terrain, and less predictable weather, the Great Bear Rainforest is where the mothership concept truly shines. We will journey the many miles in complete comfort aboard the Columbia III as we travel to new and varied paddling areas each day. There are countless options, so we design our days depending on the wildlife, the weather, and the preferences of our guests.

" Team Mothership,
Thanks for another fantastic voyage on the Columbia III. After 6 trips + 16 years since my first adventure with you, you manage to continue to refine & improve every aspect of the already fantastic time spent in the Great Bear Rain forest.
Thanks for sharing one of the world's truly great, wild spaces.
Looking forward to continuing to "nurture my wild side" in the near future! "

Scott Warner Maryland USA 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2022, reserved for 2023

" Another great trip into the Great Bear! This part of Canada will always be in our Heart."
- Love Laurie and Chuck, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 and booked for 2023!

We will kayak among the islands and islets of the outer coastline where exquisite white sand beaches dot the open edge of the Pacific. We'll experience the gentle ocean swells where sea otters float in the kelp beds and observe the vibrant intertidal life that thrives on these exposed shores.

Unforget table.
Words used to describe the magnificent Great Bear Rainforest. Some could also be applied to the beautiful mothership and her caring, competent, professional stewards and crew. You four made this a truly unforgettable experience for us all. It truly was a trip of a lifetime. From the grizzlies to the humpbacks, the Spirit Bear to the hot springs, paddling in the rain to that spectacular star show last night. Your music, your enthusiasm, your knowledge, your skill, your wit - all enhanced our enjoyment of these ten days and allowed us to step out of that "real" world into this almost dream world. It's been a trip! Thank-you. Our warmest wishes for continued success on the Columbia III."

Barb 2008, 2009, Lou-Anne, Niamh 2008, 2009, 2010, Pat 2007, 2008, 2009, reserved whole boat charter for 2013, Jane, Kevin 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and reserved whole boat charter for 2012, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Ireland, Washington

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During your week aboard the Columbia III we will also visit dramatic steep-sided fiords piercing deep into the coast mountains, their granite cliffs a contrast to the low windswept landscape of the outer coast. The broad river estuaries in the fiords in June and July are bright blue with carpets of wild lupines, a beautiful sight to see! Wolves often wander through these meadows and grizzly bears dig for roots and graze on the sedges. In August and September the wolves, grizzlies, and eagles all search for salmon along the rivers. Often called the backbone of the coast, salmon are an important keystone species, feeding innumerable other species as they arrive at their rivers of birth each year to spawn.

"We're quiet and reserved - we're almost back to 'reality'. As I look around at the books and the couch and windows I wonder about all the people that have spirit bear come on this boat before me. They thumbed through the pages of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, and sipped teas with their feet curled up under them on the couch. We come for a week and this boat becomes our home. But we all leave eventually (we were lucky enough to get 9 days of adventure). I find myself amazed by your generosity of spirit that you can continue to open your home (your baby, Ross) and give us all experiences of a lifetime. I thank you for what you've given me, and because I'm neither the first nor the last, you have my respect and admiration. Thanks for putting up with 'us' all. Love and hugs,"
Katie, Ontario Canada 2006, 2007

This is truly a paddler's paradise! The diversity of landscapes, abundance of wildlife, and endless opportunity for exploration makes the Great Bear Rainforest a superb sea kayaker's destination.

See this fantastic set of photos and videos posted by one of our 2010 guests.

" Thank you very much for an enjoyable and beautiful trip, again! We love the boat and the incredible effort it takes to keep it in the loving condition that we get to enjoy. This trip was over-the-top. Animals were good but the people made the trip and you and your crew are gracious, informative and very good at what they do. We loved our time here!"
- Steve and Dana, Idaho USA 2013, 2015 and reserved for 2016

"Thank you for an amazing week in such a fantastic part of the world. The images you helped me to capture - humpbacks, spirit bears, grizzlies, phenomenal coastal scenery - will be put to good use for years to come in my efforts to help protect this place we all love. And the human connections on this trip are something I will also cherish and hopefully continue to develop. The sense of humour, knowledge, and adventurous spirit of the crew and guests on this trip made for a thoroughly enjoyable time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what has surely been one of the most memorable and inspiring in my life. Sincerely,"
Damien, British Columbia

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We offer directions to Bella Bella (our point of departure) and planning information.

2024 BC Great Bear Rainforest Kayaking Tour Dates and Cost
June 20 - 266 nightsCDN $5,820register button
June 27 - July 36 nightsCDN $5,820register button
Aug 22 - 28 SOLD OUT6 nightsCDN $6,210waitlist button
Aug 29 - Sept 4 SOLD OUT6 nightsCDN $6,210waitlist button
Sept 5 - 14 SOLD OUT9 nightsCDN $9,250waitlist button
Sept 15 - 24 SOLD OUT9 nightsCDN $9,250waitlist button
Sept 25 - Oct 4 SOLD OUT9 nightsCDN $9,250waitlist button
2025 BC Great Bear Rainforest Kayaking Tour Dates and Cost
June 13 - 196 nightsCDN $6,395register button
June 20 - 266 nightsCDN $6,395register button
June 27 - July 36 nightsCDN $6,395register button
Aug 22 - 286 nightsCDN $6,775register button
Aug 29 - Sept 46 nightsCDN $6,775register button
Sept 5 - 149 nightsCDN $10,175register button
Sept 15 - 249 nightsCDN $10,175register button
Sept 25 - Oct 49 nightsCDN $10,175register button

Trip size limited to 8 - 10 participants. Our trips are all inclusive from the point of departure. Trip prices are per person in Canadian dollars plus 5% G.S.T. Other currencies are listed for convenience. Exchange rates are updated every hour.