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  • Jun 4, 2015 - Jun 10, 2015
  • Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 17, 2015
  • Jun 18, 2015 - Jun 24, 2015
  • Aug 23, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015

Day 1 

Following your flight, we meet at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club. A crew member will meet you at the top of the dock. After cabin assignments, and a safety orientation we depart Prince Rupert harbor for the beauty of Chatham Sound and its myriad of islands.

Day 2-3

We explore the islands of Chatham Sound. Porcher, Stephens and Dundas Islands are the largest in the area. We will walk remote beaches, hike up to a view point and search for sea lions, orcas and humpback whales. There are some lovely areas to explore by kayak or zodiac.

Day 4-5

We tie up Island Odyssey at a remote floating camp, and proceed by zodiac to see the famed grizzly bears of Khutzeymateen Inlet. The headwaters of the Inlet are Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Covering an area of 45,000 hectares, scientists estimate there are about 50 grizzlies protected by the no-hunting restrictions of the sanctuary. The protected area has recently been expanded to include the entire Inlet as the Khutzeymateen Conservancy. Our trip focuses on bear viewing in the Conservancy, along the shores of the Inlet. In order to minimize our impact, we leave the Sanctuary at the head of the Inlet, to the bears. The Khutzeymateen is jointly managed by BC Parks and the Tshimshian First Nation. Our local guide has been leading grizzly bear viewing trips in the Khutzeymateen for over 10 years and knows the bears intimately.

Day 6

From fiord-like Portland Canal, we now return to the oter islands and lower topography of Chatham Sound. Tshimshian First Nations have lived in this area for thousands of years. There are two villages along our route; Lax Kw'alaams was once a Hudson Bay Company trading post called Fort Simpson and Metlakatla, which became a model Christian community under Reverend Duncan during late 1800's. They were fortunate to have avoided the smallpox that ravaged many native communities along the Coast. Remote Green Island still has lightkeepers manning the lighthouse and living on the tiny island. If the weather allows, we may go ashore for a visit.

Day 7

We return through narrow Venn Passage to Prince Rupert. Venn Passage has an incredible collection of petroglyphs - native rock carvings - including the famous 'Man who fell from heaven'. Accompanied by a local Tsimshian Guide, we plan to see these ancient carvings and learn of their history. We will tie up at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club by midday.

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