Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
One of Prince Rupert's most well-known and remarkable excursions entails viewing wild grizzly bears in their natural habitat in the Khutzeymateen Sanctuary, located about 28 miles northeast of the city.
Grizzly Bear Watching at Khutzeymateen
The Khutzeymateen Sanctuary, also called "Valley of the Grizzly," is the only one of its kind in Canada. The park's name is a Tsimshian First Nations word that means "sheltered place of fish and bears." Established in 1994, the park contains one of the largest populations of grizzly bears – about 50 – in British Columbia. The bears are protected from human activity and live freely, though people can observe them quietly from boats offshore.
Along the shoreline, the magnificent creatures run, play and feed on salmon, mussels, barnacles and nutritious sedge, a grass-like plant that grows in the area. Though sightings aren't guaranteed, tourists rarely return disappointed. Companies estimate a 90%-plus success rate.
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C2-215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Experience one of the greatest wildlife shows on Earth. Come aboard & let Prince Rupert Adventure Tours show you some of the most stunning & magnificent displays of wildlife that Northern British Columbia has to offer. Enjoy grizzly bear viewing in the famous Khutzeymateen 'Valley of the Grizzly'. See these legendary giants in their natural environment. Watch humpback whales flashing their unique tails as they dive to feed. Watch orca whales as they follow the migrating salmon. Along the way, you'll encounter stellar sea lions, harbours seals, eagles, blue herons & more. It is truly an unforgettable adventure experience of a lifetime.
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Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travelling with renowned naturalists and our skilled crew aboard 68' expedition yachts we keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds and bears, old-growth forests and ancient native villages. We focus on animal behaviour, ecology, sustainability and local history. Small groups of 12-14 guests ensure quality, informality and a 'hands-on' experience for all aboard.
Bluewater Adventures adheres to the principals of ecotourism by supporting local communities, promoting conservation, ensuring our practices are low impact, and by providing guests with world-class knowledge about the coast.
Foggy Point Charters is one of Prince Rupert's premier booking agents, representing Prince Rupert's top fishing guides & largest fleet. Let our personable & knowledgeable, locally trained fishing guides & shore staff arrange your custom North Coast fishing experience. Working with you, we can help with your trip planning requirements from restaurant reservations to accommodation. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide our customers with a safe, relaxing, memorable marine experience. We welcome both international & local customers to experience the amazing scenery & fishing of Northern BC. Experience your North Coast Marine Adventure with us.
209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2013) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a multi-day adventure cruise on the 28 m (92 ft) schooner Maple Leaf to really experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard a beautiful ship.
Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website for information.