Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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  • Travel aboard the nimble National Geographic Venture, designed to navigate inlets and wildlife-rich passageways that are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • Seek out the mystical Kermode bear—the white-furred “spirit bear” only found in the Great Bear Rainforest—as well as an array of coastal wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, and wolves.
  • Experience the Great Bear Rainforest through the ancient legends of its native people, as told by a local cultural interpreter who joins us on board.
  • Glimpse British Columbia’s dazzling undersea realm, captured on video by our ship’s undersea specialist, and spot orcas and humpbacks from on deck.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Aboard the National Geographic Venture, sail along the rugged northern coast of British Columbia and cruise into Great Bear Rainforest, the only place on the planet where you can glimpse the elusive Kermode bear, or spirit bear. Get immersed in the natural riches that have sustained First Nations people here for thousands of years, and commune with wildlife on land and sea—from orcas and sea lions to grizzly bears and coastal gray wolves—as you navigate moss-draped forests, soaring granite peaks, and glacier-cut fjords.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Day 1: Ketchikan, Alaska

Arrive in Ketchikan, then view the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark the National Geographic Venture.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:

National Geographic Venture for the entire voyage

Day 2: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

Wake up in Prince Rupert, a scenic harbor town on British Columbia’s rugged northwest coast. Get immersed in First Nations history at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, built in the style of a traditional longhouse. Breathe in the scent of cedar beams and peruse an impressive collection of ornate carvings, weavings, ceremonial objects, and regalia. Visit the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site, a former salmon cannery that has been transformed into a museum on the region’s fishing history.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-6: Great Bear Rainforest

Cruise deep into the spectacular fjords and valleys carved out of the Coast Mountains, where glaciers left an indelible mark. Be on the lookout for bears as we explore the protected lands of the Great Bear Rainforest. A local cultural interpreter joins us on board to share the oral lore of the region’s native people and offer unparalleled insights.

Circumnavigate Gribbell Island, which the Valhalla Wilderness Society dubbed “mother island of the white bear.” Here we’ll seek out the Kermode bear, a rare white-furred subspecies of black bear, better known as the spirit bear. According to estimates, fewer than 400 of these elusive creatures exist.

Head ashore to explore this remote wilderness where travelers rarely venture. If conditions permit, take a dip in natural hot springs surrounded by old-growth forest. Discover hidden gems by Zodiac and kayak, navigating the tidal narrows that lead to the spectacular Foch Lagoon and gliding into the rugged valleys of Owyacumish Bay. As we go, always keep one eye on the rocky shoreline for black and grizzly bears, as well as the elusive spirit bear.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 7: Grenville Channel/Lowe Inlet Marine Provincial Park

Experience the navigational thrill of sailing north through the Grenville Channel, an astonishingly narrow waterway that appears to fade into the surrounding scenery, and watch for pods of orcas swimming along our ship. Explore Lowe Inlet Marine Provincial Park, an ideal place to navigate by Zodiac and kayak. See spawning salmon attempt to leap their way through mighty Verney Falls, and look for black bears standing at the ready to catch them.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada*/Seattle, WA, USA

Return to Prince Rupert and disembark the ship after breakfast. Board a charter flight to Seattle for your connecting flight home.

*PLEASE NOTE: 2021 departures will disembark in Ketchikan and transfer to airport for flights home. Please call for details.

Meals Included:Breakfast