2017 White Sturgeon Biology Experience

White Sturgeon Biology Experience

May 4-5, 2017
Prince George, BC

Small Sturgeon caught on the tour

This is the 2nd year of this one of a kind experience to participate in a unique northern BC Tour.

This two day on the river experiential  biology field tour will introduce participants to White Sturgeon biology and conservation and an opportunity participate in an active sturgeon research project.  Guests will be participating in an active research project to catch and tag Upper Fraser White Sturgeon under the guidance of fishery biologists and the local First Nations fisheries technician. This special and unique tour allows guests to be part of an exclusive opportunity that is otherwise unavailable to the public.

Guests assisting with one of the white sturgeon caught for the research

The trip also incorporates a tour through the historical Grand Canyon of the Fraser. Participants will travel via jet boat to locations on the upper Fraser River to learn about the following:

•             Setline techniques
•             Angling techniques
•             Suturing
•             Basics of radio tagging and telemetry
•             Basics of PIT Tagging
•             Basics of FLOY Tagging
•             Sturgeon capture and handling
•             White sturgeon determination of sex and sexual maturity
•             Determining white sturgeon age

Sturgeon in the cradle
Professional Fisheries Biologist inserting a radio tag

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New! “The Town That Got Lost” – Anyox Exploration Tour

June 3-4, 2017
Terrace, BC
$695.00
  Includes all accommodations, meals and transportation

This is another new tour we have added this year and is guaranteed to fill up fast.  We already visit the exclusive ghost town of Anyox on our 5 day tour but we have had a lot of requests for an extended exclusive visit to this 100 year old copper mining town.

Explore the Anyox Coke Plant

This unique two day tour visits the remote and historic Mining Town of Anyox.  We have special permission to explore this exclusive location on BC’s northcoast.  The remoteness and history of this fabled town will amaze even those without an interest in the eerie past of these boom and bust communities.

Be one of the few people to ever explore the Anyox Dam
The Anyox Powerhouse

Anyox which has been referred to as the “The Town that got Lost” was a once thriving mining town which had over 3000 residents in 1914.  It has now been uninhabited for the past 80 years but what remains in this ghost town is truly amazing!  Remains of Canada’s once largest dam, the Anyox Powerhouse, coke plant, steam plant, concentrator, smelter stacks, old railway cars, general store, cemetery, red light district, golf course, and more will keep  us busy for two days.  We are fortunate to be able to spend the night in this historic and eerie ghost town. Be one of only a handful of people to visit this town this year!

Guests on this tour will get to explore items like this from the Anyox Red Light District

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NEW! Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour

June 6-10, 2017
Terrace, BC

This a new tour for 2017 that we are very excited about.  This tour is is must for those who want to photograph and view grizzly bears in their natural habitat and also want to add some adventure to the trip.

This unique adventure Grizzly Bear tour is a must for those looking to photograph Grizzly’s in a variety of absolutely stunning locations.  The first two days of the tour begin with an hour Jet Boat ride to a few different remote coastal estuaries where we stalk the bears from the safety of the boat while exploring the side channels of a sedge grass lined estuary.

Poling through a remote coastal estuary in search of Grizzly Bears

 

We will also have opportunity to explore the rivers by Jet Boating up these beautiful valleys. Guests will be pampered at the magnificent Yellow Cedar Lodge on the banks of the Skeena River for the first three nights as we use this for our base.

Floating Accommodations in the middle of Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

The following two nights will be spent at the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge in the heart of a Grizzly Bear sanctuary. It is the only lodge within the conservancy and it offers an opportunity to enjoy all the comforts of home with plenty of room to stretch out and take in the awe-inspiring neighborhood.

Remote Coastal Grizzly Bear eating sedge grass in the estuary

June is prime feeding time for the coastal Grizzly Bears because they have recently emerged from hibernation and are hungry for the succulent sedge grasses that grow along the coastal estuaries.

Grizzly enjoying a meal in the Sedge Grass

These lush green fields of grasses provide an amazing backdrop for the photographer to capture that perfect image.  The tour will include a variety of guest speakers who will share their expertise and passion for this amazing northwest BC species.

 

Highlights include:

  • Jet Boating up remote Coastal Rivers
  • Experiencing Grizzly Bears in the native habitat
  • Learning about bears from local experts
  • Float Plane access to the Khutzeymateen
  • Exploring a variety rivers, estuaries and locations every day
  • Amazing accommodation, meals and hospitality

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2017 Northern B.C. Adventure Tour Dates Just Released

2017 UNBC Continuing Studies
Northern B.C. Adventure Tours

NOW OPEN  FOR REGISTRATION!

A one-of-a-kind experience. Since 2014, UNBC Continuing Studies has been offering awe-struck adventurers rare access to seldom-visited historic sites, wondrous wildlife, and stunning natural scenery that is distinctly Northern British Columbia. See our list of past and new tours that are now open for registration.  Check back daily for blog posts on all of the tours!
 
Sturgeon caught for research purposes Fraser River White Sturgeon Tour

Upper Fraser White Sturgeon Biology Experience
May 4-5, 2017
Prince George, BC

Canneries of the Northcoast
May 8-June 11, 2017
Cassiar Cannery, Port Edward, BC

Cassiar Cannery Canneries of the North Coast Tour

Historic Fort George River Journey
May 15 or June 17, 2017
Prince George, BC

Historic Ft George Canyon Historic Ft George River Journey Tour

The Port Essington Experience
May 27, 2017
Terrace, BC

The Port Essington Experience Tour

“The Town That Got Lost” Anyox Exploration
June 3-4, 2017
Terrace, BC

The Anyox Powerhouse “The Town That Got Lost” Anyox Exploration Tour

Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour
June 6-10, 2017
Terrace, BC

Grizzly Bear walking the shore Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour

Skeena River Historical Jet Boat Journey
August 1-6, 2017
Hazelton – Port Edward, BC

Navigating the 200 km trip down the Skeena River Skeena River Historical Jet Boat Journey Tour

Ghost Towns of Northwest BC
August 20-26, 2017
Terrace, BC

The Ghostly and Abandoned Kitsault Shopping Centre Ghost Towns of Northwest BC Tour
Combining the knowledge of local experts with unique destinations and activities, Continuing Studies’ jet boat tours will provide you a spectacular story all your own.
 
“It was indeed one of the best travel and educational experiences that I have encountered.”
–          Ron Paull
For more information check out our Blog or our website http://www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies/courses-workshops
or contact Rob Bryce at (250) 960-5982 or rob.bryce@unbc.ca

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