We are excited for the upcoming year of Adventure Tours through UNBC Continuing Studies. Every year the tours get better as we fine tune all the small details. Most tours are only delivered once a year and occasionally twice if sufficient demand well in advance of the tour date. These tours are not geared towards academic students but rather those with an interest in adventure and experiencing northern BC. The tours have a small group size of upto 10-12 guests at he most and rely heavily on guest speakers and authentic locals that share their knowledge about the places we visit. Our average age of our guests is around 60 years old and some as old as 85. We do have younger people join us as well but predominantly it is an older clientele.
I thought I would share 10 photos form last year that highlight some of the trips we did.
There is something very special about watching these magnificent animals in their natural habitat feeding, playing and cruising along the shore. The spring month of June is a time as the bears come out of the safety of the forest to feed on the protein rich Lygnby Sedge. Patience is key to viewing these animals but they always come out. Some are not afraid of humans and allow us to get relatively close while in the safety of a boat. Others we must stalk them using the wind, electric motors, paddles and poles to keep our presence unknown. Moms with cubs can be very shy and always on the lookout for danger and other bears.
Our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Tour on June 6-11, 2018 encompasses two great lodges to use as a home base while we rest up each evening before the next days adventure. We use Jet boats, Ocean Boats and float planes to access some of the remotest and beautiful bear viewing locations. This is truly an amazing trip for photographers or those just looking for an adventure.
On our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery tour we use jet boats, float planes and ocean boats to bring guests to some of the regions most remote and secluded bear viewing locations. We travel by jet boat on the ocean to remote coastal estuaries that are filled with thick carpets of Lyngby Sedge. We use jet boats so that we can maneuver through all the side channels and that intertwine amongst the estuary and hopefully get us close enough for some amazing photos. A float plane will be used to transport guests to a floating lodge where grizzlies roam the shoreline just minutes away. This year’s tour is June 6-11, 2018 starting in Terrace, BC.
On our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery tour we use jet boat son a few of the days to travel on the ocean to remote coastal estuaries that are filled with thick carpets of Lyngby Sedge. We use jet boats so that we can maneuver through all the side channels and that intertwine amongst the estuary. The shallow draft of the jet boat allows us to pole or use electric motors to slowly stalk and maneuver the boat into position to see the bears without scaring them. We know the bears come out every day to feed so sometimes its just a matter of time before they decide to show themselves. At the end of the bear viewing day we then use the louder jet boat engines to cruise of the river on a sightseeing tour. This year’s tour is June 6-10, 2017 starting in Terrace, BC.
For coastal Grizzly Bears one of the most important spring food sources is the Lyngby sedge (Carex lyngbyei). This sedge grows in the intertidal zone and can tolerate fresh and salt water. The bears feast on this abundant spring vegetation because of its high crude protein content as it contains 25% raw protein. One of the easiest ways to determine a Grizzly Bears activity in an area is to look at the tops of the Lyngby Sedge. If they are flat on the top instead of pointed then this would indicate that a bear has eaten the tops off. The next step is too see if the tops are still green which would indicate that the bear has just recently eaten the sedge or is there a brown stain or color to the top which indicates that some time has passed since the bear ate them.
The estuaries and coastline with sedges in the spring months are definitely areas where one would begin to look for Grizzly Bears as they begin their summer long process of fattening up.
To see these bears in their natural habitat feeding in a sea of green sedge our UNBC “Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour” is an excellent way to visit very remote locations and watch these magnificent creatures photograph them. June 6-10, 2017 starting in Terrace, BC
Are you a photographer or adventurer who likes to explore off the beaten path. Our “Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour” is a tour uses jet boats, ocean boats and seaplanes to access some of Northwest BC’s most inaccessible and remote Grizzly Bear viewing areas. Imagine being poled through narrow channels surrounded by fields of sedge grass and waiting in anticipation around each bend for the perfect photo of of a grizzly bear in its natural habitat. We utilize jet boats and ocean boats maneuver the guests into that perfect location for bear viewing. Imagine staying overnight in a lodge in the midst of a grizzly bear sanctuary where the bears are only minutes away. Imagine jet boating through narrow ocean inlets to remote estuaries where feeding grizzly bears go about there daily fill of lygby sedge. You do not want to miss this opportunity view, photograph and explore northwest BC in search of the Grizzly Bear. Photos credit @simonsees
What to expect when you take part int he 2017 UNBC Adventure Tour “Northwest Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour”. Adventure and exploration as we view and photograph Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat in remote locations throughout Northwest BC. We use Jet Boats, Ocean Boats, and float planes to access some of this regions most inaccesible bear viewing areas. Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime June 6-10, 2017. Tour starts in Terrace, BC.
Average weight- 250 – 350 kg (male) and 125 – 175 kg (female)
Life expectancy- 15 – 20 years
The grizzly bear is the second largest land carnivore in North America.
The grizzly bear has been known to run at speeds of 55 kilometres per hour
The grizzly bear is not a true hibernator. In the winter its body temperature may drop a few degrees and its respiration may slow slightly, but it can remain active all winter
It is considered a meat-eater, the grizzly bear is actually omnivorous, which means it eats both meat and vegetation
If you would like to experience a trip of a lifetime learning about grizzlies and viewing them in remote locations in northwest BC then check out our “Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour” June 6-10, 2017.
On all of our Adventure tours the chances of seeing some sort of wildlife are almost guaranteed. The places we visit are remote and relatively untouched with few visitors. The bird life is amazing with so many species and a variety depending on where we are. There is always a chance to see a bear or moose and the odds go op greatly when we target the species. Here are just a few photos of some of the wildlife.
The Skeena River is fed by thousands of waterfalls cascading down the mountain slopes into it’s tributaries. A couple of the rivers we venture up are untouched with no roads or industry and the steep valley walls are a perfect recipe for hundreds of waterfalls. During the spring melt and after a rainfall the valley rocks walls become alive with waterfalls cascading in all directions. With UNBC’s Adventure Tours “Experience the Extraordinary!”