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!”
On our UNBC Adventure Tours guest safety is one of our main concerns. With many of our tours utilizing jet boats we must enure the drivers have a vast amount of experience driving jet boats and familiarity with the rivers and ocean that we take guests up. We many pre-trip inspections of the waters we venture into to ensure we do not incur any surprises. One of our drivers is Terrace resident Fred Seiler and owner of Northwest Jet Boat Services http://northwestjetboat.ca/. Fred has thousands of hours of experience on the rivers and also instructs our UNBC Jet Boat Safety course. Our guests are in good hands with Fred at the helm of the jet boat.
The jet boat is one of the most versatile modes for transporting guests into remote and otherwise inaccessible locations. These boats have alot of horsepower that allows us to carry 5 guests per boat and move them up rivers to amazing places with incredible scenery. Most of our tours utilize jet boats for a portion of the trip as we navigate larger rivers like the Skeena and Fraser and then smaller tributaries of the Skeena and rivers off remote ocean inlets. Navigating up and down rivers provides an exhilarating experience as you never know what is around the next corner. They are great for photography as they can be stopped quickly and held in place to allow guests to get that shot of a lifetime.
One of the highlights of the Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour is the viewing of the Grizzlies beach combing for clams and other grubs as they over turn boulders looking for that next meal. In the spring we usually see them roaming the coastal estuaries that are covered in Lyngbye’s sedge so it is a nice treat to be up close watching them cruise the shore lines. Our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour June 6-10, 2017 will provide opportunities to see this exact type of bear behaviour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
Historic Fort George River Journey
May 15 or June 17, 2017
Prince George, BC
The Port Essington Experience
May 27, 2017
“The Town That Got Lost” Anyox Exploration
June 3-4, 2017
Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour
June 6-10, 2017
Skeena River Historical Jet Boat Journey
August 1-6, 2017
Hazelton – Port Edward, BC
Ghost Towns of Northwest BC
August 20-26, 2017
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.”