Estuary Rice Roots

Northern Rice-Root or Fritillaria camschatcensis is a small lily that grows in the coastal estuaries of northwest BC. The plant is nutritionally similar to the potato, which displaced traditional root vegetables in Aboriginal diets after being introduced by European settlers. Grizzly bears find them tasty and will dig them where possible.  The small rice kernels that make up the bulb will scatter when dug up by the bears then spread to another site where another plant will grow.  We will see the Rice Root on our Coastal Estuary Day of the Jet Boat Photography Tour and see the evidence of dug up roots by the local grizzly bears.

Rice Root Flower
Our guide holding the rice root
Close up of the rice root bulb

 

Ghosts Towns of Northwest BC Highlight Video

This compilation of video ( aerial) and photos will cover off the highlights of last years tour to Five remote Northwest BC Ghost Towns.  Anyox, Alice Arm, Kitsault, Dorreen and Port Essington.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit ( and sleep in three) ghost towns in 5 days in some of Northwest BC’s most scenic and remote locations.

Ghost Towns of Northwest BC

Kitselas Canyon

The Skeena River is a photographers dream as it can be sunny and beautiful out or misty with cloud draped mountains.  One of the days on the tour we explore the  Skeena River above Terrace and the mighty Kitselas Canyon and home of the Kitselas First Nation.  The canyon was has one of the most difficult parts of the river for the paddle wheelers to navigate  as they did not have the power or maneuverability to get through it.  They used large ringbolts that were bolted into the an island in the middle of the canyon to winch themselves through the canyon.  We will explore ringbolt island and view the petroglyphs on the top of the island.  Another highlight of the day will be a tour of the historic totem poles and long houses of the Kitselas Historic site.  This day will be  another amazing experience!

The Jet Boats anchored on the edge of Ringbolt Island while the participants explore it!
Kitselas Canyon Totem Poles
Ringbolts on “Ringbolt Island”

Unique Places and Getting there!

With the Jet Boat Photography Tour we try to bring new and unique photo opportunities to the participants that they would not otherwise have.  Unless you have a jet boat and you are very familiar with the rivers and ocean of Northwest BC then  these locations would be inaccessible.  We utilize two jet boats for the tour with upto 5 people in each boat which still leaves room for all the camera equipment and personal gear.   If you have not been on a jet boat before it is an amazing experience as the boats allow us to reach remote and untouched locations.  The rivers we navigate are picture perfect with a new surprise and photographic opportunity around each corner.

Cruising up the river in search of new photo opportunities
Participants spreading out in a remote meadow and photographing a variety of things. Wild flowers that they have never seen, cascading waterfalls, snow capped peaks, Mtn Goats on the cliffs or just taking a break and relaxing
As mentioned we utilize two jet boats to explore the rivers and ocean in northwest BC.

Getting excited about Banks & Groceries!

On our Ghost Towns of Northwest BC we will get you excited to see modern day businesses.  We will travel by boat across Alice arm to the modern day Ghost Town of Kitsault. Our exclusive access to this site will include a tour of the site and the many buildings that have sat vacant as is since 1981. This will include the shopping centre, swimming pool, school, theatre and much more. We will spend the night in this ghost town in one of the 1980’s style apartments.

Here is an 16×9 short documentary on the town that is quite interesting!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX2MvCnyRTo

The empty shelves of the local grocery store that has sat vacant for 35 years.

The old Royal Bank which served the customers for just over a year in 1981! Looks like it could be opened up on a moments notice!

36 years of emptiness in Kitsault Shopping Centre

Salmon BBQ

One of the nights we have the local first nations community provide a Salmon BBQ for the group.  We host this on an island in the middle of the Skeena River where the only thing that bothers  us are the Moose.

Two of our guests enjoying their Salmon on beautiful June evening in the middle of the Skeena River.

Wolf Calling and Casting

Coastal wolves are abundant but elusive as we did not have an opportunity to photograph any but we did do some wolf foot print casting on some fresh tracks up one of the remote rivers we visit.  Everyone in the group gets an opportunity to make their own cast of a foot print and take home this unique keepsake.

Our guide pouring the casting material into a fresh wolf print
A few members of the group watching how to make a cast
Our guide “wolf howling” up the valley to get a response from the local wolf pack.

Grizzly Bear Photography via Jet Boat

One day of our Jet Boat tour is specifically targeting the photographing of Coastal Estuary Grizzly Bears.  We jet out to a remote estuary in search of feeding grizzly bears.  The bears come out late May and June to feed on the sedge grasses of the estuary. We will also be on the lookout for other marine mammals and wildlife enroute.  At the end of the day we will jet boat up another river.

A grizzly bear feeding on the estuary sedge grasses
Jet boating out to a remote coastal estuary

Staying at the Yellow Cedar Lodge

All five nights of our  Jet Boat Photography Tour and three nights of our Ghost Towns of Northwest BC will be spent at the magnificent Yellow Cedar Lodge.  The lodge is just a few minutes outside of Terrace BC on the banks of the Skeena River.  All of our dinners and breakfasts will be served here as well.  Red Seal Chef Alf Leslie will provide gourmet dinners int he beautiful Yellow Cedar Dining Hall.   We will depart each morning for our next adventure from the lodge.  The lounge area in the lodge will be the location for our evening social and guest presentations.

The Dining Hall at the Yellow Cedar Lodge
Evening photo of the Lodge
The group listening to one of our evening presenters