Grizzly Bear Stalking

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.

Looking for Grizzlies
Stalking Grizzlies in the estuary
A mom and cub feeding on the sedge grass
Looking for bears in a coastal estuary
A family of bears posing for the camera

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Grizzlies and Lyngby Sedge

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

Grizzly enjoying a meal in the Sedge Grass
Grizzly Bear eating Lyngby Sedge

 

Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour Video!

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.

Jet Boating with UNBC Adventure Tours

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.

Jet Boating remote rivers
Photographing the amazing scenery
Around every corner is another experience

 

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Beachcombing Grizzly Bears


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.

Beach Combing Grizzly
Grizzly Crusing the Shore

 


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UNBC Jet Boat Photography Tour Video

Here area few highlights from part of a day on our Jet Boat Photography Tour. Jet boats provide access to places that are otherwise unvisited by any other modes of transportation. Let us take you to some amazing places!

Jet Boat Photography Guest Colin Franks

On our Jet Boat Photography Tour in 2015 we had some amazing photographers on the tour. One of these photographers was Colin Franks. He has graciously shared some of his photos from the trip with us. If you want to see more of Colin’s Photos check out his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ColinFranksPhotography/

Remote Skeena River Colin Franks
Remote Skeena River Colin Franks
Zymmacord Bridge Skeena Colin Franks
Zymmacord Bridge Skeena Colin Franks
Port Essington Pilings Colin Franks
Port Essington Pilings Colin Franks
CN Train Colin Franks
CN Train Colin Franks
Coastal Grizzly Colin Franks
Coastal Grizzly Colin Franks
Skeena Eagle Colin Franks
Skeena Eagle Colin Franks
Copper Mountain Sunset Colin Franks
Copper Mountain Sunset Colin Franks
Skeena River Rocks Colin Franks
Skeena River Rocks Colin Franks
Skeena Sunset Colin Franks
Skeena Sunset Colin Franks

Jet Boating to Unique Places

On all of our educational adventure tours we utilize jet boats for a portion of the trips. The are very versatile and allow us to get our guests to some amazing places that would otherwise be inaccessible. The clip below emphasizes this as we take a group of guests on our Jet Boat Photography Tour up a remote river in search of those unique photo opportunities.

Jet Boat Photography Tour Group Photos

In looking back at some photos of the past two years of running the Jet Boat Photography Tour I came across our group photos from the last two groups. I thought I would share them as we had a great group of individuals and some great amateur photographers. This year’s tour runs June 5-10, 2016 in Terrace, BC again with all nights at the beautiful Yellow Cedar Lodge. If you are looking to get off the beaten path and take photos of some unique places only accessible by Jet Boat then you should consider this tour.

Jetboat Photography Group 2015
Jetboat Photography Group 2015
Jet Boat Group Photo 2014
Jet Boat Group Photo 2014

The Port Essington Hi-Lo inside scoop!

One of the highlights on our tour to Port Essington ( especially for the photographers) is the single boat lying in the grass. I was fortunate enough to make contact with one of the previous owners ( Sarah Brown) who provided me some history on the boat.

It is small crab boat called the Hi-Lo, that focused its efforts on the inner islands around the mouth of the Skeena River. It was originally from Oona River and later sold to someone who beached it as Port Essington. Sarah remembers fishing with her dad and sleeping on the engine box. ( very cool memories). Every year it seems to show its age a bit more.

The Port Essington  Hi Lo
The Port Essington Hi Lo
Boat Relic in the sedge grass
Boat Relic in the sedge grass