Advanced Expeditions: The Great Bear Rainforest Challenge

The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Join us for 19 days of paddle among 1000 year old red cedars, whales, bears, wolves and eagles.

The waters teem with whales, otters, dolphins and sea lions while wolves, black bears, Kermode bears, grizzly bears and eagles roam in the lush forests. This beautifully raw, rugged coast offers jaw dropping scenery and a rich First Nations culture. The only access along much of our route is by float plane or boat so you’ll experience solitude and truly get off the beaten track. We plan to explore some of the remotest and most beautiful offshore islands such as the Goose Island Group. We will not see much human presence along our journey for a pure wilderness experience. Traveling through the remote and wild Great Bear Rainforest you will push your skills while exploring the surf beaches and rocky points of this beautiful ocean playground. On day 1 of the expedition, you will start from Port Hardy where you will take the ferry to Bella Bella. From Bella Bella you will be paddling to Port Hardy. This adventure is 19 days long.This is an expedition style program that is designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler who wishes to explore very remote wild locations while receiving quality instruction and feedback along the way. This type of expedition is aimed at guests seeking adventure, learning and challenges not normally offered on the average guided tour. The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. You will be paddling and camping amongst giant sitka spruce trees, 1000 year old red cedars and western hemlocks.

Trip Prerequisites

  • Interested candidates should have extensive (over 50 days) previous sea kayak experience and have experience in dynamic waters.
  • Some expedition experience is required.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must be able to paddle at a speed of 3 knots for up to 6 hours per day. If you can not maintain this speed for up to 6 hours this program is not for you.
  • Considerable personal paddling experience in light and moderate sea conditions or higher including overnights.
  • Please note that this program is very intense as well as mentally and physically demanding. If you are unsure of your ability to take this program, please call us to discuss your concerns prior to registering.

Upcoming Trips

July 25 – August 12, 2021 (19 days)*
Bella Bella to Port Hardy
$4250 CDN 

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Booking and Payment Notes

A deposit of $1000 is required at the time of registration in order to secure your spot. The balance of your payment is due at least 60 days before the start of the program. Payment can be made by credit card, Interact E-Transfer, cheque, money order, or cash. You can also pay the full amount with a credit card using the online registration system on our website.

Other Notes:

If you do not meet the prerequisites listed above, and are still interested in this challenging program, we may be able to provide you with some training beforehand. We will be camping for an extended period of time which means this course is intense as well as mentally and physically demanding.

*The 2021 dates are based on the normal BC Ferries schedule from Port Hardy to Bella Bella. If BC Ferries modifies their regular schedule, we may have to move the dates of the trip slightly by 1 to 3 days. We will know the final BC Ferries schedule in November 2020. Once the BC Ferries dates are made public in November 2020, should we need to move the dates, we will provide you a full refund if the dates are no longer suitable for your schedule.

Expedition Photo Gallery

SKILS Food Photo Gallery

We take great pride in the quality of the food that we serve on our trips and expeditions. Below is just a small sample of what you can expect.