Rainforest Wolf Expeditions

A wolf howling in an estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest

With local First Nations guide, Marven Robinson, we are offering an extraordinary opportunity to photograph wild wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Expedition Overview

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to some of the highest population densities of wolves in North America. These wolves are genetically distinct from their interior counterparts and are uniquely adapted to their coastal rainforest environment.

In a world dominated by human landscapes, the wilderness of this region is a refuge for wildlife, including the wolf. In the words of eminent scientist Dr. Paul Paquet, “the remote ocean archipelago of the Great Bear Rainforest comprises North America’s most unusual and one of its most pristine wolf populations.”

On this 7-Day trip we will delve into the fascinating world of the coastal wolf. This adventure is specifically designed to provide you with the best possible opportunities for watching and photographing these elusive and beautiful carnivores while learning about their ecology. It is also an opportunity to camp out close to nature in a wild corner of the Great Bear Rainforest that few people ever witness.

Dates

We will bring no more than six guests on each of these trips.

  • Aug 11-17, 2019
  • Aug 19-25, 2019

Video by Max Venturi from his trip with us in 2017.

Location

We will focus most of our time in one or two locations where the local wolf packs are familiar to us. However, to protect the wolves from those who may want to harm them, we will not reveal the specific places we will go. However, we can tell you that these are island-dwelling wolves.

The islands we will visit form the outer coast of the British Columbia archipelago. They are shaped by the winter storms of Hecate Strait and are host to unique ecosystems not found on the mainland. They are also home to wolves that make much of their living from the sea. There are no bears on the outer islands, so wolves have no competition as the top carnivores here.

Contact Tim for more details.

Expectations

This trip is intended for people who love nature, who are patient, and are eager to dedicate a significant amount of time in the wilderness with the goal of watching and photographing wolves.

Marven and Tim have had some great success with wolves in the past. Some years, we have been fortunate enough to see adults and pups.  Other years we have only seen adult wolves.  We are hoping for more good luck in the future.

However, there are no guarantees of success and it is critical that all guests are willing to spend significant time waiting patiently.  This is a small price to pay for the opportunity to witness these remarkable animals.

Although the Great Bear Rainforest is a wildlife haven, this trip is specifically designed to focus on wolves. Dedicating our time to specifically target this species is the best way to increase our chances of success.  Nonetheless, we can also expect to see a lot of bird life as well as some very unique landscapes.

Accommodations

This trip is best for people with previous wilderness camping experience. Sleeping accommodations are in a communal plywood cabin outfitted with bunks. There will be a communal tent for cooking, eating and downloading photos. There will be no toilets other than the forest and no showers.

Guests need to bring a sleeping pad, sleeping bag and anything else they need to sleep comfortably (Tim will provide a packing list).

By camping out in wolf habitat and by adapting to the wolves’ schedule – we will greatly increase our odds of wolf encounters. We consider this trip to be a real wildlife adventure rather than a more typical photo tour.

Costs

A $1500 deposit is required to secure your spot. Final payment will be due 60 days prior to trip departure. All deposits and payments are non-refundable, unless, upon cancellation, we are able to fill your spot.

Please contact Tim for more details on pricing and availability.

A coastal wolf prowling through sedge in a coastal estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest