Wolves of 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.

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

Trip 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.

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Dates

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

Aug 12-18, 2017

Aug 19-25, 2017

 

Video footage taken by Don Russell, during one of our 2016 tours.  

Location

We will focus most of our time in two locations where the local wolf packs are familiar to us. However, we will not reveal the specific places we will go.

Location 1

This island is one of several islands that form the outer coast of the British Columbia archipelago. It is shaped by the winter storms of Hecate Strait and is host to unique ecosystems not found on the mainland. It is also home to wolves that make much of their living from the sea. There are no bears on this island, so wolves have no competition as the top carnivores here.

Location 2

This is a beautiful and unique place complete with a vibrant estuary, a salmon stream and mossy forests. Wolves, black bears, white bears, and at least one grizzly bear all live in this area. It also has a long history of occupation by First Nations people.

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 at these locations in the past. Last year Marven had particularly good encounters with both adult wolves and their pups. He even watched wolves catch salmon. We are hoping for more good luck this season.

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 this trip is specifically designed to focus on wolves, the Great Bear Rainforest is a wildlife haven and we can expect to see numerous other species including black bears, whales (humpback, fin and orca), other sea mammals, and many bird species.

Accommodations

This trip is best for people with previous wilderness camping experience. The accommodations will be in tents. There will be a communal tent for cooking, eating and downloading photos. We may make use of a cabin at one location. There will be no toilets other than the forest.

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

This 7-Day trip will cost $5100 per person (Canadian dollars) + 5% GST.

A $1000 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.

Included: All boat travel, accommodations, guiding and food upon pick up at the dock in Prince Rupert.

Not included: Transportation to Prince Rupert. Food and accommodations in Prince Rupert. Gratuities for Gitga’at guides if desired.

Contact Tim for more details on the itinerary.

A wolf howling in and estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest