2009 BEAR, WHALE, & EAGLES in BRITISH COLUMBIA
September 12 - 15 plus optional Raptor session
on Sept. 11th
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Join me in British Columbia in
September for an amazing adventure to
photograph feeding grizzly bears, black bears,
orcas, humpback whales, eagles, and more!
We will be staying in a private
lodge, flown in by float-plane. BUT YOU NEED
TO RESERVE NOW! There are 2 positions which
just opened up, but I expect them to fill fast.
Dates: Sept. 12 - 15 plus optional side trips from
Victoria beginning Sept. 10th
trip to the Lodge
trips for bears and whales
All meals at
Hotel stay on
Not included: Tips, airfare to Vancouver and
I have arranged a
side trip on Sept. 11th at Duncan to photograph
raptors at a raptor rehab center. The cost will be
around $20 USD.
The lodge only
accompanies 10 people - there are 5 bedrooms
and 3 full service bathrooms. This year the
chance of seeing feeding grizzly bears - 100%, black
bears - 100%, humpback whales - 96%, orcas - 95%.
This trip is better for bears than Alaska and at a
fraction of the price!
DAY 1 -
Leave late afternoon in your float
plane. Enjoy the view of the Coast
Mountains, channels and fjords as they
pass below. Land at the Lodge in the
center of the wilderness area. Get
settled in, meet your guide, relax, set
out on a short local trip to view
Bear feeding on the beach.
Return to the lodge and enjoy a
delicious dinner and learn some
background on the wildlife of the area.
Off to bed.
DAY 2 -
Rise early. Coffee and breakfast and
into your boat. You are off to the
strait, the summering grounds of the
Orca [Killer Whale]. Cruise the area
observing pods of these magnificent
mammals and with a little luck you'll
get to see their cousins, the Minke and
Humpback Whales. Another day of diving
Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Seals, Black
Bears and the magnificent
White-Sided Dolphins. After a
beach lunch or boat picnic there is more
exploring, wildlife viewing/photography,
and, if you're inclined, some fishing.
DAY 3 -
Rise early. After coffee and breakfast
you are off to your boat with your
guide. Travel the shores of the Inlet, a
spectacular scenic fjord, to a Cove
where you ride our "Grizzly Bus" [after
Aug 26 only] up to the salmon spawning
channel. Here you can photograph huge
Bears as they feed on these
fish using dives, scoops and plunges to
trap their prey. Observe two hours from
our viewing stand and then back to the
boat for lunch and more
Bear viewing at the estuary.
Trips before August 26 view the grizzly
bears interacting and feeding in the
estuary and on the beaches near the
Day # 4 -
Rise early (OK, now it is a given!).
After breakfast we take you to our wild
river by safari boat. View
Bear, Seals, and perhaps a
school of playing
White-Sided Dolphins on the
way. Meet one of our river guides,
Trapper Rick or his assistant Art, and
drive/ride an ATV to the spawning area
of the river. View
Eagles while watching the
schools of salmon preparing for
spawning. If you wish, fish off the bank
for the salmon or trout. Cruise back to
the Lodge to meet your late afternoon
plane back to civilization
Remember the price includes your meals,
the rooms at the lodge and the seaplane
in and out of the area. The workshop is
limited to 10 people (counting Carolyn
and myself). PLEASE NOTE! - the lodge
accommodates 10 guests at a time, but
there are only five bedrooms (twin or
double beds) and three all service
bathrooms. There is no
electricity in the lodge, but they turn
on a generator in the evening for
everyone to charge batteries.
The lodge will supply you with
sufficient equipment. Boots, Suits, Rain
Gear, Cooler Boxes are available at our
lodge when needed. If you wish to fish,
rods and lures will be provided. If you
are interested in fishing, let me know
as I believe a fishing license is
There is also a hot tub at the lodge!!
Note that I plan to
arrive in Vancouver a day or two early and rent a
car to drive to Campbell River (it is about a 4-5
hour drive including the ferry ride). I may
also drive back as there are many parks and
beautiful scenery all along the road. If
enough people would like to join me, we can share a
ride. There is also two local air services to
Campbell River and is a short 45 minute flight.