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Whales & Totems Tour Of The Great Bear Rainforest

Canada, North America

from $2,650* per person 7 Days August, October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Maple Leaf Adventures 12 people max
  • Airport, port mcneill, bc, canada
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
Among the 200+ islands of the Broughton Archipelago, the orcas have come for millennia to eat salmon. The salmon support the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples, too, and a colourful frontier culture.

On Maple Leaf's Whales and Totems whale watching cruise, discover this island world, where people live in houses that float on water, where it's possible to listen to whale song as you dine, and where white beaches turn out to be the shell middens from thousands of years of human villages.

In the forests grow ancient cedars, and in the shallow water constellations of colourful sea stars and other intertidal life flourish. (We may even catch some of the succulent crabs for dinner.)

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Canada, North America

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Day 1 Trip kickoff, Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay First Nations cultural centre. Dinner and hotel stay.

Day 2 Board Maple Leaf, orientation, sailing. Porpoise and dolphin viewing. Optional evening kayak.

Day 3 Killer whale watching for hours. Lunch in the company of whales. Afternoon forest interpretive walk.

Day 4 Sailing. Shore walk and intertidal life viewing. Visit remote Echo Bay and Billy Proctor's Museum.

Day 5 Cruising mainland fjord, river estuary walk, search for bears. Optional kayak, zodiac ride.

Day 6 Village Island ancient Kwakwaka'wakw village site, humpback whale watching, visit whale researchers on Hanson Island.

Day 7 Killer whale watching, cruising to Port McNeill.

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