RBBC THE WILD PACIFIC COAST 2021 TOUR

With Rachel Bertsch

RBBC THE WILD PACIFIC COAST 2021 TOUR
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Historic telegraph Cove; Indigenous culture, past and present; Great Bear Rainforest wildlife safari; Inside Passage day ferry; North coast whale watching; Overnight ferry to Haida Gwaii; Haida people culture and ancient sites; Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage; Float plane excursion

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Tue 07 Sep 2021Fri 17 Sep 2021 $5490 USD

Land Price, single supplement (if chosen), and any extra hotel nights subject to an additional 5% Canadian Tax (GST). This is not included in the pricing above.

Optional Single Supplement: $711 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $355 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.


Tour Overview


This tour was designed by, and will be led by, senior Tour Leader, Rachel Bertsch, a resident of Coastal British Columbia.

Join us for a fascinating look into the coastal lives of the Pacific Northwest. With First Nations history dating back thousands of years, we will witness living cultures among a backdrop of vast and beautiful landscapes.

Soar above and between coastal fjords, cruise the Inside Passage, discover whale superhighways, the Great Bear Rainforest, and wander the 'Galapagos of the North'.

Grab your sense of adventure, your curiosity of cultures and your love of wildlife. This unique tour will explore small communities that have been thriving off their coastal environments as well as provide a west coast welcome you'll never forget.

Regions visited: North America
Countries visited: Canada


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive in Campbell River, BC
Welcome to Campbell River!*

Our journey begins in the southern end of the Discovery Passage. With the sea on our doorstep and the Coastal Mountains visible in the backdrop, we will begin our journey in a magnificent setting along the 50th parallel.

Check into your hotel downtown and have the afternoon on your own to explore this fine city before meeting your tour director and fellow passengers for an evening meal.

* Campbell River is accessible by air (airport code YBL, connections likely through Vancouver) or by road/ferry from the mainland or elsewhere on the island.

Overnight in Campbell River

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 U'Mista Cultural Centre & Telegraph Cove
Vast forests spread across Vancouver Island, BC’s largest island stretching 460km in length and covering over 3400km of coastline. Today we will pause amongst some scenic spots to get a better look at the forests of Vancouver Island.

Our main destination will be U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, to view the Potlatch Collection. The word "potlatch" means "to give" and comes from a trade jargon, Chinook, formerly used along the Pacific coast of Canada. Guests witnessing the event are given gifts. The more gifts given, the higher the status achieved by the potlatch host. The potlatch ceremony marks important occasions in the lives of the Kwakwaka'wakw: the naming of children, marriage, transferring rights and privileges and mourning the dead.

U’Mista has an unparalleled collection of the Kwakwaka'wakw arts, all confiscated from a Potlatch ceremony in the early 20th century from people who believe that a rich and powerful person is someone who gives the most away.

Following our visit in Alert Bay, we will take the ferry back to Vancouver Island and check into our hotel at Telegraph Cove. A former fishing and forestry village, now home to 20 people, Telegraph Cove oozes the charm of what many of BC’s Coastal towns used to be.

Later this afternoon you’ll have the chance to wander the boardwalk with interpretive signs explaining the residents of the past before exploring the Whale Museum or perhaps you’ll take the longer walk along the old telegraph line to Blinkhorn Peninsula, at the entrance to the northern tip of Johnstone Strait.

Overnight in Telegraph Cove.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Grizzly Adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago
Located on the northern entrance to the Johnstone Strait, dubbed a 'whale superhighway,' today we embark on a boat cruise into the Broughton Archipelago, a stunning cluster of inlets and islands within a marine park.

With our local indigenous guides, we will search for grizzly bears along the salmon running rivers with an immersive experience that may have us walking amongst the forest and streams. A full-day adventure, our First Nations guides will introduce us to historic and culturally significant areas within the region.

Marine life is abundant here, as we try to spot white-sided dolphins, seals, steller sea lions and dolls porpoises. Bring your binoculars and wear sturdy shoes.

Overnight in Telegraph Cove.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Inside Passage Ferry - Prince Rupert
We have an early start (boxed breakfast) to board our comfortable BC Ferries vessel, which will take us through the famous Inside Passage.

The coastal navigation route follows a series of passages cut by glaciers millions of years ago to create spectacular fjords covered with dense rainforests, waterfalls and mountains. During our cruise today, we will pass through an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest, the home of the blonde coloured ‘Spirit Bear’.

The blonde coloured Kermode bear belongs to the black bear family and are few in numbers. Approximately 120 reside in this part of the world. We likely will not see these bears, but we may see many other types of wildlife during the cruise so have your binoculars ready.

Highlights today include the 70km long Grenville Channel. Mountains of 450-1100M / 1500-3500 ft surround Grenville Channel, the most spectacular channel along the Inside Passage. The narrowest portion is a mere 430m (1,400 ft) wide, but depths up to 500m / 1,620 ft allow vessels to travel close to the shore.

As this cruise is very scenic, we opt not to have a formal meal together in the evening to give you more opportunities to enjoy your surroundings. There are plenty of dining options onboard including the choice of table service or a quick informal cafeteria setting.

We arrive in Prince Rupert late and transfer directly to the hotel.

Overnight Prince Rupert.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5 Whale Watching
Set amongst the sheltered Inside Passage of BC’s North Coast, we will board vessels in search for orcas following the migrating salmon, grey whales feasting on kelp beds, humpbacks diving to feed, Stellar sea lions, harbour seals, eagles, herons and more.

The North Coast is acknowledged as one of the most accessible and predictable locations to see whales and we hope to have many up close encounters with these creatures.

Overnight in Prince Rupert.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 North Pacific Cannery Visit - Ferry to Haida Gwaii
We visit the North Pacific Cannery, the longest running cannery in British Columbia’s history for an in depth guided tour. The North Pacific Cannery was formed in 1889 and operated as a premier salmon production and canning facility for almost 90 years until the late 1970’s. Now operating as a museum to preserve the history of the cannery, we will explore the site with a guided tour and finish with a historically inspired lunch at the cannery.

There will be some free time today to enjoy the small town charm of Prince Rupert with time to see Cow Bay or the Museum of Northern British Columbia independently.

Later today, we will board an overnight ferry to cross the Hecate Strait to Haida Gwaii. Often regarded as the ‘Galapagos of the North’, we will spend the next four days learning about the history, heritage, and wilderness of this isolated part of the world.

Haida Gwaii, meaning ‘Islands of the People’ is an archipelago of over 150 islands with an incredible history surrounding the culture of the Haida People who first inhabited these islands over 10,000 years ago. We sail through the scenic Hecate Strait, named for the HMS Hecate used for surveying these waters in the 1860’s. Thousands of years before being named the Hecate Strait, the strait was both a transport route to the mainland land, with its shallow waterways providing a navigational challenge to outsiders, and a source of protection for the Haida people.

Overnight BC Ferries in a Private Cabin.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Arrival in Haida Gwaii - Excursion to K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans)
This morning we arrive on Haida Gwaii and embark on our sightseeing program. We'll board zodiac vessels and travel the coastal waters to the edge of Gwaii Haanas National Park to the Skedans, known locally as K'uuna Llnagaay.

Our journey today is filled with storytelling and songs of the Haida People while exploring the coastlines filled with sea lion rookeries. At the village site of K’uuna Llnagaay, a National Historic Site of Canada, an interpretive tour allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the incredible history, culture and way of life of the Haida people who once inhabited the village.

K’uuna Llnagaay is located on the northeast corner of Louise Island. At its height, the village had between 26 to 30 longhouses. In the late 1800s, more than 50 pieces of monumental sculpture were recorded at K’uuna Llnagaay, including 22 frontal poles, 18 single mortuary poles, 3 double mortuary poles, 5 memorial poles, and 5 mortuary figures. Today, a few carved memorial and mortuary poles remain standing and the depressions of several longhouses give a sense of their former scale.

After an incredible day, we arrive back in Queen Charlotte City this evening.

Overnight in Queen Charlotte City.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Graham Island Sightseeing
Today we will have a local Haida guide tour us around Graham Island, the most populated island in the archipelago. We will venture to the Golden Spruce Trail in Port Clements. The Golden Spruce trail, named for the Golden Sitka Spruce that once grew at the end of the trail. The Golden Sitka Spruce, a spruce tree that grew for nearly 300 years had a mutation causing the spruce to grow needles of a golden yellow colour.

Another stop will be in the important Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llangaay in Skidegate, an award winning museum. Through language, art and stories, this centre is a wonderful introduction to the Haida relationship with the land and sea that has shaped, nourished and sustained this culture for centuries.

We return to Queen Charlotte City before for dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Queen Charlotte City.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotsprings Island) & Hlk'yah GawGa (Windy Bay) OR Floatplane Ninstints / SGang Gwaay Tour
Today (day 9) and tomorrow (day 10) our sightseeing with the group is split to encourage minimal impact on the fragile environments we visit as well as a more intimate tour experience; some group members will do the sightseeing as described below on Day 10.

This day trip includes a Zodiac tour to Hlk'yah GawGa (Windy Bay) and to Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotsprings Island). This area is symbolic to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage site because it was here, in 1985, that the Haida people took a stand against clear cut logging practices in South Moresby. This stand resulted in the creation of Gwaii Haanas, and the erection of the Legacy Pole.

You will also make a stop at Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotpsrings Island) which commonly provided food to the Haida people, as well as warm waters to comfort, nourish and heal the body and soul. You will have the opportunity to bathe in the springs, which recently returned after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake stop their flow in 2012. If bathing does not appeal to you, the waters of Gandll K’in have created a unique intertidal environment for you to explore.

Along the way, our guides will incorporate storytelling, songs, and local history, giving guests a glimpse into our heritage, and how we protect our land and waters.

Overnight in Queen Charlotte City (dinner on your own this evening - both groups).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotsprings Island) & Hlk'yah GawGa (Windy Bay) OR Floatplane Ninstints / SGang Gwaay Tour
The group that did the excursion described on Day 9 will have a full day adventure as we travel by seaplane and boat south to Rose Harbour and then with a guided visit to SGang Gwaay Llnagaay in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Greeted by Haida Watchmen, a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site will be unforgettable.

This area embodies the rugged Pacific beauty while connecting 10,000 years of history between the Haida and this region. The best preserved site, we will be joined by Haida Watchmen after a float plane flight and 20 minute boat ride to witness original totems and abandoned villages that evoke strong feelings of the past.

Overnight in Queen Charlotte City.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Departure Day
Today after breakfast we say goodbye to each other as a group.

As we will be based in Queen Charlotte City, it makes most sense for travellers to depart from Sandspit Airport (YZP); an alternative, but with fewer flights and farther to travel, is Masset.
Land & Air passengers will be transfered to YZP as part of their tour; if you book your own air, we can provide transport information once we have a clearer sense of travellers' departure times, which may dictate a group transfer - TBA.

BON VOYAGE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Ramada Campbell River

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Campbell River
Country: Canada

Across the road from the Pacific Ocean, this laid-back hotel in an alpine-style building is 3 km from the Discovery
... Aquarium.
Simple rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffee making equipment.

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Telegraph Cove Resort

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Telegraph Cove
Country: Canada

Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island. This tiny and picturesque village is a
... destination during the summer month when the snug little bay bustles with whale watchers, fishermen, boaters, campers and kayakers. Telegraph Cove Resort has a rich and colourful past and is one of the last boardwalk settlements left on Vancouver Island.
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Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Prince Rupert
Country: Canada

The Prestige Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of historic Prince Rupert, close to shopping and a variety of
... local restaurants. The hotel is only a short stroll to Prince Rupert's Inner Harbour where you can enjoy local attractions, events and entertainment, as well as local artists' specialty shops and so much more.
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Sea Raven Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Queen Charlotte
Country: Canada

We are the largest and one of the most modern facilities in Queen Charlotte with 30 rooms, and an oceanfront
... restaurant.
Let us be your home during your visit to the Haida Gwaii. The Sea Raven has many rooms with views of Skidegate Inlet. We are within walking distance to all local facilities and we are certain that you will find the Sea Raven a very friendly, convenient and relaxing place to stay.

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Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast daily; other meals as per the tour itinerary. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters, and airport transfer costs for customers who purchase their air through us.

Your pre-trip notes provide further information about food, weather, packing, and preparing for local excursions.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches & dinners (see tour itinerary), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only travellers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, transfers, and shopping.

Land Price, single supplement (if chosen), and any extra hotel nights subject to an additional 5% Canadian Tax (GST).

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is offered at the end of summer in a part of the world notorious for changeable weather. Overall temperatures will be cool yet comfortable, and we can expect rain at any time. There is also the possibility of fine, warm days, but layering and being prepared for everything and anything is a must! This is a temperate rain forest, and the beauty and ecological diversity around us is a reflection of life on the West ('wet') Coast.

Your post-reservation trip notes will provide more detailed info about climate/weather and how to prepare for the trip.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Most point-to-point travel throughout this journey is via water and, although many voyages are in sheltered waters, we are at the mercy of weather conditions. Some local excursions will utilize smaller vessels on which extra clothing will be provided for you to use on a complimentary basis.

Local land transport will be provided by private air-conditioned/heated touring van.

Our overnight ferry to Haida Gwaii features comfortable public spaces, dining facilities, and private en suite cabins.

Our difficulty classification "level 2" refers to the to the overall ambitious nature of the program, the isolated locales visited, and the small boats we use throughout the itinerary. On these days, participants can expect to be walking (we would not consider this to be "hiking" per se) on uneven ground in a wilderness setting and be able to get in and out of boats. As such, a higher fitness level than average is recommended for this tour.

Please note that most accommodation will not provide baggage handling -- you must be independent with your bags.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

Our hotels in Campbell River and Prince Rupert will be well-located 3-star properties. In Telegraph Cove, we will be at a remote wilderness lodge. For Haida Gwaii, we will stay in a simple, though clean and comfortable motel. Our hotels are smaller properties that may not have elevators. All accommodation have en suite toilet and bath though some have shower only (ie no bathtub).

Our overnight crossing on BC Ferries features private cabins, shower, basin, toilets and some have a wardrobe with a small desk (depending on the ferry vessel). Please visit www.bcferries.com

A mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you have selected our share program and we fail to pair you. Due to the high cost of single accommodation on this tour, the mandatory up-charge is 50% of the regular single supplement.

Please click on "Map & Hotels" tab for more information.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, Rachel Bertsch (who designed this tour and resides in Canada’s west coast), driver, local step-on guides and various locales.

Group Size

Due to the remoteness of some of the locales visited and a lack of accommodation, we have limited the group size to 9 plus Tour Leader

RBBC TRIP DETAILS

DURATION11 days

TOUR STARTCampbell River

TOUR ENDSandspit

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