The central coast of British Columbia presents the perfect backdrop for adventure cruises and wildlife viewing. This Canadian coast is a land of fjords between towering mountains, lush islands, spectacular waterfalls and great river estuaries. The largest intact area of temperate rainforest left in North American lies along this coast known as the Great Bear Rainforest and it is home to hundreds of species of wildlife as well as a very rare species of bear. Rich salmon streams weave through the valley bottoms and provide food for magnificent creatures such as orcas, eagles, wolves, black and grizzly bears. This is the sole habitat of the white Kermode Bear or “Spirit” bear which is a unique species of black bear with a white coat.
This is also home to the First Nations tribes: Heiltsuk, Kitasoo Xai’xais, Haisla, Gitga’at and Henaaksiala. Everywhere along this coast is evidence of their civilization. Fish traps, bark-stripped trees, longhouses and totems all remain giving testimony to a way of life tuned to nature. Visits to their modern villages, talking with tribal elders and local residents and enjoying their ancient art traditions are all culturally enriching.
For an intimate cruise experience, TMI Tours & Cruises recommends a vacation aboard the Maple Leaf Schooner. She sails from Sidney, B.C., Canada along the entire length of the Great Bear Rainforest twice in Spring, once in Summer and twice in Fall. This classic 92 foot, 5-sail schooner was completely restored between 1980-1986 and offers all modern conveiniences while still maintaining her old-world charm. Sailing with a crew of 5, a guest list of 8 and a fabulous chef, this vacation will feel like you are aboard your own private yacht. Entertainment will be provided by local scientists, naturalists and of course, the inhabitants of this precious piece of land and ocean.
Contact Linda or Rhonda at TMI Tours & Cruises for a full itinerary, brochure or dates of sailing aboard this majestic tall ship, the Maple Leaf Schooner. 1-800-975-7775 or [email protected]