“Win” for Grizzly Bears of
British Columbia

 Christmas came early for many British Columbians, and others abroad, when on December 18th the Provincial Government announced they would impose a full ban on hunting grizzly bears, province-wide.

Following consultation with Coastal First Nations, stakeholder groups, and the public, 78% of respondents indicated that the hunt should be abolished completely, indicating that trophy hunting was no longer acceptable.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation with Coastal First Nations, continues to work towards eliminating hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest, to transform them into places that are true sanctuaries for all wildlife like wolves, black bears and mountain goats. There is another region on BC’s coast, protecting coastal grizzlies and their habitat. It is called the Khutzeymateen or / K’tzim-a-deen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, located north of Prince Rupert.   Grizzly on the shoreline

Grizzly grazing on sedge grass   Established in 1994, it was deemed a Class A Provincial Park, dedicated to the protection, specifically, of grizzly bears. Home to the highest concentration of grizzlies in Canada, the Khutzeymateen is collaboratively managed by BC Parls, Coast Tsimshian First Nations and the Gitsi’is Tribe.

Working with First Nations, Bluewater Adventures is one of only a handful of operators allowed access to the sanctuary. Late May/ early June is the best time to visit the Sanctuary to photograpgh the bears. Mating season is sure to bring the large males to the estuaries - a rare and exciting sight to behold!

To ensure that we minimize our impact on this very important population of coastal grizzlies, we limit the number of trips we make to this remote and very wild place. Space is still available but limited on the following expedition. Please contact us for more information on this unforgettable journey.

North Coast Explorer/ Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

May 29 – June 4, 2018
Vessel - SV Island Roamer
7 days
CAD $4475 per person

(Add $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST = CAD $4803.75 per person)

Spring in Haida Gwaii

Humpback whales in Haida Gwaii with Bluewater Advenures   Poles at SGang Gwaay

You will know that spring has come to Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on the westernmost part of Canada, when the humpback whales arrive. This coincides with the herring spawn and bloom of krill, making up a large part of the humpback’s diet.

Spring also marks the return of nesting sea birds like the ancient murrelets. Only two days after hatching, parents will call out to the chicks and then fly to the ocean, beckoning them to the water’s edge. We hope to be present when this astonishing emergence takes place, surrounded by the cacophony of these birds calling to their young under the dark of night.

Travel with Haida Elders and historians for an personal and enriched introduction to Haida culture, art and history. Please contact us for more information on other dates or if you would like to book.

Spring Haida Gwaii Expeditions in 2018

May 24 – June 1, 2018
9 days
CAD $7450 per person

(add $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST= CAD $7927.50)
Be the first to experience Haida Gwaii aboard Bluewater’s new ship, Island Solitude!
  June 7 - 15, 2018
9 days
CAD $5985* per person

(add $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST= CAD $6389.25)

Vessel – Island Roamer

Happy New Year!

"After a season like 2017, we find it hard to imagine that that our trips could get any better. One thing is for sure - we can never know for certain what lies in store, and as a result, our guests and Crew are amazed, trip after trip, by our coast's rich wildlife and stunning landscapes.

Guests travel from around the world making each trip memorable and so much fun. With common interests and sense of adventure, friendships are fostered.

 This kind of travel is a magical experience. A chance to unplug and immerse yourself in what makes our blood rush and our eyes well up. On the BC coast, wilderness that stirs our souls still exists and keeps us coming back.

This time of year always brings excitement for what lies ahead. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from all of us at Bluewater Adventures. May 2018 bring us all much amazement and wonder."

Title image: Haida Gwaii  black bear, the worlds largest black bear species. Distinct from its mainland cousins by their size difference, especially head, molars and massive jaw is due to their omnivorous diet including, shellfish, barnacles, rock crabs and sea urchins.