2019 Special Trips
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Travel with Dr Rob Butler in Haida Gwaii
June 14 - 22, 2019
Over half a century of watching, writing, drawing, listening and living among birds, Rob Butler’s views have transformed from ecology and behaviour of birds to a unifying vision of nature and human culture which he calls Nature Culture.
Dr. Rob Butler holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Society, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.
His research career includes the social behaviour of crows, ecology of herons, and migration of birds.
Rob is an adjunct professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and has published over 150 works for scientific and popular audiences. He has scores of appearances on television, radio and in newspapers. He wrote and co-produced with Mike McKinlay two films on nature and culture.
|He has served on many boards including The Nature Trust of British Columbia, President the Pacific Wildlife Foundation, and Chair of the Vancouver International Bird Festival. He is Honorary Director of Nature Kids that he co-founded in 2000.
We look forward to the release of his latest project, "Returning". A film that journeyed to British Columbia's Salish Sea, "to see the how the natural world became a part of the culture of the people that lived there..." See trailer here
Bluewater Conservation Expedition
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve & the Salish Sea
Proudly with Raincoast Conservation Foundation
We have partnered with our friends at Raincoast Conservation Foundation, we aim to support their ongoing research efforts to conserve wilderness and wildlife along the British Columbia Coast. In particular peril are the Southern resident killer whales due to changes in habitat, marine traffic noise and disappearing chinook salmon stocks. We do not anticipate that they will be present in the Gulf Islands at this time of year, but if they are, we will give them a very wide berth.
We are honoured to have Dr Paul Paquet as the Naturalist on this expedition. With his expertise in conservation biology and “real world management”, guests are certain to see the natural world from a different perspective.We will keep watch for migrating sea birds, humpback whales that begin their journey north and for Bigg's killer whales (marine mammal- eating). In addition to engaging in dialogue on the plight of the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the health of the Salish Sea, this adventure will include hikes in coastal forests, the chance to explore buy kayak and enjoy the beauty of BC’s south coast.
Canadian Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea: A Conservation Expedition
|April 23 - 27, 2019 SOLD OUT
Start/ Finish - Sidney, BC
Vessel - SV Island Solitude
$3435 + $300 conservation fee + 5% GST = CAD $3921.75
Dr Paul Paquet
is Senior Scientist/Research Director for Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He is a biologist who is best known for his ecological
|and behavioral research on large carnivores, especially regarding wolves and bears in both the US and Canada. Paul has graduate degrees in philosophy, wildlife behavior and conservation, biology, and a Ph.D. in zoology from University of Alberta. His research focuses on the interface between ecological theory and conservation.|
Haida History Intensive
Throughout the last 45 years of operating trips in Haida Gwaii, Bluewater Adventures has made lasting friendships with the Haida. If you ask any of our Crew who have travelled with Haida trip leaders, they will tell you that it is the best way to explore the Islands and learn about Haida Gwaii. The Haida's "oral tradition" provides us with Haida history explained through stories. Stories from their childhood, from a Hereditary Chief, from a Matriarch - like their Great Auntie.
We are very excited to share plans for 2019. Opportunities to travel with the following trip leaders are still available, but likely not for long.
2019 Haida Gwaii Expeditions
Haida Elder & historian
June 22 - 30 (SV Island Roamer)
|Robert Davidson & Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
Haida Carver & Artist
June 25 - July 2 (SV Island Solitude)
|Barb Wilson, Kii'iljuus - Haida Matriarch with
Dr Nancy Turner - Ethnobotanist
July 31 - August 7 ( SV Island Solitude)
Exploring BC's North Coast and the Grizzlies' Lair
Bluewater Adventures' little known expedition, "the North Coast/ Khutzeymateen" is one of the latest itineraries to make into our coveted quiver of trips. Because the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is only accessible by just a few operators, it has hardly made it onto coastal BC's map.
It is definitely not because it isn't worth seeing, it is because there are so few travelers that can say that they have ever been there.
Located just north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the Khutzeymateen Conservancy and Sanctuary lay protected for this very important population of coastal grizzlies. We invite you to experience the grandeur of a pristine and wild estuary where bears and salmon go about their bear and salmon lives without intrusion - it is a spectacular sight.
In 2019, we there will be an additional day spent at the Sanctuary - perfect for bear lovers and photographers! We invite you to join us on a very limited opportunity to experience this very wild place.
May 29 - June 4, 2019
Start/ Finish - Prince Rupert, BC
Vessel - SV Island Roamer
7 days - $4630 per person
add $100 sustainability fee + 5% GST 1 SPACE AVAILABLE
The time has come! Long-time Bluewater Captain Brian Falconer has specially crafted a special "Super" 13-day, custom itinerary exploring Southeast Alaska. For years, Brian has been talking about a Southeast Alaska Super Trip and in 2019, we are excited to finally bring it to life! We are also offering an "Epic" 9-day Southeast Alaska Itinerary with Captain Brian for those of you with a tighter travel schedule.
Southeast Alaska with Captain Brain Falconer
These trips are sure to sell out so please do not delay in contacting us for more information or to book!
photo: G MacHutchon
Photo: V Shore
Photo: P Goldstein
Captain Brian Falconer
|Brian Falconer can easily be described as one of the most experienced Captains on the west coast. Dating back to the 1980’s when he rebuilt the schooner Maple Leaf, he started leading eco-tours and fell in love with the wildlife and hidden gems of Southeast Alaska. He has built an enviable reputation coastwide working with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation (marine mammals surveys, bear hunting territory buyouts) and with Bluewater Adventures since 2003. He is often specially requested by our various charter groups.|
|His captivating storytelling, passion for marine exploration, wealth of knowledge on coastal ecology and wildlife conservation sets the Brian experience apart from the rest.|
Trip #1: "Super" Southeast Alaska – July 26-August 7, 2019
Sample Itinerary:Day 1:
We embark from Prince Rupert, BC and cross into the coastal waters of Southeast Alaska.
Day 2 – 12:
By day 2, we clear US Customs in Ketchikan, AK, allowing guests a bit of time to explore this charismatic coastal town before our search for marine and coastal wildlife begins. Throughout the remainder of the trip, guests will have ample time for wildlife viewing. Bluewater Adventures has grandfathered access to two renowned grizzly and black bear viewing destinations known as Anan Creek and Pack Creek, which will offer guests two full days dedicated to bear viewing. We will spend time in the reaches of Chatam Strait and Frederick Sound which offers some of the best whale watching on the coast due to the wealth of feed congested in this area. We will take our time to
|"Chino" at Pack Creek Photo: Jenny Varley|
|explore neighbouring areas such as Coronation Island, an especially popular area for thousands of nesting seabirds, and Tracy Arm for an up-close viewing experience of ancient glaciers. We will always be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises, killer whales, sea otters and other coastal wildlife this part of the world has to offer. In addition to the abundance of wildlife in this region, the backdrop of surrounding coastal landscape consists of breathtaking mountain ranges that reach up to 16,000ft above sea level. Weather can affect the exact itinerary, however traveling during the mid-summer on the Pacific Northwest offers us the best chances to explore this spectacular region.
The trip will conclude in Petersburg, AK. Guests will have some time to wander through town depending on departure flights.
Super Southeast Alaska Expedition
Start: Prince Rupert, BC
|Photo: G MacHutchon|
Trip #2: "Epic" Southeast Alaska – August 8-16, 2019
On day 1, we will embark from Petersburg, AK in the early afternoon and focus the start of our trip on enjoying the whales of Frederick Sound.
Starting from Petersburg, AK we start with enjoying the whales of Frederick Sound and the glaciers of Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm. Heading south we do a jet boat excursion into LeConte Glacier and then stop at renowned Anan Creek for some of the best bear viewing in the World before finishing the trip in Prince Rupert, BC.
Day 9: Trip Finish
The trip concludes with our arrival in Prince Rupert, BC.
Epic Southeast Alaska Expedition
Start: Petersburg, AK
|Photo: J Lock|