Special Trips in 2020

Bluewater Adventures is known for creating unique and memorable travel experiences on the British Columbia coast and Southeast Alaska. Although all are considered special, some of them are worth writing about here. Each may feature a notable bear behaviourist, an ornithologist or a First Nations Elder or artist - all contributing something of themselves and crafting an immersive, educational and unforgettable experience for each of our guests. This is what sets travel with Bluewater Adventures apart from the rest. Is addition to our very talented and attentive Crew, these folks are sure to contribute to these trips in an unimaginable ways.

 

Kake Sun   A humpback whale fluke   Sub adult Grizzly in Alaska   Rhinoceros Auklet with a beak full of fish




Hand Carved Canoe paddles

Immerse Yourself in Cultural History

Bluewater Adventures itineraries explore coastal areas of British Columbia that are the traditional territories of several First Nations communities. It is a breathtaking area made up of varying landscapes that provided the perfect locations to build villages dating back many thousands of years. The ocean provided an endless banquet and the land with supplies and medicine.  

Here are some of the trips we are looking forward to where we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the coast with the help of our First Nations Resource Guides. We will learn about their history through art, myths and legends, their traditions and history, foods, and how they interacted with the natural world.
   

 

Robert Davidson  

Haida Gwaii - Robert Davidson & Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson 

"Robert Davidson is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled." robertdavidson.ca
"Terri-Lynn is a Haida musician, author, activist, artist, and lawyer, well known for her work in aboriginal-environmental law and as a recognized keeper of traditions."  ravencallingproductions.ca

Together, they bring a very unique experience to travelers through their art, history and stories.
 

June 17 - 25, 2020 - SOLD OUT
Start/ Finish - Sandspit, BC
Vessel - Island Solitude

9-days - $8125 per person

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Corrine Hunt Artist  

Northern Vancouver Island - Whales, Totems & Grizzlies
with Corrine Hunt - Artist, Carver, Jeweler

The traditional art of the Kwakwaka’wakw has inspired her work as an artist, carver, and jeweller and her work in the design field for the last 30 years.  She treasures travelling the world, absorbing the aesthetics and then returning home to the Northern Vancouver Island region to fuse her life experiences with the traditional Komoyue culture. You will recognise her work in design of the Olympic and Paralympic medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics. 
 

June 7 - August 2, 2020
Start/ Finish - Port McNeill, BC
Vessel - Island Odyssey
7-days - $4850 per person

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Curious Juvenile Steller sea lions
   

Wildlife Unfiltered


There are many things that the British Columbia coast is famous for. One highlight that brings people from around the world time and again is the absolute beauty and richness of our wild places. The richness of our coastal waters brings wildlife to the shores because of the bounty it provides them. From roots, grasses, berries and crabapples to tiny crustaceans, herring and salmon – the coast covers all the necessary food groups.

Our wildlife logs capture our amazing encounters throughout our operating season. The sheer variety of marine mammals, birds and intertidal creatures to bears, wolves, deer and pine martins – we are grateful for each moment they allow us. This is echoed by our wildlife specialists we welcome aboard. Leading our trips, they engage with answers and excitement to share what they know. Having difficulty choosing which trip to book – perhaps these renowned Naturalists will help you to decide.

 

Keith Moore Birder in Haida Gwaii  

Haida Gwaii with Bird Specialist, Keith Moore

If you are an ornithophile (a person who loves birds), then check this out. Late May/ early June expeditions provide some of the best viewing with migrating sea birds flocking to Haida Gwaii in huge numbers to nest.  One such bird is called the Ancient Murrelet. They are monitored closely at Laskeek Bay Conservation Society on Limestone Island.  Biologist and Haida Gwaii local, Keith Moore, will be leading this trip - our Crew's favourite time of year to explore this breath-taking archipelago.


May 24 - June 1, 2020 
Start/ Finish - Sandspit, BC
Vessel - Island Solitude

9-days - $8125 per person

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Dr Barrie Gilbert Bear Man  

North America's Only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary with Dr Barrie Gilbert

Barrie's specialty is behavioural and conservation ecology, especially the application of behavioural science to management of human-wildlife interactions. Simply put - he is a grizzly bear specialist with stories you will never forget. His recent research has focused on the impacts of roads, access and recreation on bears and other carnivores, their habitat, and plans to minimize or eliminate these impacts at a protected area scale. He began studying bears in 1974 and started working with coastal B.C. bears in 1996.  Barrie's recently released book, One of Us: A Biologist's Walk Among Bears shares his fascination, experience and reverence for these mighty carnivores.


May 31 - June 6, 2020 
Start/ Finish - Prince Rupert, BC
Vessel - Island Roamer

7-days - $4750 per person

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Captain Brian Falconer  

Whales, Bears & Glaciers of Southeast Alaska with Captain Brian Falconer

Brian Falconer can easily be described as one of the most experienced Captains on the west coast. 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 and up until now we have never advertised trips specifically crafted and hosted by Brian. His captivating storytelling, passion for marine exploration, wealth of knowledge on coastal ecology and wildlife conservation sets the Brian experience apart from the rest.


July 5 - 15, 2020 
Start - Prince Rupert, BC / Finish - Petersburg, AK
Vessel - Island Roamer

11-days - $7550 per person

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Rob Lott Orca Specialist  

Great Bear Sea Exploration with Orca Specialist, Rob Lott

Rob Lott is policy manager and Orca programme lead for Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), an international charity which campaigns to see a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. Based in the UK, Rob works on WDC’s anti-captivity programme, addressing the issue of the ongoing live capture of cetaceans in Russia and Japan. He makes his annual pilgrimage to the BC coast to study our local orca populations.  This custom itinerary combines exploration of remote estuaries in search of foraging bears, and coastal wolves just before the salmon arrive with opportunities to navigate favourite foraging areas for  orca, humpback whales, fin whales and other marine mammals.


May 31 - June 6, 2020 
Start/ Finish - Prince Rupert, BC
Vessel - Island Roamer

7-days - $4750 per person

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Bluewater Adventures   Island Solitude   Island Roamer and Waterfall   Island Odyssey in front of tidal glacier