Great Bear Sailing Adventures



Birding in the “Pacific Flyway”

The Great Bear Rainforest is located on the “Pacific Flyway”; the main north-south migratory path in western North America. Each Spring, millions of migratory birds return to this area which is a testament for the Central Coast’s rich biological productivity.

Every year, millions of birds & dozens of different species are known to breed on the BC coast.

Shorelines, old growth forests, rocky bluffs & inlets all provide shelter & nesting habitat for this large diversity of birds. Of the many bird species you may spot on our expeditions are: Tufted Puffins, Horned Puffins, Surf Scooters, Pigeon Guillemots. Cassin’s Auklet, Blue Heron, Trumpeter Swans, Sand-hill Cranes among many others.

This 6-day trip is the ultimate adventure birding experience in remote corners of the Great Bear Rainforest. From lonely windswept breeding rookeries, to rich alluvial estuaries, ancient hillsides, overhanging cliff faces & churning tidal driven ocean currents, this trip is about going to places birds live, breed, feed & rest while migrating & having adequate time to observe them.  

$7500, includes food. Groups up to 4

This Route will include coastal areas within the Great Bear Rainforest including:

King Island
Eucott Bay
Dean Channel
Goose Island
Kwatna Bay
Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area
Kildit Sound

May 5th – 11th Expedition
May 20th – 25th Expedition
Inquire about more Spring & Fall  dates.

Birding Guide, Ian Barnett

Cruise with our Resident Birding Expert

Ian Barnett has worked across Canada in land and water conservation for 38 years as a biologist and senior executive leader at the Nature Conservancy Canada & Ducks Unlimited Canada. He has an avid interest in birds and the outdoors & wide-ranging knowledge of natural history & conservation initiatives across the country.

Ian has travelled extensively throughout Canada’s provinces & territories on foot, bike, canoe, kayak, horse, aircraft & automobile. He has also pursued his bird and wildlife interests in Africa, Australia, South America, Central America, the Arctic & throughout the US and Mexico.