Trip reference number: 7333

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Grizzlies Of Khutzeymateen

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Travel aboard the Island Roamer yacht on a carnivore themed wildlife cruise. Encounter the grizzly bears of Khutzeymateen and some of British Columbia’s other prolific wildlife, which includes humpbacks, orcas, sealions and dolphins.

Since it was established in 1994 (the world's first conservation area of its kind), Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary offers coastal brown bears an area free from the depradations of hunting and logging, where they can feed and rear their young without risk. Scientists estimate that around 50 grizzlies are protected by the no-hunting policy of Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. The headwaters of Khutzeymateen Inlet are protected, and the area was recently expanded to include the entire inlet as the Khutzeymateen Conservancy. With one of the few permits to access the Sanctuary, we will use our zodiacs to venture right into the estuary where the bears are feeding.

The waters of the north coast are frequented by marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, humpback whales and the infamous orca, or killer whale. We may also encounter Dall's porpoises, the fastest cetaceans in the oceans, which often ride our bow wave while we are under way. Giant Steller's sea lions are commonly seen hauled out along the rocky shores.

This area has a rich and varied bird population: an amazing number of bald eagles, ravens and various species of gulls gather in the estuaries to feed on the spawning salmon. A variety of other birds, such as the common merganser, black oystercatcher, American dipper and Steller's jays are also common visitors to the rivers of the rainforest.

Typical itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Fly to Prince Rupert
  2. Day 2: Board Island Roamer & set sail for Chatham Sound
  3. Days 3-4: Chatham Sound
  4. Days 5-6: Khutzeymateen Inlet
  5. Day 7: Chatham Sound
  6. Day 8: Disembark in Prince Rupert & fly to Vancouver
  7. Day 9: Depart Vancouver
  8. Day 10: Arrive UK

Please note: The price includes a CAD100 per person donation to support conservation efforts in British Colombia and Alaska.

  • Available*: Jun
  • Group size: 16
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £4,395 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £3,245 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights between Vancouver & Prince Rupert (flight inclusive package only)
    • 1 night hotel in Prince Rupert (flight inclusive package only)
    • 1 night hotel in Vancouver (flight inclusive package only)
    • 6 nights shared cabin on vessel
    • All meals while on board vessel (room only in hotels)
    • All transfers
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Photography
    • Sea kayaking
    • Walking


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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