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Eat Chocolate, Save Bears and Win a Great Bear Rainforest trip

Eat Chocolate, Save the Bears and Win a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, British Columbia

How to Win a Great Bear Rainforest Trip with Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Right now, Raincoast Conservation Foundation‘s research vessel Achiever is sailing along the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, through coastal fjords, vast forests, and shorelines of one of the planet’s last great tracts of intact temperate coastal rainforest. Aboard, our guests hope to encounter coastal wolves, killer whales, grizzly bears, a huge […]

Get Some Island Time: Quadra Island and Cortes Island

Get Some Island Time: Quadra Island and Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada

How time flies. Almost 20 years past, I spent numerous days bike touring on Quadra Island and Cortes Island, located east of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. I returned on my loaded touring bike for 3 days and 2 nights in January this year. I wanted to explore a little further, to see how things might have changed, to camp again at Smelt Bay Provincial Park, and to test some fond memories of the […]

Salish Sea Marine Trail connects Vancouver Island to BC Mainland

Salish Sea Marine Trail, Vancouver Island and BC Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

How do you connect the Trans Canada Trail from the British Columbia mainland to Vancouver Island? Just add saltwater and stir with a paddle.

The result is the Salish Sea Marine Trail, a saltwater route designed for paddle craft that will connect Jericho Beach in Vancouver to Kilometre Zero of the Trans Canada Trail at Clover Point in Victoria, BC.

The 257-kilometre trail will snake north from Clover Point, along Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula into the Gulf Islands, […]

By | April 25th, 2017|Canoeing & Kayaking, Top Stories|0 Comments

Astonishing Perspective from a Kayak of Breaching Humpback Whales

Astonishing Perspective from a Kayak of Breaching Humpback Whales, Via Wildcoast Adventures, British Columbia

During a Discovery Islands Kayaking Expedition last August, paddlers had been enjoying the usual features of this trip, amazing scenery, fantastic camping, great meals in the wilderness and just getting away from it all.

But this turned out to be no ordinary trip and little did everyone know that the highlight would be the sight of humpback whales breaching just meters from their kayaks.

Spectacular Kayaking Trip from the Get Go

Sometimes, all the elements of a fantastic trip just […]

A Fyke Net, Steve, Killer Whales and the Bella Rose

A fyke net, Steve, killer whales and the Bella Rose

It takes this and more to locate, capture, sample, release and analyze the results from our juvenile salmon field research in the Fraser River estuary near Vancouver, BC. On the Fraser’s shallow saltmarsh, a specialized fyke net is designed with wings that guide the fish toward the trap. Temporarily fixed to the channel bottom, this type of net is perfect for the delta’s tidal habitat.

One fyke net – $2,500

Even more important are Steve and the Bella Rose. Steven Stark, […]

BC Oil Tanker Ban won’t actually ban Tankers Full of Oil Products

The Nathan E. Stewart, a sunken fuel barge tug that leaked fuel into shellfish harvest grounds near Bella Bella, British Columbia. Photo: April Bencze/Heiltsuk Tribal Council

The Oil Tanker Ban won’t actually ban Tankers Full of Oil products on British Columbia’s North Coast

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s November proposal to ban oil tanker traffic from B.C.’s north coast received kind reception on the west coast of Canada where the Heiltsuk First Nation was still busy responding to a devastating diesel spill from the Nathan E. Stewart, a sunken fuel barge tug that was leaking […]

By | February 9th, 2017|Top Stories|0 Comments

“Hunt” grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest with Raincoast

Grizzly bear and cubs in British Columbia, Canada

What is it like to go on a “grizzly hunt” in the Great Bear Rainforest aboard Raincoast’s 70-foot research vessel the Achiever? This year, why not join us and find out.

Having now acquired three commercial hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest that cover 30,000 km2, we need to conduct annual “hunts” within these areas. But the only trophies you’ll return with are fantastic memories and photos. We shoot only with cameras.

Your days will be spent hunting for grizzly bears in coastal estuaries and rainforest […]