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 […]

“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 […]

Great Bear Rainforest Outer Islands Kayak Expedition

Great Bear Rainforest Outer Islands Expedition by Spirit of the West Kayaking, British Coplumbia, Canada

Enter the wild. Explore the unspoiled Central Coast of British Columbia.

The world-renowned Great Bear Rainforest, on the central coast of BC, is home to the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. This area is ripe for adventure: remote, wild, and exemplifying BC’s incredible coastal wilderness.

A kayaking adventure with Spirit of the West Adventures is the perfect way to explore this untouched region. You’ll find dramatic scenery, protected inlets and fjords juxtaposed with the […]

Orca Dreams: Canada’s luxury whale watching base camp in British Columbia

Killer Whales: Orca Dreams offers kayaking, whale watching and luxury camping on Compton Island, Blackney Pass, British Columbia

Orca Dreams is Canada’s first whale watching luxury base camp. The camp is located on a remote island off the north inner coast of Vancouver Island, a place famous for its large concentrations of killer whales (Orcas) as well as the summer feeding grounds of humpback whales.

Camp Kitchen: Orca Dreams offers kayaking, whale watching and luxury camping on Compton Island, Blackney Pass, British Columbia[…]

Grizzly Hunter departs BC with Rich Array of Trophies

Grizzly Hunter departs BC with Rich Array of Trophies, British Columbia, Canada. Spirit Bear Fishing. Photo Rebecca Boyd

I had a license to kill a grizzly bear, but the intention to save one.

I flew from my home in Chicago to sail for 11 days along coastal British Columbia on a fall grizzly “hunt” with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit working to protect grizzlies and their habitat.

On my trip, I shot bears only with my camera.

“We maintained our zero percent success rate,” said Brian Falconer, Raincoast’s Guide Outfitter […]

Spring in the Great Bear Rainforest

Grizzly Bear mother and cubs, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Cnada.

The Raincoast bear research crew gets ready for another field season.

Spring is a special time for the research crews at Raincoast. Across the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest, bears are emerging from dens, returning to familiar landscapes with eyes squinting against the bright light of a new season. Soon, Raincoasters too will return to these landscapes, many with eyes squinting after a winter in labs and staring at computer screens. In the meantime, we’re quickly finishing analyses, prepping field […]

Two New BC Adventure Trips for 2015!

Sea Kayaks at Spirit of the West Adventures, British Columbia

Spirit of the West Adventures is excited to announce two new adventure trips for 2015!

No experience is required for Spirit of the West Kayaking tours! These adventures are for everyone. Trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. The majority of people who join the tours are first time kayakers, and Spirit of the West Adventures take care to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that they ask is that you welcome adventure with an […]