In September we explored the vast wilderness of British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. It is a place full of natural treasures, culture that stretches back tens of thousands of years - and a lot of bears!
September 5, 2019
After an early breakfast we steamed towards Gribbell Island which is home to the highest concentration of so-called spirit bears. There are bright black bears similar to polar bears, but still not. They are not white bears with black noses that we are familiar with from Svalbard, but bright with light brown eyes and noses, a result of a recessive gene that is more common here than any other place with bears.
On Gribbell Island, one of four black bears is bright and we hoped that we would get the chance to see this incredibly rare animal. We did not get that day, but the more black bears!
At a small creek full of playing salmons, we sat all day in exactly the same place and enjoyed the surroundings. It may seem monotonous, but our patience was rewarded with regular visits by black bears who walked past us a few meters away. They ignored the colorful two-legs and their clicking cameras to focus on something much more important - fishing! Ahead of us, one of nature's best performances took place, sometimes with several actors at the same time. We had a female with three cubs who were cuter than in the Disney movies and we followed the mother's somewhat awkward attempt to fish salmon which she then eagerly shared with the cubs - right in front of us.
At the end of the day, we had full memory cards in the cameras and ran out of superlatives to describe the day with.
Adam RheborgGuide & Expedition Leader
Explore the vast wilderness of British Columbia, Canadas westernmost province – a place of natural beauty, remarkable wildlife and fascinating culture! We spend a ship-based week in the spectacular Great Bear Forest, in search of wildlife such as grizzlies, wolf and spirit bears. We then fly back south to Alert Bay, “home of the killer whale”, where we go on whale watching tours. With a small group of just 12 we are in for an exclusive and in-depth nature treat.