7-Day Prince Rupert to Kitimat Eco Tour | King Salmon Chesapeake Charters
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PRINCE RUPERT TO KITIMAT
WILDLIFE ADVENTURE CRUISE
(7 Days / 7 Nights)

This tour is Canada like you have never experienced! Aboard the comfort, warmth and safety of our 50 foot yacht, RUSALKA, you will take a journey thru some of Mother Nature’s most glorious work… magnificent scenery filled with rugged mountain fjords, lush rainforest, spectacular glaciers, glistening snow-capped mountains, deep valleys and steep canyon walls where awesome cascading waterfalls, fresh water lakes and winding rivers will feast your senses. You will be mesmerized by the abundance of captivating wildlife along the way on this fabulous excursion into God’s wonderland.

Our adventure takes us south from the port of Prince Rupert past the new container port, the grain terminal and the coal terminal, where goods are shipped to world markets. About 20 miles south we come to the place where the mighty Skeena River pours into the Pacific Ocean ……Smith and Kennedy Islands. The Skeena, along with the Nass River, are where thousands of soon-to-spawn salmon begin their arduous journey back up the rivers and creeks where they were born. Tides permitting, we normally stop and fish awhile for salmon or halibut.Next we glide by Humpback Bay, home to one of the many operating fish canneries that abound the B.C. coast, giving us an idea of the bustling economy this northern fishery is today. By afternoon we anchor in picturesque Hunts Inlet, where we enjoy a short nature walk of interesting floral fauna along its charming waterfront that is dappled with the picturesque cottages of the local fishermen. Later in the afternoon, our journey continues past the largest place where the Skeena empties millions of gallons of fresh water into the ocean turning the blue water to a beautiful emerald green.

Our next stop for the night is Bakers Inlet, with its narrow entrance, which is the perfect little hideaway for us to anchor for the night. Here we drop traps for our seafood feast of shrimp and crabs. The Inlet is great for kayaking, which is easy to master, and is the perfect way to explore this peaceful wilderness lagoon, allowing you to quietly study the wild coastline. These areas by the Skeena River tributaries are some of the most stunning wilderness beauty in all of Canada.

GREENVILLE CHANNEL and KLEWNUGGIT INLET MARINE PARK

Next our journey takes us to Greenville Channel, a gorgeous passage about 150 km. with steep snow-capped mountains stretching to the ocean on either side. Midway between the beginning and the end of the channel the tides meet in a spectacular way in which the water takes on an appearance of having come to a boil, offering quite a dramatic sight. Here Klewnuggit Inlet Marine Park becomes the perfect place to enjoy the afternoon with its dramatic waterfall and Freda and Brody Lake above. We spend a few hours here fishing, swimming, hiking or just enjoying the breath taking scenery.

The inside Passage is a international scenic corridor and is used extensively by Yachts and cruise ships. Greenville channel is reputed to be the most scenic part of the inside passage. Discover the rich biodiversity of this temperate rainforest and the large animals that make it their home. These include the grizzly bear, black and brown bear and the white Kermodie spirit bear. BC’s coastal rainforest holds some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, these can reach 300 feet and live to be 800 years old. Giant snow covered mountains meld into the fjords, all likely areas to view orcas or humpback whales breaching and feeding.                              

LOWE INLET and THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST

Lowe Inlet is about 100 km. south of Prince Rupert, and is one of the most captivating stops on the Inside Passage. This is due to the wondrous sight of the migrating salmon trying to leap upriver over the waterfalls. Here we watch salmon of all shapes and sizes in their efforts to navigate Verney Falls, and observe hungry black and brown bears catching salmon. This is also the sight of an old cannery, now only a hint of its former glory days. Lowe Inlet, also an old traditional fishing spot for natives of the Kitkatla First Nation, boasts centuries old stone fish traps once used by the Indians. Wonderful hiking trails and fresh water lakes also abound here to explore. Kayaking here is superb as you glide around the bay and quietly observe the bears feeding in front of Verney Falls along with occasional wolverines and families of otters. It is a grand end to a perfect day in British Columbia’s wilderness, as you rejoin the rest of the group and watch the spectacular Canadian sunset from the warmth of RUSALKA’s sunroom, all while sipping a glass of wine with a dinner of fresh caught crabs or shrimp. Before you know it the sun has set on another great day in Paradise.

REMOTE HOT SPRINGS

Today we are cruising the magnificent coast of the Great Bear Rainforest with a stop over at the native village of Hartley Bay. Guided nature and wildlife tours can be arranged in advance. The possibilities of seeing the legendary white spirit Kermode bear are very real in this area. As we leave the village we are surrounded by snowcapped mountain ranges, pristine coastal shores, old growth rainforests, waterfalls, tidal estuaries, even receding glaciers. Our next stop is the famous Bishop Bay Hot Springs. There we have the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the natural, sulfur-free, hot healing waters of these famed springs. The springs offer a rare opportunity to warm body and spirit, as well as to feel close to God and nature.

LAGOONS, TIDAL ESTUARIES and FRESH WATER LAKES

With five adjacent waterways, there is much to see, traveling up Douglas Channel towards Foch-Gilttoyees Provincial Park and Protected Area. We are surrounded by spectacular , glistening snow-capped mountains traveling along a mystical fjord until we final arrive at Gilttoyees Inlet and Foch Lagoon, where Princess Royal Island behind us holds the largest concentration of the much sought after white Kermode spirit bears in the region. These bears are not found anywhere else in the entire world. We are now 20 miles west of Kitimat in one of the most remote and largest lagoons on the B.C. coast with its unique narrows at its entrance.

Entering Foch Lagoon involves passing thru exhilarating tidal rapids. Once inside, the lake offers a serene and spectacular sight, surrounded by high mountains that leaves one with the feeling that time has stood still. The tranquility and peace are a balm for the weary soul. Kelp beds on either side of the entrance support a wide variety of fish and wildlife. Both lake and lagoon offer excellent fishing, diving and swimming opportunities. This pristine body of water is also kayaker’s dream.

KITIMAT

Kitimat, drawing its name from the nearby Haisla community of Kitamaat, and meaning people of the snow, is both an inland and a coastal settlement. The Haisla and Henaaksaila, closely related but distinct First Nations peoples, have inhabited this area of the coast for as long as 8,000 to 12,000 years. Ancient and recent events of their history are recorded on totem poles seen in Kitimat’s Centennial Park. You can also see native carvings and the art of canoe building at the Kitamaat Village.

The sportsman’s paradise and industry hub of Kitimat is embraced by the lush wilderness of the northwest of B.C., nestled in the majestic valley at the head of the Douglas Channel. The moderate climate and unique geography of the northwest offers a front-row seat to one of Canada’s last true wilderness frontiers. Hiking and camping is a delight here in the cool forest trails and secluded campsites. Beachcombers and picnickers savour the stunning sandy beaches, and the vistas of the rugged Coast Mountains are a photographer’s fantasy. You can see exciting exhibitions and historical displays at the Kitimat Centennial Museum, and the 500 year old Sitka spruce tree growing in Radley Park will captivate you with it size, age, and beauty. Enjoy spectacular close-up views of Moore Creek Falls and Humphrey Creek Falls.

Kitlope Heritage Conservancey is the world’s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest. This protected backcountry park protects 800 year old trees. We like July and August for visiting to do some fishing, taking a dip at Weewanie or Shearwater (Europa) Hot Springs. It is a great area for whales, seals, eagles, mountain goats and bears. There are wonderful waterfalls, tall granite cliffs, and hanging glaciers off Garner Canal. This is also mountain bikers bliss with the diverse terrain tailor-made for all leels of riders. The Onion Lakes cross-country ski trails north of Kitimat on Hwy 37 provide great biking in the sumer months with 23 km. of trails to choose from. You can canoe thru natural hot springs or kayak down the cascading waterfalls that embrace the Douglas Channel. For those of you who are into birds the Kitimat River Estuary offers more than 112 bird species, some very rare with May being the best month for viewing water fowl.

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