North Coast / Khutzeymateen Inlet

North Coast / Khutzeymateen Inlet


Khutzeymateen Inlet is one of British Columbia’s most northern glacial fjords, with characteristic steep cliffs, thick forests and rich estuary ecosystems. The Khutzeymateen Valley is Canada’s oldest grizzly bear sanctuary and home to British Columbia’s most important coastal bear population. Covering an area of 45,000 hectares, it is estimated there are about 50 grizzlies protected by the no-hunting restrictions of the sanctuary. The protected area has expanded to include the entire Inlet as the Khutzeymateen Conservancy. Only a select number of Operators are permitted to access the Sanctuary, providing a very intimate bear viewing experience. Photo Credit: Destination BC/Andrew Strain

Sample Trip Itinerary

Note: The daily plans are flexible to accommodate the surprises that you encounter each trip, the requirements of tide & weather, and the interests of the group. With so many opportunities for spectacular scenery and wildlife, it’s hard to predict what unique moment will be your favourite memory.

Day One
You will meet on the Prince Rupert dock at 11am before departing for the beauty of Chatham Sound and its collection of islands.
Days Two and Three
You will explore the islands of Chatham Sound. Porcher, Stephens and Dundas Islands are the largest in the area. You will walk remote beaches, hike up to a view point and search for sea lions, orcas and humpback whales. There are some lovely areas to explore by kayak or zodiac.
Days Four and Five
Khutzeymateen Inlet – Finishing up at Island Odyssey at a remote floating camp, and proceed by zodiac to see the famed grizzly bears of Khutzeymateen Inlet. Our trip takes you inland along the winding inlet shrouded by forests and lined with protein-rich sedge grass. Keep watch for grizzlies grazing at the water’s edge as you make your way to the expansive estuary where the grizzly sanctuary is located.
Day Six
From fiord-like Portland Canal, you now return to the outer islands and lower topography of Chatham Sound. Remote Green Island still has lightkeepers manning the lighthouse and living on the tiny island. If the weather allows, you may go ashore for a visit.
Day Seven
You return through narrow Venn Passage to Prince Rupert. Venn Passage has an incredible collection of petroglyphs – native rock carvings – including the famous ‘Man who fell from heaven’. Accompanied by a local Tsimshian Guide, the plan is to see these ancient carvings and learn of their history. You will tie up in Prince Rupert by midday.
Tour Highlights
  • Voyage along the Inlet’s winding shores
  • Grizzly Bear Conservancy
  • Marine Mammals
  • Coastal Birds
  • Petroglyphs
  • Glacial Fjords
  • Incredible sea kayaking among rock studded anchorages
Price Includes
  • All meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • All accommodation onboard the ship
  • Skipper
  • Cook
  • Naturalist
  • Full use of all onboard facilities, including kayaks
Getting to and from Prince Rupert  from Vancouver

Discover Canada Tours has the ability to book your flights and accommodation in Prince Rupert. Please let us know if you would like us to plan this part of your trip as well.

Tour Pricing Starting From

All prices are based on double occupancy. Other rooming options are available. Please talk to one of our agents if you would like to enquire about the options available.

7 Days | 6 Nights
Based on Double Occupancy
  • Taxes and booking fees excluded

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