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Xwemahlkwu Grizzly Bear Kayak Tour, BC Bear Observation, Quadra Island Kayak Touring, First Nations BC, British Columbia Native Heritage Tours, Quadra Island Accommodation Hotels, West Canada Nature and Outdoor Tours, Guided Wildlife and Bear Viewing, Bear Photogrpahy
7 Days Grizzly Bear Viewing by Kayak
WLV#09 Xwemahlkwu Grizzly Bear Observation / Quadra Island
Overview: Grizzly Bear watching and sea kayaking in British Columbia: A Kayak tour to the Xwemalhkwu First Nation’s grizzly bear sanctuary in Bute Inlet. Join one of our rare and exciting Grizzly bear kayak tours to the ancient Papknach village site in the traditional territory of the Xwemalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation . Each autumn grizzly bears congregate in this British Columbia river estuary to feed on spawning salmon; the Xwemahlkwu have shared home with the bears for millennia. This is this an amazing Grizzly bear watching and sea kayaking in British Columbia adventure, an unforgettable wildlife tour in Canada: an opportunity to view grizzly bears in their natural setting and to meet indigenous native people working to maintain culture and identity while making a place in the modern world. We admire the challenging and exciting vision being pursued by this coastal First Nation!


Day 01
Our kayak tours begin at Quadra Island (near Campbell River on Vancouver Island, British Columbia) with kayaking practice, trip preparations, safety protocols and first night at our comfortable wilderness lodge. Day 02 – 06 Beginning our sea kayaking journey, we'll paddle through the Quadra Island outer Archipelago towards the dramatic skyline of Bute Inlet, magnificent Coast Mountain watershed of British Columbia’s highest mountains. After 3 days kayaking in the fjord, paddling and camping in the wild, we'll arrive at the PapKnach River camp where we will be the guests of the Xwemalhkwu people. We'll have comfortable but simple bunkhouse accommodation and opportunities to watch grizzly bears from platform-blinds. If conditions permit, we’ll paddle into the estuary and watch the bears from our kayaks. While at the First Nation’s camp, we will join the Xwemalhkwu for meals, visit the Xwemalhkwu salmon hatchery, and learn about First Nation history and culture. Second morning we will depart PapKnach by kayak and begin the homeward journey. We will meet our boat in the inlet and return to our lodge on Quadra Island for our final evening together... another scrumptious dinner, more tall tales, and one last sleep in the backcountry. Day 07 Check out of the lodge and take the ferry back to Vancouver Island.

Experience: For energetic and fit people with a good sense of adventure! Kayaking: 4 to 6 hours of kayaking per day in single and double kayaks. Average distance: 9-18 km (6-12 mi) per day. Sea conditions: mostly calm but Fjord may become locally windy creating. 3-1 m (1-3 ft) manageable waves. Fjord is glacial-fed and water is very cold. Beaches: low sloping sandy gravel and medium boulders or rocks, slippery when wet. Weather conditions: usually sunny, sometimes hot. Extended periods of rain  possible but unlikely. Average temperatures: 8-25 C (40-75 F).
Rates per Person in CAD$
Dates Rate per Person
August & September
On Request $1495.00
Services Included
• First & Final Night on Quadra Island Hotel Accommodation
• 2 Nights Kayak Camping
• 2 Nights Xwemahlku First Nations PakNach Camp River Camp
• Maximum 10 Clients + 2 Guides
• All Meals
• GST Tax
• PST Tax