I’m back to posting pics from my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest off the coast of Northern British Columbia. This was my favourite morning of the trip (and actually the last morning of the trip as we were heading back to Hartley Bay to catch the seaplane back to Prince Rupert and then on to Vancouver the next day). It was a spectacularly beautiful morning on the water and the view gave me goosebumps. It was like being in another world. I’ll post more pics from that morning, but this is definitely one of my favourites.
Today is Saskatchewan Day (which means it’s a long weekend here) so I thought I’d share a few pictures I’ve taken in the last few weeks, including some of my favourite places in Saskatchewan.
Prior to the trip, I imagined spending evenings on the deck of the boat watching the setting sun with my camera by my side and a book in my hands. Since the Great Bear Rainforest is fairly far north and the trip was the week before the summer solstice, it didn’t get dark until about 11pm. Some of our days started fairly early, and sleeping on the boat was one of my many favourite parts of the trip, so I didn’t take a lot of pictures in the evening. You can see, though, that every evening’s sky was different, but the water was always so calm.
I’m on vacation as of Friday, and going on my annual camping trip with my parents so I likely won’t post anything for the next week or so (unless I get a good picture with my iPhone that I want to share!)
I love bears! This trip came to be when I googled “bear watching” back in November and looking to do something memorable to celebrate the “big 4-0” this year. This trip was so much more than just bear watching, but to be able to watch bears munching on grass while being perfectly aware of seven people watching them from a zodiac was definitely one of the highlights.
To give you some perspective, this is how far this male grizzly was from us…
The inlet where we saw this bear (actually we saw three bears in this inlet) is protected from hunting, which is likely why the bears seemed comfortable with us being so close as they may have not had bad experiences with humans. Trish and Eric, our guides, are fairly frequent visitors to the inlet, and have such a deep respect and admiration for these animals, so the way we approached them in the zodiac was always very slowly, quietly (we were strongly encouraged not to talk if we were in an area where we might see a bear) and on the bears’ terms. The bears certainly knew we were there, but there was never a hint of aggression towards us being there.
To give you a little more perspective of what the inlet looks like and where we were when we saw this bear (and a female grizzly close by the following day), here we are floating back down the river. I love bears, but the scenery was pretty awesome, too.
There are many waterfalls in the Great Bear Rainforest, but this is the one we got closest to. In fact, most of us stuck our hands out to the feel the rushing water. We spent quite a lot of time here taking pictures of the waterfall and the meadow of wildflowers, but we all either sat on the rocks or stood and stared up at it for awhile, too. The thought that I was struck with was that I was in a part of the world that few people have ever seen. This was the inlet where we had to time our entry with the right tide, so most charter boats don’t even try to enter. We were rewarded with some very spectacular scenery.
One of my favourite parts of the trip through the Great Bear Rainforest was walking in meadows of wildflowers (although sometimes the ground was very uneven and full of holes and I fell once – I’m kind of klutzy – and we were in an inlet that you could only get in and out of with the right tide so if I had injured myself I may have been medically evacuated by helicopter! But I got up very quickly and just pretended like it never happened!).
Anyway….the wildflowers were beautiful. I’d never seen Shooting Star flowers before this trip.