Boat Tours

© Grant Callegari/Hakai Institute

A small-boat cruise provides another dramatic perspective for anyone seeking an amazing rainforest visitor experience. These tours – often onboard sailing or restored heritage vessels –  draw rave reviews from visitors and travel media alike.

A typical week-long voyage might include touring a First Nations village or cultural site, soaking in a natural hot spring on a remote shoreline, cruising mist-shrouded inlets where towering granite cliffs soar from the water’s edge, and visiting pristine river estuaries to view grizzly bears in their natural environment. The exploratory nature of these cruises, and the small number of passengers (10 or fewer per trip), creates a more intimate adventure with minimal ecological impact.

Several companies specialize in small-boat rainforest cruises and guided sailboat excursions. Trips typically occur between May and October.


These coastal waterways are a kayaker’s paradise. The maze of winding channels, sprawling archipelagos, and the abundance of marine life provide visitors with gentle, yet up-close interaction with water, land, and nature.

Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago are some of the best places in the world to view orcas in their natural environment. Kayaking around Klemtu, Bella Bella, and Shearwater – located in the central and northern coastal areas of the Great Bear Rainforest – promise dramatic natural experiences but can be logistically challenging for those unfamiliar with these waters. Guided tours are recommended.

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