Location: Hartley Bay, B.C.
Pre Requisites: Paddle experience is recommended but not required.
Cost Includes the Following
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on day 7
- All local protocol fees.
- Cabin and Longhouse accommodation.
- Inflatable Touring SUP’s and all sup equipment.
- Fishing boat assistance throughout expedition.
- Small, intimate group size of no more than six paddlers
- $100 donation to the Standup4Greatbear Society.
Price Does Not Include the Following
- Transportation to Hartley Bay
- Personal belongings and equipment (see equipment & packing list)
- Accommodation in Prince Rupert prior to morning departure and on the final evening of our trip.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Any extra expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of chartered or scheduled aircraft.
A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid 60 days prior to trip departure. Full payments can be made via email transfer to email@example.com.
Q:How long are the paddling days?
A: Most days are between 2-4 hours of paddling. The focus of the trip is not on big mileage and big distances but experiencing the Great Bear Rainforest at a relaxed and enjoyable pace. We have to remain flexible as we may spend more time hiking up salmon rivers on a particular day or watching Humpback Whales from our boards.
Q: What type of experience and fitness is required?
A: Guests will need to have some standup paddleboard experience in order to enjoy the week of paddling and to allow the group to travel at practical pace. We recommend having a really good lesson to start with in order to develop an efficient forward stroke and then spending weekly time standup paddleboarding in your local area. Ask us about a proper paddling program for multi day expeditions.
Q: What are the ocean conditions like?
A: Most of the areas we paddle in are quite protected and beautiful. We try to avoid windy and wavy conditions and having boat support allows our group the flexibility to avoid poor paddling conditions and to carry all of our gear. The ocean though is dynamic and our group has to be prepared for wind, waves and current.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: On this trip we have the incredibly unique opportunity to stay on the land. Our first two nights are in a traditional longhouse in Raven Territory. The remote location of this longhouse is at the back of an inlet that cuts deep into Princess Royal Island. See the photos tab for a picture. Our next four evenings will be at a Gitga’at Watchman cabin which has two separate rooms and a loft that can accommodate our group comfortably. It also has a wood burning fireplace to keep you warm and dry.
A Transformative Paddle Journey in Gitga’at Territory.
The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the most incredible natural ecosystems remaining in the world and is a sought after destination for those who want to experience intact temperate rainforest, unique wildlife and the powerful culture of the Coastal First Nations. This paddle experience with Norm is a journey of discovery, reflection, and enlightenment as you travel through this transformative landscape.
Our fall trip coincides with the return of wild, pacific salmon to the rivers of Princess Royal Island. These salmon supercharge the coastal river systems and sets the stage for one of the most miraculous species migrations in the world. The annual salmon run in the Great Bear Rainforest provides a critical food source that attracts bears, wolves, eagles and most species found in the Great Bear. Our paddleboards transport you alongside these wild salmon, with Humpback whales which have returned to the area in huge numbers, past Stellar Sea Lion haul outs and under the watchful eye’s of Bald Eagles, Coastal Wolves and the Great Bears.
Our trip begins in the Gitga’at community of Hartley Bay and our seven day journey travels through Gitga’at Territory, one of the richest coastal environments along the west coast of North America. Norm works alongside of the community and with Gitga’at guide Marven Robinson to provide you with an opportunity to learn about the culture and wildlife within the territory. Marven will then lead us on a day of exploration in search of the Spirit Bear.
Great Bear Rainforest guide Norm Hann, has been connecting people to this area since 2000 and has been adopted into the Raven Clan by Eva Hill. This honor allows guests an intimate and rare connection to people and the land. Norm has been a passionate defender for the conservation, protection and education of the Great Bear Rainforest through his Standup4Greatbear Society, Stand Film Expedition and Take a Stand for Conservation programs.
Our trip is an exploration, not only of the area but of your own connection and place within this wild ecosystem. A moving experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
This itinerary may be altered due to factors such as weather, tides, and group interest, with guides working within the parameters of safety, time, and area highlights. This standup paddleboard (SUP) trip will be boat assisted providing gear shuttle and safety support.
** You and your group must arrive in Prince Rupert prior to Day 1 of the trip. You will overnight in Prince Rupert and then get on the Tsimshian Storm ferry for 8:30am in the morning. Be there for 7:45am as there are no reservations. The ferry departs from the Metlatkatla Dock located directly below The Crest hotel. The Captain’s name is Dean Robinson. Please bring $120 cash cdn for your ferry ride to and from Hartley Bay. $60/each way.
- 8:30am Ferry departure for Hartley Bay, arrival at 12:00pm
- Depart for our first paddling destination after lunch.
- Overnight in Gitga’at Longhouse
- Full Day Inlet/River Paddle Exploration
- Inlet paddle to Gitga’at Longhouse
- Overnight at Gitga’at Longhouse
- Morning paddle with salmon stream exploration
- Boat shuttle to Barnard Harbour
- Set base camp up at Watchman Cabin
- Day trip to salmon stream and Gitga’at cultural site.
- Visit Whale Point and Cetacea Lab
- Barnard Harbour Tour and Creek Exploration
- Paddle to Sea Lion Rock and Gitga’at Traditional Harvesting Camp
- Boat shuttle to Harltey Bay
- Cultural Village Tour
- Ferry departure for Prince Rupert
- Overnight in Prince Rupert
Provided By Norm Hann Expeditions
- Inflatable standup paddleboard
- 60-80 L dry bag
- 20 L dry bag
Participant to Bring
- High rubber boots
- Booties or sandals(for paddling)
- camp shoes
- 2 pair of socks
- 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
- 2 synthetic t shirts
- 1 fleece top or fleece jacket
- down/synthetic jacket
- Waterproof/goretex jacket for paddling
1 heavy polyurethane rain jacket for boat travel and camp
- 2 pair long underwear
- long hiking pants
- waterproof/goretex rain pants
- shorts/boardshorts/bathing suit
Head and Hands
- 1 sun hat or ball cap
- paddling gloves (if your hands are sensitive to cold)
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad
- small pillow
- ear plugs
- water bottle
- personal toiletries
- personal medication
- small towel
- insect repellant
- sunglasses/prescription eyewear
- notebook/journal/reading material
- camera, batteries
- headlamp with extra batteries
- individual nutritional requirements
** You and your group must arrive in Prince Rupert prior to Day 1 of the trip. You will overnight in Prince Rupert and then get on the Tsimshian Storm ferry for 8:30am in the morning. Be there for 7:45am as there are no reservations. The ferry departs from the Metlatkatla Dock located directly below the crest hotel. The Captain’s name is Dean Robinson. Please bring $110 canadian cash for your ferry ride to and from Hartley Bay. $55/each way.
Getting to Prince Rupert
You must arrive in Prince Rupert the day before the ferry departure for Hartley Bay.
Air Canada operates two daily flights into Prince Rupert and departs from YVR Vancouver.
Hawk Air also has flights to Prince Rupert and originates from South Terminal.
Accommodations in Prince Rupert
Norm Hann Expeditions reserves rooms for guests at the Inn On the Harbour. These are nice, clean, comfortable rooms with a continental breakfast included. Rooms rates are around $120 for double occupancy.
Other places to stay include: