Dates: August 31st – September 6th, 2018
Price: $3600 + gst
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
  • 1 Day of Spirit Bear viewing with Gitga’at guide Marven Robinson
  • All local protocol fees.
  • Cabin and Longhouse accommodation.
  • High Quality Inflatable Touring SUP’s, Blackfish Adjustable Paddles and Kokatat Touring PFD’s.
  • Fishing boat assistance throughout expedition.
  • Small, intimate group size of no more than six paddlers.
  • 1 large and 1 small dry bag for expedition packing.

Price Does Not Include the Following

  • Transportation to Hartley Bay
  • Gratuities
  • Personal belongings and equipment (see equipment & packing list)
  • Accommodation in Prince Rupert prior to morning departure.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Any extra expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of chartered or scheduled aircraft.

Payment

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 explore@normhann.com, by cheque to Norm Hann Expeditions or by credit card. A 3% service charge will be added to the invoice for all credit card payments.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 60 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of deposit less $200. Cancellation within 59-30 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of 50% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund for trips cancelled within 30 days of trip departure.

FAQ

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 Hann Expeditions 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 Hann Expeditions 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 his territory. Marven will then lead us on a day of exploration in search of the Spirit Bear. Our journey finishes  with a traditional breakfast with the hill family and the opportunity to express our gratitude to the place and it’s people.

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 $110 canadian cash for your ferry ride to and from Hartley Bay. $55/each way. 

Day 1

  • 8:30am Ferry departure for Hartley Bay, arrival at 12:00pm
  • Lunch
  • Depart for our first paddling destination after lunch.
  • Overnight in Gitga’at Longhouse

Day 2

  • Full Day Inlet/River Paddle Exploration
  • Inlet paddle to Gitga’at Longhouse
  • Overnight at Gitga’at Longhouse

Day 3

  • Morning paddle with salmon stream exploration
  • Boat shuttle to Barnard Harbour
  • Set base camp up at Watchman Cabin

Day 4

  • Day trip to salmon stream and Gitga’at cultural site.
  • Phosphorescence paddle

Day 5

  • Full Day Bearviewing with Marven Robinson and Gitgaat Spirit Tours

Day 6

  • Visit Cetacea Lab on Gil Island
  • Paddle to Sea Lion Rock
  • Salmon River Exploration

Day 7

  • Boat shuttle to Harltey Bay for traditional Gitga’at breakfast
  • Ferry departure for Prince Rupert
  • Evening Air Canada flights or overnight in Prince Rupert

Provided By Norm Hann Expeditions

Inflatable standup paddleboard
Paddle
PFD
Leash
1 large dry bag and 1 small dry bag for expedition packing

Participant to Bring

Footwear

hi cut rubber boots
booties or sandals(for paddling)
camp shoes
2 pair of socks

Upper Body

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

Lower Body

long underwear
long hiking pants
waterproof/goretex rain pants
underwear
shorts/boardshorts

Head and Hands

toque/beanie
1 sun hat or ball cap
paddling gloves (if your hands are sensitive to cold)

Camping Gear

sleep bag
sleeping pad
small pillow
ear plugs

Additional Gear

water bottle
thermos (for tea, coffee or hot water)
personal toiletries
personal medication
towel
sunscreen
insect repellant
binoculars
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.

By Air

Air Canada operates two daily flights into Prince Rupert and departs from YVR Vancouver.
www.aircanada.com

Hawk Air also has flights to Prince Rupert and originates from South Terminal.
www.hawkair.ca

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:

The Crest Hotel.
Eagle Bluff B and B.
Pioneer Hostel