Dates: September 5-9, 9-13, 2019

Price: $3650 + gst per person based on 2 minimum

What’s Included

  • 4 nights B & B Accommodations in Hartley Bay
  • Traditional Gitga’at Meals
  • 1 Day of bear viewing with Gitga’at Spirit Bear Guide Marven Robinson.
  • 20′ Bridgeview Center Console Aluminum Fishing Boat with all safety gear.
  • Use of standup paddleboards and saltwater fishing equipment.
  • All local protocol fees.

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation between your home and Hartley Bay return.
  • Gratuities
  • Personal belongings and equipment.
  • 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.

Deposit and Cancellation

For each trip A $500 deposit will be 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.

Cancellation: Prior to 60 days- Deposit less $200, 59-30 days- 50% of trip cost, Less than 30 days- No refund


Preferred payments are through email transfer to or by cheque to Norm Hann Expeditions. Payments can be made via credit card but a 3% service charge will be added to the invoice.

A Wildlife Experience in Gitga’at Territory.

Join Norm on a wilderness and adventure tour of the Great Bear Rainforest. Our trip is based in the Gitga’at Community of Hartley Bay and our days will be spent exploring the wonders and magic of Gitga’at Territory. Our 20′ fishing boat gives you the opportunity to explore the ocean and to spend time with Humpback and Fin Whales. One of the trip highlights will be a day spent with Spirit Bear Guide Marven Robinson. Norm has been fortunate to work with Marven for close to twenty years and a day in the rivers with a Spirit Bear sighting is a lifetime experience.

An ideal trip for couples or families of four who enjoy small group sizes and a customized Great Bear experience where you can also enjoy activities such as standup paddleboarding, saltwater fishing, hiking, and cultural tours if you wish. September is an incredible month on the north coast as hundreds of thousands of wild Pacific Salmon return to the rivers of the Great Bear attracting bears, coastal wolves, eagles and many other species that depend on this salmon run for their survival.

Our trip is an intimate cultural experience as we will be staying with a local Gitga’at family who will be sharing their traditional foods, local knowledge and their deep and ancient connection with the land.  The Gitga’at people of Hartley Bay are known coast wide for their hospitality and Norm is privileged to connect you to this wonderful community.

If your a photographer, wilderness and wildlife lover or someone who wants to connect to and experience one of the greatest ecosystems in the world with your own private guide then join us for our Great Bear WILD adventure.

** You and your group must arrive in Prince Rupert prior to Day 1 of the trip.

Ferry Departure

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 canadian cash for your ferry ride to and from Hartley Bay. $60/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.

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:

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

Great Bear WILD Packing List


  • Rubber boots
  • Light hikers (for the village/dry conditions)
  • Booties or water shoes if your interested in standup paddleboarding
  • 2 Wool/Synthetic socks

Upper Body

  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • 2 Short sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Fleece/down/synthetic jacket or mid layer
  • Waterproof Jacket ( heavier rain jacket preferable for bear viewing and on the boat)
  • Comfortable clothes for Hartley Bay

Lower Body

  • 1 pair waterproof pant
  • 1 long underwear
  • 1 long hiking pant or soft shell pant
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • Comfortable clothes for Hartley Bay

Head and Hands

  • 1 toque/beanie
  • Sun hat/ball cap
  • Light gloves for the boat/bear viewing or if your hands get cold easy.

Additional Gear

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera and batteries
  • Personal toiletries/medication/contacts/perscription glasses

* Contact us about any questions you may have about the gear list. 604-848-8792