I was lucky enough to get to be aboard the very luxurious vessel The Inside Passage on Prince Rupert's Adventure Tours Whale and Bear tour this past Monday, June 27th, 2011. And by lucky, I mean it by every definition of the word.
There could not have been a more perfect day to be out on this amazing boat. It was clear blue skies and calm water all the way out to the beautiful Khutzeymateen passage where the expert crew of the Inside Passage begin their eagle eye spotting of the bears from the boat deck. It only took a few loops of the passage before one of the crew spotted a gorgeous mother Grizzly bear and 2 cubs on the shore. We were able to approach the shore without startling the bears and get within a mere stone's throw of the beautiful creatures. The mother ate her grass while the 2 cubs frolicked and played on the water's edge creating one of the coolest scenes I'd ever seen.
After observing the bears for a good length of time, we pulled away from the shore just as the bears retreated into the woods. On the way back through Paradise Passage and into the Port of Prince Rupert, the crew fed the eagles and we were instantly surrounded by a flock of about 10-12 eagles, all diving the water around us.
It's actually kind of funny. The pamphlets and brochures might say that its a whale and bear trip but as we entered the Khutzeymateen, it honestly didn't even matter if we had seen a bear or a whale. The trip is more than worth your time and money for the scenery alone.