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Journey to the Khutzeymateen Valley

Welcome to the Khutzeymateen experience, a journey that merges adventure, learning, and breathtaking encounters with the majestic grizzly bear. Located in the heart of British Columbia, Khutzeymateen, also known as the "Valley of the Grizzly," is Canada's first and largest grizzly bear sanctuary.

This experience is more than just a workshop. It's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness, marvel at the grandeur of nature, and witness firsthand the beauty and power of the grizzly bear in its natural habitat. Guided by experts, you'll learn about the fascinating ecosystems that sustain these magnificent creatures and the conservation efforts that keep them safe.

While this journey offers ample opportunities for photography, capturing images is not a requirement. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an aspiring conservationist, an experienced photographer, or simply someone in search of a unique adventure, the Khutzeymateen experience is designed to cater to all. This trip offers a chance to deepen your understanding and appreciation of one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles. So, let's venture together into the heart of the Valley of the Grizzly and embrace the thrill of the wild.


Day 1

We begin in the coastal community of Prince Rupert, where you will either embark on a water taxi or an early morning float plane flight that will take us to the Afterglow I. The rest of the day will be dedicated to pursuing bear-viewing opportunities.

Days 2-4

These days will be flexible to allow us to maximize each day's bear and wildlife viewing opportunities. The daily tide schedule will largely dictate our itinerary. Expect to see a variety of animals, including black and grizzly bears, seals, river otters, coastal wolves, geese, ducks, and eagles. Each evening, we will return to the boat to enjoy dinner and reflect on the day's events.

Day 5

After breakfast, the float plane will arrive for your return trip to Prince Rupert.

Your Journey At A Glance

About The Khutzeymateen
Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

Nestled 40 kilometers northeast of Prince Rupert on the British Columbia coast, the Khutzeymateen Valley is a sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of the grizzly bear. Spanning 39,000 hectares, it's an untouched wilderness teeming with a variety of wildlife. An estimated population of 40 - 60 grizzlies thrive here, supported by the valley's rich ecosystem of spawning salmon and mammoth Sitka spruce trees.


The area also serves as a habitat for wolves, migrating geese, ducks, harbor seals, beavers, otters, as well as orca and humpback whales. The watershed itself supports over 100 species of birds including owls, grouse, shore birds, hummingbirds, swifts, woodpeckers, and kingfishers. Uninhabited by humans and devoid of roads or campsites, the valley maintains its pristine condition, making it an ideal home for its wild residents and a perfect venue for wildlife photography.


OceanLight Adventures Expert Team

Meet Jenn and Chris, the dynamic duo at the core of OceanLight Adventures. Jenn, the company owner, has served in many roles since 1991, including first mate, cook, and guide, ensuring each journey is comfortable and memorable. Off duty, she enjoys kayaking and cycling on deck, while also managing company operations year-round.

Chris, with over 30 years in the charter industry, is a certified master bear guide and marine mammal expert. His meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of BC's diverse wildlife make him an invaluable asset to the team. Recently, Chris led the impressive refit of their newest vessel, the Afterglow I.

While Jenn and Chris are the heart of OceanLight Adventures, they are backed by a team of experienced guides who may lead your trip. Regardless, you're guaranteed an expertly guided, unforgettable journey through the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Chris & Jenn

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What's Included

Price Inclusions

  • The services of a fully qualified skipper/bear guide and a cook/crew aboard Afterglow 

  • Return air charter by float plane or water taxi (depends on which departure from Prince Rupert to the Afterglow in Khutzeymateen

  • All meals as listed on the itinerary provided

  • $200 Park Fee

  • $25 Bear Sustainability Fee for research and conservation

  • $25 Bear Viewing License fee

Price Exclusions

  • Gratuities for crew

  • Transportation between your home and Prince Rupert, BC

  • Personal belongings and equipment as per “Clothing & Equipment List”

  • Any meals and accommodation in Prince Rupert prior to Day 1

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Any extra personal expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of chartered or scheduled aircraft

Join The KHUTZ Adventure Waitlist

Ensure your chance to experience an unforgettable journey by signing up for the waitlist today.

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