May 17, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird
We spent our first evening anchored overnight in a calm, steep-walled inlet before setting sail at dawn. We headed north along Fraser Reach and Grenville Channel, the latter of which was named by Captain George Vancouver during the Vancouver Expedition (1791-1795).
This particular portion of the Inside Passage runs alongside islands that are home to the rare Kermode bear, or spirit bear, a rare subspecies of the American black bear with white or cream coats. Unfortunately our vigilant wildlife watching didn’t yield any bear sightings but we did see plenty of seabirds, stunning scenery, and sunshine.
Kayaking and tours aboard expedition landing crafts filled our afternoon. We even spotted a young black bear wandering the high tide line, which was a real highlight of the day. Then this evening we crossed Hecate Strait to Haida Gwaii.
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