Our second to last day aboard National Geographic Venture was spent exploring a new area where no Lindblad staff or guest has gone before. After cruising through Douglas Strait to look for wildlife, we anchored at Foch-Gilttoyees. Foch-Gilttoyees is the ancestral land of the Git Ga’at, who are still stewards of the land and surrounding water today.
National Geographic Venture
Prince Rupert is a township in northern British Columbia with a modern history that only dates back to around 1906. At that time, Charles Hays found Kaien Island to be the perfect place to settle a town for the terminus to the Grand Trunk Railway. Our day was filled with many different experiences for all the guests. The Butze Rapids Trail is found on the outskirts of Prince Rupert. We took an upbeat walk through not only old growth forest but also a bit of a muskeg environment. About a quarter of the way through the loop trail, the lookout point provided spectacular views of Fern Passage. This narrow body of water surrounds Kaien Island, and it ebbs and flows with the changing tides, occasionally causing intense rapids. Another group of guests opted for a guided tour of the North Pacific Cannery, last known to operate in the late 1970s. Established in 1889, the cannery processed and packaged salmon for almost 90 years. Guests were eager for the chance to explore and photograph such an important National Historic Site. Those of us who chose to forego the guided option experienced the town of Prince Rupert by way of our own paths. Some guests chose to walk to the Rushbrook Trail, while others were educated when they visited the Museum of Northern B.C. No matter what activity we ended up doing, the day provided impeccable weather and scenery for the first full day of this intrepid voyage.