Our first hint of the temperate rainforest greeted us this morning with scattered rain, mist, and mountains, providing the perfect backdrop for our hikes ashore. We also launched our fleet of kayaks into the serene and quiet waters of Lowe Inlet. The theme this morning was all about reflections. The low tide and calm winds allowed for beautiful, reflective scenes, whether we were hiking or kayaking. The water was glass-like and provided the most tranquil scene that was only disturbed by the movement of a paddle stroke. On shore, guests had the chance to casually walk throughout the intertidal zone, where each step they took had the sponginess of the rockweed, the crunch of barnacles, and the chatter of ravens to keep them company. Guests could also do a bit more exploring on one of the two bushwhack hikes, and they had the chance to meander along the shore as well as into the forest for a completely different adventure. Berries, fungi, and even carnivorous plants awaited those who ventured deep into the thickets of trees. After our morning explorations at Lowe Inlet, the ship weighed anchor and headed back out into the Glenville Channel and towards Prince Royal Island in search of wildlife.
National Geographic Venture
On this, the final day of our expedition, we awoke to the sound of rain in Lowe Inlet Marine Provincial Park. After several days of attempting to make our way to Lowe, only to get thwarted by whales, killer whales, bears, and other wildlife, we finally arrived today. The rainforest greeted us with the full rain shower service we have come to love and expect, and we greeted the rainforest first thing in the morning with the option to either hike or cruise through this lovely place. Intrepid hikers made their way from the inside of the back bay of Lowe through the home of the Great Bear and into the muskeg typical of this landscape, which used to be covered in glaciers. Those of us who explored by water were treated to a close-up view of Vierney Falls. We also explored the back bay where salmon swam, herons hunted, eagles perched above us, and kingfishers dipped about. Early on, our Zodiacs spotted yet another black bear, who greeted us before wandering back into its forested home. This trip has been so full of bears that we are struggling to keep count. After our cruises, we loaded back onto the vessel and turned due north to our final destination of Prince Rupert, our first stop where we began so many days ago. Our journey here was unexpected in every way. It was so full of life and memories that we will carry with us as long as we tell the story of where, how, and who. Where these animals live, how they need this forest to survive, who the people that live here are, and how they continue to fight for this land after calling it their home for thousands of years.