After spending the night anchored in Lowe Inlet, we awoke to almost clear skies and beautiful low clouds hanging over the surrounding mountains. It was wonderful to start our day with perfect weather, a morning of kayaking, and exploratory walks in this lush rainforest! During lunch, the kayaks and Zodiacs were raised back onboard, and National Geographic Venture started cruising toward Princess Royal Island to look for wildlife and spectacular scenery. After one black bear sighting and multiple humpback whale encounters along the way, we were cruising along the shore of Princess Royal Island and looking intensely for more wildlife. We encountered numerous beautiful and dramatic waterfalls. The weather was spectacular, and the staff and guests spent the entire day outside, basking in the sun and scenery!
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.