Take part in an exhilarating adventure as you ride a jet boat and hike through an old-growth forest, culminating with a feast of wild salmon cooked over an open fire.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you'll start off with a 1-hour scenic drive through the rugged Coast Mountains into the valley of the mighty Skeena River. Arriving at a riverside base at the foot of a towering rock wall, you will receive an introduction and orientation before beginning your exploration of the surrounding countryside and nearby waterways.
The jet boat portion of your tour begins on the Exchamsiks River, a tributary of the Skeena. As you zip along the wild river, you will incredible scenery that includes waterfalls cascading from the shoreline cliffs and perhaps glacial ice bobbing along the surface on its way to the sea. Still, in all the excitement, don't forget to look ashore for moose, bears and mountain goats, which constantly wander through the scenic valley.
The land portion of your tour has you following a local forester and naturalist through an old-growth rainforest known for its 600-year-old cedar and Sitka spruces. It's a truly humbling experience to walk among these giant trees in the serenity of the virgin forest.
Included in your excursion is a delicious feast served at the riverside camp. The main entrée is wild sockeye salmon barbecued over an open fire by a First Nations cook. It couldn't be fresher or more delicious, as are the accompanying side dishes and desserts.
After spending just over 2-hours exploring this incredible area and enjoying a tasty meal, you will re-join your coach and make the return trip to the pier in Prince Rupert where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over natural pathways. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. Participants should be in good physical condition and able to enter and exit the jet boat with minimal assistance as well as negotiate an aluminum bridge. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Sturdy, flat shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear are suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. Life jackets are provided for the jet boat. Participants will be split into groups upon arrival at the riverside base with the different activities taking place simultaneously and then reversing the order.