Alaska/British Columbia Trips 2019

These Alaska and British Columbia trips come with a warning: These trips are addictive. The proof is in the fact that well over half of the guests are either returning – some for over 40 trips – or have come because of enthusiastic recommendations from friends. We have welcomed guests from around the world, including Alaska itself.

Southeast Alaska/B.C. is best seen and visited by boat or float plane, and the smaller the boat or plane (within reason) the better the experience. Miles of tree lined deep green fiords combined with ice, dramatic basalt and granitic rock and all the animals that live here make for a tremendous sense of awe and exhilaration. Come and join us for the adventure!

Native Culture/Natural History

Ketchikan to Juneau
June 15 - June 23, 2019       Ronn Patterson

Chief Shakes Island Wrangell AlaskaThe journey from Ketchikan to Juneau is as spectacular as the scenery, inhabitants, and wildlife in SE Alaska. The approximately 150 miles (as the raven flies) of watery wilderness is punctuated by coastal strands where there might be foraging black or brown (grizzly) bears, glaciers reaching to the tops of the mountains, and all around you the temperate rainforest of the Tongass National Forest. Humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, Steller sea lions and many, many seabirds and fish species call this place home. With Ronn Patterson as captain and John Kipping as naturalist, they'll endeavor to put you in the places of maximum interest and opportunities.

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Around Admiralty Island I

Juneau (Auke Bay) to Juneau
July 18 - July 26, 2019     Betty Sederquist and Kathy Durrett

Around Admiralty Island II

Juneau to Juneau
July 29 - August 6, 2019     Ronn Patterson

AdmiraltyThis voyage of exploration around Admiralty Island (the 7th largest island in the US) provides a wonderful opportunity to visit wilderness (almost a million acres of it) and experience a lot of what Southeast Alaska has to offer. Ice, bears, whales, waterfalls are all part of the picture as are most of the other wildlife that inhabits this region. The Tlingit town of Angoon is on the agenda, and several hours can be spent looking at painted house fronts and other evidence of native art.

Pack Creek is probably the best known of the bear reserves in the area and we will be spending a day there. With the trip ending in Gustavus at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park, time with the whales that are usually near the entrance to Glacier Bay is a must do. Come with us and see what you think!

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Whales, Bears, Glaciers

Juneau to Wrangell
August 9 - August 17, 2019       Ronn Patterson

Mountain GoatsFlying in to Juneau (the Alaska state capital) gives time to explore this most northern of our state capitals (and the only one you can't drive to) so arriving one or two days early lets you visit different aspects of this former mining town.

This trip across Southeast Alaska ends in the small frontier town of Wrangell. Cruise ships don't stop here so it retains more of the flavor of small town Alaska: fishing, mining, lumbering all backed by a strong Native influence which have shaped the area. Some nice museums, native art, and "you never know what you'll find" experiences grace your visit here. Leaving time to explore the town is worth it.

As the adventure unfolds there will be terrific scenery (snowcapped mountains and ice), opportunities to venture ashore in very remote areas, kayaking, fishing, and of course, photography. Two of the best bear viewing areas in Southeast (Pack and Anan Creeks) are on the agenda and usually orcas, seabirds, bears on the shore and other surprises wait around the next bend. Our itineraries are flexible and we look for opportunities to be amazed.

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Spirit Bear

Ketchikan to Port McNeill
August 31 - September 9, 2019       Ronn Patterson

Spirit BearBeginning in Ketchikan, this trip enters into very remote British Columbia. It's a land of mists and mountains and, apart from Prince Rupert, only scattered human populations. Bears and other wildlife outnumber the people! The "Spirit Bear" –a white phase of the black bear– is most visible on Princess Royal Island where we'll be guided by natives to, potentially, the best bear viewing locations. They also can be visible from the beach, as were these two cubs from last year. The scenery and narrow passages through this area emphasize the glaciers that cut these channels during the last Ice Age. For overall grandeur, this cruise can't be beat!

Valid passport required for this trip.

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Orcas, Orcas, Orcas

Port McNeil to Friday Harbor
September 12 - September 21, 2019       Ronn Patterson

Orca AlaskaMore orcas inhabit this region than exist in the rest of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska combined! This cruise spends time with resident orcas at two communities as well as the transient orcas in between. The northern resident community is near Johnstone Strait, and the southern resident community is near Friday Harbor, Washington. This region, the top of Vancouver Island to Friday Harbor, is the heart of a strong native culture with well–developed art, religion and social structure.

The setting is one of unbelievable beauty – deep green bays rimmed by forests and mountains, punctuated by the black and white of the orca whale (actually the largest member of the dolphin family). We will spend as much time as possible with the orcas, visit bird rookeries and go ashore for brief hikes and beach combing. We will also make special visits to wonderful native museums and village sites.

Valid passport required for this trip.

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Alaska/British Columbia

Dolphin Charters operates under permit from the Tongass National Forest.

NOTE: All itineraries and schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions and the captain's discretion.

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