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have had a few pms and emails on this and will expand a bit on the early summer trip I will probably take...
the idea is to drive from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Prince Rupert... I have done this before in 2 days but it makes for a long 2 days. That being said I plan on doing it in 2 days again. Its about a 5 hour drive to Edmonton and another 3 to 3.5 hrs to the foothills of the rockies so 8 to 9 hours of prairie before you hit the rockies... after that it is through Jasper and on to Prince George. If I remember right I got there at about 8 at night starting in Saskatoon at about 7am. The next day is a bit shorter and you get to Prince Rupert at about 6 or so at night. I dont plan on making extended meal stops but do plan on stopping for every wildlife encounter and scenic nature encounter for shots. There are multiple cool waterfalls on day 2 of the drive including one area where you can get 6 falls in one shot if the runoff is still happening.
Day 3 would be taking the ferry over to Haida Gwaii. Depending on what one wants to do one could spend day 4 touring some of the northern island or time it so that day 4 starts with the Moresby tour.
Next 4 days are touring in the zodiac. After the tour the next day would be spent getting back to the main land.
Next day would be spent with Grizzlies... here is the link to the tour I did the last time.. short and sweet but the guide in the zodiac is a professor studying the bears so even though it is only 2 hours with the bears it is very informative and a lot of fun.. the float plane is a blast as well.
There are other day long options for the grizzlies which include a boat ride instead of the flight to the sanctuary which I have never taken. I have heard that chances are good for whale encounters as well as other marine wildlife on the way to the sanctuary but the boats are larger and ride deeper than zodiacs so when you get to the sanctuary you cant get as close as someone in a zodiac can... that being said I'm always open to trying the boat trip to get there if others are inclined to do it.
After that it is a drive home which depending on the route can take 2 to 3 days... 3 days if you add in the drive along the glacier highway and some hikes along the way including a stop at the Athebaska Glacier as well as a short hike to a very amazing lake... cant remember the name of it but I do remember it well. It has several areas where silt washes into it and as such surface patterns are amazing and constantly changing every minute.
Soooo grand total for that trip will be between 11 to 13 days depending on what was agreed on by the group. Add in a day for anyone out of town to fly in to Saskatoon and a day to get home from here and there you have it.. You could of course also just fly to Haida Gwaii and meet up there.
That being said I plan on doing this trip by myself either way so if anyone does want to come along I would not expect anyone to chip in for gas as I will be paying for it anyways if you dont come...
I also have a lot of local connections and for your nights in Saskatoon hotels would be free.
I have no problems sharing rooms along the way as long as you dont snore
I drive a smaller car so myself and 2 others I think would be the limit as once you add gear and luggage I think it will be a tight fit for 3 ppl for a trip that long but hopefully not too tight.
Also.. in the past when I have done this trip I tended to rush a bit cause I was the only driver. If someone can drive a standard things can slow down a bit and more time spent taking pics along the way as we can drive longer... I usually start at 6 am or so and plan on being at the next stop at the latest at 7 or 8pm... with extra ppl who dont mind long days on the road sunlight up here at that time of year is from about 4:30am to 10:30pm on the prairies... mountain areas will of course change these times a bit.
Anyway.. thare you have it for those who have asked....
my hiking for the next 3 days is going to take me through gorge areas so sat hookups will be very short. I've told others they can have my time for those days as they have family to keep in touch with. If anyone does have any farther questions it will more than likely be 3 or 4 days before I get back to them
Feel free to PM me though..
If/when others are serious about this we can get together on some conference calls to hammer out the details including exact dates... I can go at basically any time... in regards to conference calls... no worries here again... I can set them up free of charge no matter where you live in the world.
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