By Leah Poulton October 17, 2014 #php comments_number('0 Comment', '1 Comment', '% Comments'); ?> #php echo wpb_get_post_views(get_the_ID()); ?>
It’s the type of scene you’d expect to find in Iceland, or maybe New Zealand – dramatic, glacial-formed peaks and fjords, filled with dark, smooth seas, disturbed only by the tail of a humpback whale or a pod of white-sided dolphins. Wet, quiet, dusky old growth forests, draped tops-to-roots in green moss, criss-crossed with trails made and maintained by bears. Mist and rainbows. So much mist and rainbows. It’s the stuff travel bucket lists are made of, yet many North Americans aren’t even aware this exists in their very own backyard. I was lucky enough to experience the Great Bear Rainforest (and some of Northern Vancouver Island) first-hand in early fall, and I can say without hesitation that it’s my favourite travel experience to date.
When we arrived in Port Hardy for our transfer float plane flight to Nimmo Bay Resort, I still had no idea what we were in for – unfortunately for us, the rain was full-on in the rainforest that morning. Canadian to the core, I apologized to the others in the group for the weather and told them I’d been hoping for clear skies for our flight so they could take in the scenery.
And then suddenly, as if the weather gods had been listening in, the clouds parted on cue, and we found ourselves taking off in that perfect, in-between moment that we coastal residents know well – when the sun has just started to break through the clouds, which are still sprinkling, and the sky lights up with rainbows (some like to credit science, but I prefer magic). And the best part is, the experience only got better from there – but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Here are a selection of shots from our trip, including our flight from Port Hardy to Nimmo Bay Resort, the area around the resort (including Little Nimmo Bay and Broughton Archipelago), Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay:
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