GROWING UP in Vancouver and now living in the southeastern interior of British Columbia (Nelson), I’m no stranger to the wild. Twenty minutes out of town in all directions from where I live you lose your cell signal. But taking a media trip in 2013 showed me a whole other level of isolation and wilderness. We cruised for days on a small boat along the Inner Passage, traveling from Juneau south to Ketchikan, exploring glaciers, bays, and inlets, both from the water and from the land. Our hiking guides (one at the front, one at the back at all times) carried bear spray on their belts and made us yell and clap every couple of minutes. You may want to see a bear in the wild, but you don’t want that experience close up and definitely not by surprise.
[This post was produced with support from Un-Cruise Adventures. All photos used with permission with the photographers credited accordingly.]