UA-16755900-1 Bears & Whales of Farewell Harbour, Canada Wildlife Watching - Wildlife & Wilderness Travel & Safaris

Episode 8

Published on:

29th Apr 2020

Bears & Whales at Farewell Harbour, Canada with Tim McGrady

In this episode of the Wildlife & Wilderness Travel & Safaris show, the world’s first and only podcast on wildlife safaris worldwide and sustainable tourism, we are putting the pod in podcast.

The first sounds you hear are from killer whales, orcas, off the west coast of Canada. In fact, what is very cool is that from just that short clip they were identified by Megan at Orca Lab as members of the northern resident A5 pod in the Broughton Archipelago off Vancouver Island.

And that group of islands is where we take you in this episode, to explore Farewell Harbour Lodge and the wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest.

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In this episode I’m delighted to be talking with Tim McGrady. Tim has paddled kayaks around the islands and fjords of the Pacific West Coast of Canada for many years and also worked at a number of wildlife-watching lodges and has a great knowledge of bears, whales and the nature of the region. Today he is part owner, manager and guide at Farewell Harbour Lodge.

Tim talks about how the lodge came about by combining the old Farewell Harbour with Bones Bay Lodge; the activities possible from the lodge and the terrific biodiversity of wildlife to be found in this wild land. How bear watching is different to other lodges and the close proximity they achieve to humpback whales, orcas and dolphins that pass through these islands. We discuss conservation, scientific research including that by nearby Orca Lab and also about the First Nations peoples of the region. Heli-hiking and green initiatives are mentioned and of course we look to the future to the protection and importance of this reserve in Canada’s British Columbia.

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Wildlife & Wilderness Travel & Safaris
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This show's for everyone interested in wildlife travel, safaris, eco-tourism and adventures in the wild world. I'm Dr. Steve Banner, your guide through these podcasts and a biologist who has almost 25 years experience as Director of">Wildlife & Wilderness; a specialist tour operator that designs tailor made travel and expert-led tours.

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Hi, I'm a biologist with a life-long interest in nature and the natural world. I've also adventured around the world and am a volunteer with a Mountain Rescue team in the UK. Through my travel company, Wildlife & Wilderness, I have contact with many tourism professionals, experts around the world, that help us design great tailor made holidays and expert-led tours. Some of these fascinating people will feature throughout these podcasts.