Here’s an overview and slideshow of our sea kayak trip from Smithers, B.C., to Glacier Bay, Alaska. In 2007, we paddled from late spring through early fall along the Inside Passage of northern BC and southeast Alaska. Lothar started out in a whitewater kayak, launching with a couple friends, just down the street from our house.

Lothar and friends paddled Smithers to Prince Rupert:

  • 6 May to 12 May
  • approximately 350 km

Lothar and I paddled from Prince Rupert to Glacier Bay to Juneau:

  • 19 May to 23 August
  • 2100+ km

 

Sea kayaking the Inside Passage of the Alaska Panhandle. We traveled from Smithers BC to Glacier Bay, Alaska and then back to Juneau, Alaska.
Sea kayaking the Inside Passage of the Alaska Panhandle. We traveled from Smithers BC to Glacier Bay, Alaska and then back to Juneau, Alaska.

 

The trip started with whitewater kayaks on the Bulkley River in Smithers with a switch to a double sea kayak at the confluence of the Skeena to Prince Rupert.
The trip started with whitewater kayaks on the Bulkley River in Smithers with a switch to a double sea kayak at the confluence of the Skeena and then on to Prince Rupert.

 

From Prince Rupert we travelled to Junuea to resupply and then circumnavigated Revillagegado (almost) to visit Misty Fiords National Park and the mighty Unuk River and then on to Ernest Sound.

 

We headed north to Wrangell (via Anan Creek Bear Observatory) and then took an opportunistic offer from a fisherman for ferry up the mighty Stikine River (50 km) to paddle back down. Next we headed to Petersburg and then on to Admiralty Island.

 

Paddle across Fredrick Sound, through Mecca (for humpback whales); to Admiralty Island, up Seymour Canal to a short tramway portage to Stephens Passage; on to Juneau; and then Gustavus via Point Adolphus on Chichgof Island.

 

Glacier Bay
Gustavus to Glacier Bay then back Juneau to (reluctantly) catch a ferry home, via the mainland and north end of Admiralty Island (previous image).

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