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Spring expeditions give guests the privilege of experiencing the Great Bear Rainforest and learning about the extraordinary efforts being made to protect it

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Victoria, B.C. March 14, 2017:

Outer Shores Expeditions, providing true wilderness and cultural experiences by sail on Canada’s Pacific Coast, are proud to announce a partnership with Sierra Club BC for a pair of expedition sailings this spring that highlight the extraordinary efforts being made to ensure this spectacular and vital part of the planet remain protected.

The new partnership creates an opportunity for guests sailing aboard Outer Shores’ 70-foot classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud to experience the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest while learning more about the organization so instrumental in protecting it: Sierra Club BC.

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Sierra Club BC was instrumental in bringing together multiple organizations to guarantee the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest

In 2016, following decades of protest, negotiations and planning, Sierra Club BC played a pivotal role in helping to bring together environmental organizations, provincial and First Nations governments, and the forest industry to sign the ground-breaking Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, which guaranteed 85 per cent (3.1 million hectares) of the remote region’s coastal temperate rainforest is now permanently off-limits to industrial logging. Today, the agreements represent one of the most comprehensive conservation and forest management achievements on earth and are being looked at as a model for future conservation efforts around the world.

Guests aboard Passing Cloud for Outer Shores’ May 22 to 29 and May 30 to June 6 Islands, Otters, Bears, and Ancient Forests expedition sailings will have the privilege of experiencing first-hand what makes the region so exceptional and what efforts have been made to safeguard it going forward.

Though Outer Shores had planned on one Sierra Club-featured expedition in 2017, due to popular demand – the May 30 to June 6 expedition is now nearly sold out – Captain Russell Markel and the Outer Shores crew decided to make the May 22 to 29 sailing a Sierra Club BC featured expedition as well.

Jens Wieting, a forest and climate campaigner with Sierra Club BC, will join the Outer Shores crew onboard Passing Cloud for the May 30 to June 6 expedition, presenting on his work in developing and implementing the protection agreements.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining Outer Shores Expeditions on board Passing Cloud for an adventure in the wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest and once again experience the natural and cultural richness of the region’s First Nations territories,” says Wieting. “This will be my first visit to the region since the announcement of the full implementation of the agreements and I am looking forward to sharing with my fellow passengers the story of how this monumental accord was achieved.”
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The 8-day Great Bear Rainforest – Islands, Otters, Bears, and Ancient Forests expeditions explore the natural richness of the region’s First Nations territories.

Partial proceeds from the featured expeditions will go to Sierra Club BC, helping to defend nature, combat climate change, and educate young people about environmental issues.

For more information on Outer Shores Expeditions, please visit the new look outershores.ca, or call 1-855-714-7233.

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About Outer Shores Expeditions

Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions small groups explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and traveling aboard the 70-foot classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. President and Captain Russell Markel holds a PhD in marine biology and is dedicated to hosting guests from around the world while fostering stewardship and supporting conservation-based research in the areas where Outer Shores travels.

About Passing Cloud

Passing Cloud is a classic, 70-foot schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose. Built in Victoria, BC, in 1974, Passing Cloud has a rich history on the BC Coast, renowned for her elegant design, exceptional accommodation, robust construction, and remarkable sailing abilities. Designed to sail around the world, Passing Cloud is an ideal vessel for small-group natural and cultural history expeditions throughout the BC Coast. Among her many features are Passing Cloud’s classic West coast wheelhouse, four private staterooms and gorgeous main salon.

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