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Grizzly Bear, Canada

Bear Watching at Spirit Bear Lodge

8-day Tailor Made Journey from £2,785 pp incl. flights


Short description

Discover British Columbia's incredible wildlife in the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest on the planet

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  • Embark on an authentic and cultural journey in search of the elusive Spirit Bear
  • Return each evening to the comfort of Spirit Bear Lodge commanding panoramic Pacific Ocean views
  • Explore with local Kitasoo guides

In Brief

  • 1 Night Vancouver
  • 3 Nights Spirit Bear Lodge
  • 2 Nights Vancouver


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | City | History & culture | Natural world | Off the beaten track | Wildlife

There are fewer than 400 spirit bears left in the wild and seeing them catching salmon in their natural environment is certainly a thrill. Other wildlife in the area includes grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, eagles, wolves, cougars and pods of orca and humpback whales. This itinerary is based on 3 nights at Spirit Bear Lodge but there are also 4 and 5 night packages available. 

The joy of spirit bear lodge is that each month has a distinct season and feel. In June and July you'll see grizzly's with cubs as they seek out the high protein sedge grass, humpbacks are also a frequent sight as they hug the coastline foraging for herring and mackerel. August sees the bears anticipating the arrival of the great salmon run as they gather in large numbers around the river mouths. August is also the month when the elusive Spirit Bear is often more visible. September brings the full force of the salmon spawning and grizzly's, black and spirit bears are all competing for the best fishing spots. Come October bear numbers are at their highest with often frenzied activity as they pack on extra fat before hibernation. October also brings forth the start of the seasonal rains which give this forest its name.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Vancouver, British Colombia, a city with a spectacular location on Canada's beautiful west coast. On arrival make your way to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the city.

Stay: The Loden (Superior)

Day 2
Spirit Bear Lodge

This morning you'll fly from Vancouver to Bella Bella and then join a scenic boat ride to Spirit Bear Lodge by water taxi.

On arrival you'll be greeted with coffee, a snack and a brief orientation preparing you for the adventures to come over the next few days. Your Spirit Bear Lodge experience begins with a boat journey into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, heading to Carter Inlet in search of spirit bears, grizzly bears, black coastal bears and a myriad of other native wildlife which includes wolves, dolphins and whales. This beautiful estuary also boasts stunning scenery.

Stay: Spirit Bear Lodge

Meals: L D

Day 3
Spirit Bear Lodge

After an early breakfast you'll head by boat to Mussel Inlet where you'll disembark for a full day walking excursion in search of bears. You'll return to the lodge early evening for a relaxing evening and hearty dinner.

Stay: Spirit Bear Lodge 

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Spirit Bear Lodge

After an early breakfast its time to get back on aboard one of the lodge  motorboats for final day of wildlife viewing. Today you'll head out to one of the pristine valleys in the Spirit Bear conservancy. Your expert guide will take you to a number of hidden observation points as you search for more bears, giving you the best possible chance to see these amazing creatures in their natural environment. A marine tour to spot humpback whales is also included (seasonal).

Stay: Spirit Bear Lodge

Meals: B L D

Days 5-6

This morning you'll have a choice of excursions which include a grizzly tracking tour, a rainforest walk or a cultural excursion before an early lunch and transfer by boat and plane via Bella Bella back to Vancouver. The remainder of your time in this vibrant waterfront city is free to explore at your own pace.

Stay: The Loden (Superior)

Day 7
Depart Vancouver

Transfer to the airport at any time to board your onward flight.

Day 8
Arrive UK

On arrival in the UK continue with your onward journey.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

8-day Tailor Made Journey from £2,785 incl. flights

Guide price from: £2,785 (low season) to £3,495 (high season) per person

Valid for travel: daily 1 June-9 October 2017

General  Information: September and October are regarded as the best months for viewing this elusive bear and the longer stay package recommended to give the best chance of seeing them. 

Package includes: Return flights to Vancouver, 2 nights at The Loden (first and last night), return airfare from Vancouver to Bella Bella and shuttle from Bella Bella to Spirit Bear Lodge,  3 nights accommodation at Spirit Bear Lodge, welcome briefing and orientation, all meals and snacks while at Spirit Bear Lodge beginning with lunch on arrival day, professional guides services on all programs, half day bear viewing tour on arrival day, day excursion to main grizzly viewing area, evening guide presentation/slide show, evening Big House interpretive tour, half-day morning optional excursion on departure day: Cultural and natural history sites, Grizzly tracking tour or Estuary exploration by sea-kayak, Coastal Watchman Program user fee, extended cultural and natural history sites interpretive walking tour and marine tour for Humpback whale viewing (seasonal) in Finlayson Channel.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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