Great Bear Nature Tours | See Grizzly Bears in the Great Bear Rainforest

Holiday Duration: 6 Nights

Overview

Overview

From May through to October, travel to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to the central coast of British Columbia. Known as the Great Bear Rainforest, this area is one of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears and other wildlife such as wolves, black bears, otters, pine martens, mink and bald eagles.  The Great Bear Lodge is located in rich grizzly bear habitat in the Nekite Valley and you can view the bears either by boat or by using one of the many viewing stands along the river.

The Lodge has just five bedrooms, all en-suite, and in keeping with the management philosophy of low-impact ecotourism, features wind and solar power. Your hosts will prepare wilderness-gourmet meals during your stay, using the best local seafood and produce available. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck at night as you watch the moon rise over the mountains.  Due to the size of the lodge you are assured a very special and personalised experience.

The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to a significant concentration of coastal grizzly bears. During Spring (May and June), grizzly bears come down from the mountains to graze on the sedges, succulents and grasses that make up the dense bio-mass of the river estuary. There you can observe and photograph the grizzly bears from boats, floating quietly in the estuary sloughs. Coinciding with breeding season, you can often see large males interacting with females. Additionally, the estuary is bustling with other bird and animal life at this time of year.  The return of tens of thousands of salmon marks the beginning of the autumn season in mid-August. Great Bear Lodge has constructed a series of enclosed viewing stands along the river, providing a variety of settings to view and photograph grizzly bears as they gorge on fish in anticipation of their coming hibernation.

"The Rocky Mountaineer was superb"

Everything went to plan and ran smoothly with planes, cars, trains and accommodation. The Rocky Mountaineer was superb and a great experience, so well organised and such good service on board. The selection of hotels we ended up with was an eclectic mix. Cathedral Lodge in Field was outstanding and by far the best in terms of location, style and service. Just out of this world although the Black Fish Lodge experience was equally good although quite different. Lovely people there who took good care of us with amazing wild life spotting opportunities along with the fishing.

I can’t thank you enough for your patience in the planning process getting the package together and trying to match to our specific requirements. You always understood the brief and were quick in following up options and so on. Not an inexpensive holiday for sure but so memorable. It will be very hard to beat.

Ms Winsor - Travelled Rocky Mountaineer

Itinerary (6 Nights)

Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1

This bear tour should be part of a longer holiday.  Whether you stay in Vancouver,...

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Day 2

Vancouver to Great Bear Lodge

Departing from Port Hardy at 3pm, you will leave for a pristine wilderness. Transportation is...

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Day 3

Great Bear Lodge

In the morning, you will be on the trail of the grizzly bear again after...

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Day 4

Great Bear Lodge

As your stay at the lodge continues, you begin to settle into the natural rhythm...

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Day 5

Great Bear Lodge to Port Hardy

After your parting session with the bears you will enjoy lunch at the Great Bear...

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Day 6

Port Hardy to Vancouver

Fly back to Vancouver – or maybe head up the Inside Passage. In Vancouver transfer...

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