Spirit Bear Lodge was built in 2007 in the small, remote fishing village of Klemtu (280 nautical miles north of Vancouver) in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation has lived since time immemorial. Many of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais believe the Spirit Bears hold super-natural powers, hence the name Spirit Bear – a name that suits its mythical like presence. Their legend of the origin of the bear they call moskgm’ol (white bear) holds that “Goo-wee (Raven) made one in every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered this land and how the people should be thankful of the lush and bountiful land of today.” Klemtu is ideally situated to offer unparalleled access to some of the best grizzly and Spirit Bear viewing in the region. Because Spirit Bear Lodge is owned and operated by First Nations, many of the staff were born and raised in Klemtu and have exclusive access to some of the special Spirit Bear viewing areas in the recently created Spirit Bear Conservancy.
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The exterior of the Spirit Bear Lodge pays homage to the traditional long houses as built by West Coast First Nations, with a modern yet peaceful interior and 12 comfortable guest rooms. After a day of Spirit bear viewing, a highlight is to relax in “The Great Room”, a warm, central room with comfy couches, 20-foot high ocean view windows, local Tsimshian Art and two 12-foot, solid cedar dining tables, looking out towards the grey blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and watching for passing Orcas, White-Sided Dolphins and Sea Lions. Enjoy the natural wonders of the pristine landscapes that surround you in this unique culturally-authentic accommodation. Each room in the Spirit Bear Lodge has a private bathroom and all rooms take full advantage of the ocean and rainforest viewscapes.
Why we like it
A very special place which makes you feel honoured to have visited.