Grizzlies, Spirit Bears & the Great Bear Rainforest

An extraordinary, tailor-made journey into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the mighty grizzly, black and the elusive and mysterious spirit bear.

Duration 11 days
Price From $6,450
When Jun - Oct
Destination Canada

Safari Overview

Travel deep into the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, home to an abundance of grizzlies, black bears and the elusive spirit bears. Snow-capped peaks overlook spectacular fjords and ancient forests with 1000 year old cedars teeming with wildlife. Bears forage for roots and berries or gorge on salmon, wolves hide between trees, eagles wait patiently ready to swoop and the Pacific coastal waters welcome orca, grey and humpback whales. This tailor-made itinerary offers unrivalled bear viewing opportunities and the chance to visit the only place in the world to see the white coated Kermode (spirit) bear in its natural environment. Enjoy walking safaris, boat safaris and explore fjords by kayak in this extraordinary journey.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Walk through the Great Bear Rainforest on foot for unrivalled eye level encounters with grizzly bears, black bears and the elusive spirit bear.
  • Discover First Nation culture.
  • See wonderful marine-life, including humpback whales and Steller sea lions.
  • Marvel at the stunning scenery of remote British Columbia.

Remote but comfortable lodges put you in the right place at the right time for the ultimate bear experience.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Vancouver

On arrival in Vancouver you will be met and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this enchanting city.

Day 2

Vancouver - Great Bear Lodge

This morning you will be transferred to Vancouver Airport in time for your flight to Port Hardy. Met on arrival, you will have some time for lunch before boarding a seaplane for your short flight to Great Bear Lodge.

Overnight: Great Bear Lodge B, L, D

Days 3-4

Great Bear Lodge

You will spend the next 2 days searching for the mighty grizzly bear. The bears are commonly most active in the early morning and late afternoon so viewing sessions are organised with this in mind. The viewing blinds on the river have been constructed with the photographer in mind, and are optimal and comfortable places from which to view bears. There is nothing quite like seeing a grizzly mother with her cubs emerging from the forest. A normal viewing session may last about three hours.

Overnight: Great Bear Lodge B, L, D

Day 5

Great Bear Lodge - Port Hardy

After another day of bear viewing , you will return to Port Hardy in the late afternoon. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Quarterdeck Inn and Marina B

Day 6

Port Hardy - Shearwater

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bella Bella. Here you will be met upon arrival and then you will embark upon a short boat transfer to Shearwater where you will spend the night. The rest of the day is free to explore this charming little village.

Day 7

Shearwater - Klemtu

This morning you will be transferred by water taxi to Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu. Welcomed upon arrival, you will be shown to your room before lunch is served. Your bear activities begin this afternoon as you head out by boat in search of the bears. The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest, intact, temperate rainforest in the world and bears roam free leading to intimate and unique eye-level viewing and photographic opportunities. Watch as the bears forage for roots, berries or gorge on salmon. You will then return to the lodge to relax before dinner.

Overnight: Spirit Bear Lodge B, L, D

Days 8-9


You will spend the next 2 days searching for grizzly, black and spirit bears. Your local guides are experts in the behaviour and movement patterns of the bear ensuring you are in the right place at the right time for up close encounters with these majestic creatures. Trek through the Great Bear Rainforest and head out on small boats into the braided channels of the estuary in search of wildlife. Seeing the white coat of a spirit bear for the first time is a truly unforgettable experience. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy an interpretive walking tour visiting cultural and natural history sites. Your evenings are often filled with presentations and slideshows by your knowledgeable guides.

Overnight: Spirit Bear Lodge B, L, D

Day 10

Klemtu - Bella Bella - Vancouver

After your final morning tracking the grizzlies or exploring the estuary by kayak you will be transferred back to Bella Bella by water taxi in time for your flight back to Vancouver. You will have one final night to reminisce over the last few days of bear viewing before your flight home tomorrow.

Day 11

Depart Vancouver

Today you will be transferred to Vancouver airport in time for your onward flight.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a tailor-made safari and can be tailored to your ideal dates and time of travel. Grizzlies can be seen from June through to October; however, their activity varies depending on when you travel. Early season sees them eating sedge grasses and berries whereas late season sees them feasting on salmon. Spirit bears can be seen throughout the season however; the best sightings are from August onwards. Humpbacks, orcas and grey whales are also present throughout the season. The lodges are basic but expert guides and skippers ensure you get up close and personal to these magnificent creatures. Domestic flight package from £390 (subject to change)

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