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.
Your journey to the lodge from Vancouver is a spectacular adventure in itself, travelling past the breathtaking scenery of the central coast and over the rich waters of Queen Charlotte Strait, the home of orca, grey and humpback whales. Over the course of your stay you will visit a number of different areas, depending on recent bear activity. Estuary sites are reached by boat, while river sites are reached by bus. Other excursions include an interpretive rainforest walk, examining bear signs and the general ecology of the area; guided sea-kayaking tours of the estuary, or boat cruises to explore the glacier-carved inlet. The Great Bear Rainforest is also home to a wide range of animals, including grey wolves, otters, black bears, mink and bald eagles.
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. Spend your 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.
Spirit Bear Lodge is a unique concept built and run by the local Kitasoo/Xaixai community. The lodge itself directly reflects their culture as it has been built in the style of their traditional long houses, the interior of the lodge itself and the furnishings used within are also reflective of their culture with many antiques used to decorate the space.