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Magnificent Bear Viewing in The Great Bear Rainforest


Best time to go
may - oct

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Magnificent Bear Viewing in The Great Bear Rainforest

Tailored to your requirements, spend time with the grizzlies of Bella Coola, take helicopter flights over glaciated valleys and enjoy gourmet cuisine at the idyllic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. This safari provides the perfect week away for a family looking for some adventure, or a couple looking to experience the Canadian wilderness. Lodging at the wonderful Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, home to great wines and inspired cuisine, you set out each day on a variety of excursions, from drifting down the river watching grizzly bears as they fish, taking scenic helicopter flights over glaciated valleys, embarking on nature walks through the forests or just soaking in the hot tub.

What to expect

Arrive at Tweedsmuir by plane or car and take in your surroundings before receiving your lodge orientation and bear safety briefing. After that you'll be straight out for your first excursion – a drift down the Atnarko River. Grizzlies aren't the only wildlife you may encounter though, so look out for otters, bald eagles and black bears too.

Bella Coola Valley

Rise before breakfast and head down to the Wildlife Viewing Station which is ideally located for early-morning bear activity. Back to the lodge for breakfast before going out again with your naturalist guide for a nature walk around the park, learning to track the bears' movements. Enjoy a picnic in the park's lush surroundings while discussing the morning's sightings. Continue looking for bears and perhaps opt for a hike to Stillwater Lake in the afternoon, then go back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between massive, snow-capped peaks; relax and enjoy the scenery, whilst keeping your eyes firmly peeled for wildlife; especially, of course, grizzly bears.

Learn about the history and culture of Bella Coola Valley. Take in the pristine landscapes, discover historical totem poles and visit the culturally modified ancient cedar trees with your guide on hand to explain all about these unusual finds. Enjoy lunch at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord, before heading to Bella Coola town to pick up any souvenirs you may want from this amazing destination.

Why book this trip?

  • Explore isolated and wildlife-rich locations via helicopter (at additional cost).
  • Drift down the Atnarko River as grizzly bears swipe salmon from the water’s edge and eagles circle ahead.
  • Venture through Bella Coola Valley, which is home to the highest concentration of grizzly bears in North America.
  • Stay at the wonderful Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and dine on locally sourced cuisine.
  • Enjoy activities, from river drifts and nature walks to fishing and bear viewing.
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Accommodation Highlights

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Hailed by CNN Travel as one of British Columbia's best luxury lodges, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a cosy destination located on the banks of the Atnarko River and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. It's the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful wilderness area and one of the best places to spot grizzly bears fishing the rivers during salmon-spawning season.