A homely yet spacious lodge with a relaxing and calm atmosphere. The focus is on the bears, which can be seen either from your chalet or the on-site wildlife viewing station.
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is about 63km east of Bella Coola town at a junction off Highway 20. This area experiences its own micro-climate, and with 70% less precipitation than the surrounding area it is generally sunny and bright. This lodge is easily accessible, with no floatplanes, boat shuttles or extra hotel nights needed, which means extra bear-viewing time for you!
Accommodation & Facilities
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a member of The Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada, so you can expect very high standards of accommodation.
There are 9 guest chalets and cabins, all made from logs and simply decorated with a homely and warm feel, centred around the large landscaped gardens. Accommodation is en-suite, some of which are on two floors, and they can sleep between 2 and 4 guests depending on which chalet you choose.
In the main lodge, there is a central area great for socialising, with a comfortable living room and a cosy dining room with a rock fireplace. The sports bar has a billiard table and an array of games as well as a satellite television.
The 1,200 ft2 spa has weights and some gym machines, as well as a yoga area and a large 12-man covered hot tub looking out over the lawn.
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge staff are friendly and welcoming and the gourmet cuisine, after what can be a chilly day on the river, is delectable and inspired! We were there for a week and we never ate the same thing twice! The menu is set everyday by the chef, however special requirements can be catered for if notified in advance. Menus generally feature fresh food and catches from Bella Coola’s wild waters, and are complimented by a well-stocked wine cellar. .
From the lodge it is often possible to see the odd grizzly bear wandering past, or even taking a nap on the lawn. However there are bear river trips operated down the Atnarko River, where you will drift down in one of 4 boats in a small group; guests usually see about 15-20 bears on these trips. Here, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 guests to ensure intimate wildlife encounters. You can also chose to take a scenic drift down both the Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers, or stop off to go fishing. Guests can also take part in fjord trips where they are able to set crab and prawn traps and visit the seaside hot springs. Additional activities include birdwatching, helicopter flights (at additional cost), valley tours and guided nature walks.
Amenities for children here include the wide lawns to play on, a pond, 10-hole frisbee golf course and lots of games such as table football, billiards and table hockey.
Children over 6 are generally allowed, however it is up to the parent to decide whether you child is ready for the requirements of group travel, will enjoy the experience and not compromise it for others. We suggest you speak to your Destination Specialist to discuss the specific trip requirements so you can decide on what is best.