Discover the magnificent Canadian grizzly bear and share their natural environment during your stay at a charming floating lodge in one of the world's richest grizzly bear habitats.
This simple but unforgettable floating lodge, which accomodates just 16 guests, has a breathtaking setting in the heart of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest and is surrounded by pristine wilderness. You can spend three or six nights here enjoying guided bear-viewing trips and soaking in your surroundings from the floating deck. Meal times, which will be served in the dining room, are a social occasion and dishes have a real focus on locally-grown produce and freshly caught seafood. The Great Bear Lodge's eco-credentials are also noteworthy - they use wind and solar power to supply their electricial needs and take great care not to disturb the bears or their environment.
3 & 6 night itinerary; departure on selected days from early May to mid-October
On the first day of your adventure, arrive in Port Hardy and transfer to the Great Bear Lodge by seaplane (departure at approx. 3pm). On arrival, there'll be a welcome meeting and time to check in to your room before your first wildlife viewing session. The day will come to an end as you sit down to dinner with your fellow guests and head to the lounge for a presentation on the local environment and the grizzly bear.
Your full days at the lodge will be spent taking part in scheduled morning and afternoon bear viewings led by an experienced wildlife biologist. These trips have been arranged to coincide with times when the bears are the most active. Depending on the time of year, you will either observe the bears from a boat or one of the specially-designed viewing platforms which are located in prime bear-watching spots. Between bear-watching trips you can either spend time at the lodge or out on additional excursions like rainforest walks and a boat trip to a nearby inlet.
On your final day there'll be time to take part in a final bear-watching excursion before lunch. You will then be flown back to Vancouver Island. Arrival in Port Hardy is between 4pm and 6pm, so you'll need to spend one night in town following your time at Great Bear Lodge.
Good to know
The lodge rooms do not have telephones or televisions. The maximum luggage allowance on the flight to Port Hardy is 14kgs; excess luggage can be stored in Port Hardy.
Just eight rooms with twin or double beds
Full Board • All meals in the dinning room from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on the day of departure • Wine and beer with meals • Floatplane transfers between Port Hardy and the lodge • Bear viewing trips accompanied by a wildlife biologist guide • One daily activity (guided hike or boat trip) • Evening interpretive programme • Use of rubber boots, waterproof jackets, trousers and hat.
*Denotes local charge