Great Bear Nature Lodge
Great Bear Nature Tours offers grizzly bear viewing excursions from Port Hardy to a beautiful river valley on the central coast of British Columbia. Known as the Great Bear Rainforest, this area is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly (brown) bears and many other forms of wildlife including black bears, wolves and bald eagles. This ecotourism lodge is the ideal base for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river.
This floating lodge assures a personalized wilderness experience, as it holds a maximum of sixteen guests, with only eight rooms. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a shower. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from our wildlife biologists. Natural wood decks surround the lodge, a perfect place to have a glass of wine while enjoying the beauty of the scenery. Wilderness-gourmet meals awaits you at the lodge on your return from the wilderness. The freshest local ingredients and all organic food is used when it is available. In between bear viewing sessions you will be able to join a guided activity such as an interpretive walk or a boat excursion, or you may choose to relax with a book from the extensive library.
Day 1: Vancouver > Port Hardy > Great Bear Lodge Late this morning depart from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for a 70 minute flight to Port Hardy. Upon arrival transfer (included) to the town of Port Hardy for lunch (own cost) and to explore the town. Mid-afternoon you will be transferred to the floatplane base for your scenic flight over the Queen Charlotte Strait to the floating lodge. After a brief introduction to the lodge you will head out on your first Grizzly excursion.
Day 2: Great Bear Lodge In the morning, you will be on the trail of the grizzly bear again after some good coffee and breakfast. A typical viewing session lasts three hours. After a morning of adventure, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax. Spend the early afternoon exploring the surrounding area with a guide. A popular activity is the interpretive rainforest walk, examining bear sign and the general ecology of the area. In mid-afternoon you will venture out to see the bears before returning to the lodge for dinner. On clear nights, the stars are amazing.
Day 3: Great Bear Lodge As your stay at the lodge continues, you begin to settle into the natural rhythm of the valley. The bears are generally most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours, which is why we focus our viewing sessions on these times. Over the course of your stay we will take you to a variety of sites, depending on the bear activity. For the afternoon recreation today we may take a guided sea-kayaking tour of the estuary, or a boat cruise to explore the glacier-carved inlet. Or you may prefer to relax and enjoy the view from the lodge. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to many animals, including grey wolves, otters, black bears, mink and bald eagles.
Day 4: Great Bear Lodge > Port Hardy After your parting session with the bears you will enjoy lunch at the Great Bear Lodge. You will be returned to Port Hardy in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm. Due to unpredictable weather conditions for flights around the lodge and Port Hardy we have included a nights accommodation in Port Hardy.
Day 5: Port Hardy > Vancouver Make your own way to the Port Hardy Airport for your return flight to Vancouver (South Terminal)
• Return flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy • 3 nights accommodation in a private room at Great Bear Lodge • 1 night accommodation in Port Hardy (last night) • Guided morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions, by a wildlife biologist • Interpretive discussion and welcome orientation for wildlife viewing • Interpretive walks or boat excursions • Slide shows and video presentations on local natural history • Return flight from Vancouver and Port Hardy • Transfer from Port Hardy Airport to Great Bear seaplane base • Return seaplane flight from Port Hardy and Great Bear Lodge • Transfer between Port Hardy float plane base and Port Hardy hotel • Transfer Port Hardy Hotel to Port Hardy airport • All meals at Great Bear Lodge including complimentary wine & beer with dinner • Rubber boots and rain gear, if required • Binoculars for wildlife viewing • Gratuity for staff • Stewardship Bear Research Fee in British Columbia • BC Conservation Licensing Fee
Pricing (per person) $NZD