Grizzly Bears at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Located in the Bella Coola on the edge of the Great Nature Bear Rainforest; this historic lodge is a classic Canadian wilderness lodge set on 60 acres of private land nestled within the Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the largest protected park in British Columbia. The lodge borders the Antanarko and Bella Coola rivers, and in the autumn grizzly bears come down to feast on the spawning salmon. The lodge is ideally located in a region with one of the healthiest bear habitats in the world and often the bears can be seen wandering past the lodge, making it unique among bear viewing lodges.
The lodge is well known for its warm, family style environment where guests can relax in the great lounge in front of one of the two huge fireplaces, leather sofas and piano. There are 10 chalets and cabins in total, most of which have queen beds, coffee makers, rain showers, and gas fireplaces. The chalets have wonderful views and a homely feel to them. All guests can make use of the new spa facility (massages must be booked in advance) and soak in the outdoor hot tub after a big day of Great Bear Rainforest adventures. Then retire to the lodge deck to sip a drink before dinner, where you can peacefully enjoy glimpses of the wildlife and breathtaking mountain views of the 8,000 foot rock peak aptly named Mount Stupendous.
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge amenities include: Large living room / dining room with fireplace; sports bar with fireplace, billiards table, games and satellite TV; new spa facility with hot tub, sauna, washrooms, stretching, yoga and massage areas; electric and mountain bikes; Wi-Fi in all chalets; retail boutique.
Day 1: Vancouver > Bella Coola Depart Vancouver South Terminal on Pacific Coastal Airlines scheduled morning flight to Bella Coola (Approx 70 minutes). At the airport you will be met by Tweedsmuir Park Lodge staff who will transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge. After check-in, your stay will start with a delicious lunch followed by an orientation and bear awareness seminar. Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon Scenic River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery - and keep your eyes open for wildlife! Small Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. Once back at the lodge, enjoy a 3 course dinner that is served at 7:00 pm every night
Day 2: Wildlife viewing Wake up early and wander down to our Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the Wildlife Viewing Platforms you have a hot and continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8.00 am. Afterwards, it's time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park. Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds.
A picnic lunch will be served in the field.In the afternoon, continue exploring Tweedsmuir Park with a drive on the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Platforms before dinner.
Day 3: Wildlife viewing Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then it's time to hit the river with your guide for a morning drift on the Atnarko River in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it's a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides know the area well and have mapped numerous short hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the Atnarko River to see spawning salmon - and the bears and eagles fishing for them!
Day 4: Bella Coola > Vancouver Departure day! We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Lodge staff will transfer you back to the Airport for a mid-morning flight back to Vancouver arriving midday.
• Round-trip airfare from Vancouver to Bella Coola • All ground transportation, including meet & greet service to/ from Bella Coola Airport and Harbour • Lodge orientation • Accommodation in beautiful, private timber frame chalets • All meals: hot & continental breakfast, lunch in the lodge or packed lunch to take out in the field, 3 course dinner, plus afternoon snacks and unlimited soda, coffee and tea • A variety of small group Bear Watching Tours on each day • Experienced guides • Use of all sporting equipment, including mountain or e-bikes that you may use to do some exploring on your own
Pricing (per person) $NZD