Great Bear Nature Lodge
Explore the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other wildlife such as wolves, black bears, otters, pine martins, mink and bald eagles. Spend your days exploring the Great Bear Rainforest as well as on guided activities such as an interpretive walk or a boat excursion, or you may choose to relax with a book from the extensive library. This ecotourism lodge is ideal for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river.
You'll stay at a floating ecotourism lodge with just eight bedrooms, each with an en suite. The common area of the Lodge offers a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from wildlife biologists. The wind and solar powered lodge is in keeping with a commitment to low-impact ecotourism. Natural wood decks surround the lodge, a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the beauty of the scenery. Gourmet meals await you on your return with only the freshest local ingredients and organic food used (when available). A typical dinner might feature freshly caught salmon roasted on a cedar plank with a marinade of maple syrup, mustard seeds and balsamic vinegar.
These tours are run from May through October, from Port Hardy to the central coast of British Columbia.
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 tansfer (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 mornig, 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 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 signs and the general ecology of the area. 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 Transfer (not included) mid-morning to Port Hardy Airport for your return flight to Vancouver (South Terminal)
• Independent tour with local guides • Return flights Vancouver > Port Hardy • Transfer Port Hardy Airport to seaplane terminal and seaplane terminal to hotel • Return Seaplane flights Port Hardy > Great Bear Nature Lodge • 3 nights in a private room at Great Bear Lodge • 1 nights' accommodation in Port Hardy (last night) • Interpretive discussion and welcome orientation for wildlife viewing • Afternoon and morning bear viewing sessions, guided by a wildlife biologist • Interpretive walks or boat excursions • Rubber boots and rain wear, if required • Binoculars for wildlife viewing • Wilderness gourmet meals at the lodge(including complimentary wine with dinner) • Stewardship fee for bear research in British Columbia
Pricing (per person) $AUD
May 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
Jun 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
Jul 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
Aug 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
Sep 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28
Oct 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16
May 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
Booking conditions • 7 night tour departures are also available. Ask World Journeys for details.
• Tours depart at 3pm from the Port Hardy Seaplane Base or Port Hardy Airport. Tours are scheduled to return to Port Hardy between 4pm-6pm, but can be delayed due to wilderness weather.
• Minimum age 15 years
• Deposit of 50% is required at time of booking.
• Baggage allowance is limited to 14kgs per passenger. Exceptions can be made for photography equipment
• 7 night tour departures are also available. Ask World Journeys for details. • Tours depart at 3pm from the Port Hardy Seaplane Base or Port Hardy Airport. Tours are scheduled to return to Port Hardy between 4pm-6pm, but can be delayed due to wilderness weather. • Minimum age 15 years • Deposit of 50% is required at time of booking. • Baggage allowance is limited to 14kgs per passenger. Exceptions can be made for photography equipment
Not included • Transfer Port Hardy Hotel to Port Hardy Airport
• Gratuities for staff
• Transfer Port Hardy Hotel to Port Hardy Airport • Gratuities for staff
Gratuity • Suggested gratuities of CDN$20 per day per guest are not included
• Suggested gratuities of CDN$20 per day per guest are not included