Your Wildlife & Adventure Tour
This ecotourism lodge is ideal for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river. Gourmet meals await upon your return from the two guided viewing sessions per day. A maximum of sixteen guests ensures a personalized wilderness adventure in this special area.
The floating lodge has eight bedrooms. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from wildlife biologists. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a shower. 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.
Day 1 - Arrive in Port Hardy (Great Bear Nature Lodge)
Late this morning depart from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for 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 float plane base for your scenic flight over the Queen Charlotte Strait to the floating lodge. After a brief introduction to the lodge you will go on your first Grizzly Bear excursion.
Day 2 - Great Bear Nature 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 Nature 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 - Depart Great Bear Nature Lodge
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 one nights’ accommodation in Port Hardy.
Day 5 - Depart Port Hardy (to Vancouver)
Make your way mid-morning to Port Hardy Airport for your return flight to Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal).
5 day Adventure Tour - from £2199
Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation. Great Bear Nature Tours operate May through October. Baggage allowance is limited to 30 lbs (14 kgs) per passenger. Exceptions can be made for photography equipment. Min age 15 years. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.