Bears of the Pacific Northwest
starting from US $4,880per person
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Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
Experience the charming and lively mountain village of Whistler, before spending two nights in Vancouver. Then head to the skies, bound for the Canadian wilderness. Arrive at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, perched on the edge of Bella Coola’s misty fjords and the mighty Chilcoltin mountain range. Spend days exploring on bear viewing adventures, while taking time to relax next to a roaring fire with fellow adventurers.
Trip at a glance
• Arrive Vancouver
• 3 nights Whistler
• 2 nights Vancouver
• 4 nights Bella Coola Valley
• Depart Vancouver
Day 1 – Canada travel experience begins – Vancouver to Whistler
Arrive in Vancouver today, and enjoy a scenic transfer up the Sea to Sky highway. Check into your hotel, and head out to the pedestrian village to soak in the lively mountain atmosphere. Overnight in Whistler.
Day 2 – Bear viewing in Whistler
Set out for a morning or afternoon adventure through Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in search of the local black bear population. Riding along the trails in a 4x4 vehicle keep your eyes open for the other wildlife species in the area such as black-tailed deer, coyote, red-tailed hawks, or western marmots.
Day 3 – Adventures in Whistler
Today choose between a daring adventure whizzing through Whistler’s lush coastal forests and canyons on the Bear Zip line tour or take a guided walk along the glacial snow and ice of Whistler Glacier, and observe the 10,000 year old ice up close. Included in your trip is a Peak to Peak Gondola pass, so make sure to spend some time in the alpine meadows, perfect for day hikes and viewing incredible vistas.
Day 4 – Whistler to Vancouver
Head back down the sea to sky highway by bus, and enjoy two nights in Vancouver. With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this west coast city. Places to visit include Chinatown and Gastown, and Granville Island. But for a real taste of the Vancouver lifestyle, we suggest renting a bicycle and cycling around our famous Seawall and Stanley Park.
Day 5 – Discover Vancouver
Explore Vancouver and the amazing temperate rainforest of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains on today’s guided tour. Highlights of the tour include soaring high over the valley floor on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and visiting the resident grizzly bears in their habitat on Grouse Mountain. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 6 – Vancouver to Bella Coola and the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Get ready for a spectacular experience, as an internal flight takes you over the Cascade mountains, and into the Bella Coola valley. Watch the mountain peaks and fjords below, before being met by a friendly guide at the Bella Coola airport. Enjoy an evening welcome meal, in your pristine surroundings.
Day 7 – Drift Tour on the Atnarko River
Enjoy a drift on the Atnarko River to look for Grizzly Bears and wildlife, between massive, snowcapped peaks. Eagles, otters and bears, as well as five separate species of salmon call these waters home. You will be awed by the massive trees surrounding you, the crystal clear waters of the river, and the vast mountain ranges.
Day 8 – Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Exploration
Your guides are naturalists with expertise in wildlife, geology, glaciers, forests, ecosystems and photography. They will customize your tour to discover the extinct volcano, lookouts, gorges, canyons, waterfalls and old growth forests that make up this diverse ecosystem. During peak bear viewing season, your guide will lead you right through the grizzly’s natural habitat and point out signs of the local wildlife.
Day 9 – Cultural and Scenic tour of the Bella Coola Valley
After cruising the estuary, enjoy a fascinating cultural tour to see ancient petroglyph gardens, first nations art gallery, and the local totem poles. Bella Coola is Nuxalk First Nation territory, inhabitants of the valley for millennia and creators of a unique and vibrant artistic culture. On the way back to Tweedmsuir Park Lodge there is time for a visit to Walker Island where you will see culturally modified cedar trees, beaver dams and wildlife.
Day 10 – Wilderness walk, then depart the lodge for Vancouver
Alexander Mackenzie first set foot in North America via this trail in 1793 - now it’s your turn. Spend the morning exploring this magical setting in the upper Bella Coola Valley, before departing from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge to get your internal flight back to Vancouver. From here, make your connection home or ask us about adding on additional nights in Vancouver.
Note: Note, activities at the lodge are subject to change in order to maximize bear viewing opportunities.
What we love about this trip
Adventures in Whistler - Peak to Peak gondola, ziplining and bear viewing tour
Enough time to discover Vancouver and and the North Shore
Magical Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Atnarko River grizzly bear tour
Exploring the Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
What Clients Say
There were so many things I loved
I loved working with the Fresh Tracks staff. Their knowledge of all things Canada is fantastic. They listen to what I wanted in my holiday and then make that happen! There were so many things I loved. The absolutely best part was my visit to Bella Coola and Tweedsmuir Lodge to see the Grizzly Bears... read more
Trish, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
Delta Whistler Village Suites
An example of our Comfort and Superior accommodations
Located in the heart of the village and surrounded by Whistler's exciting buzz, the Delta Whistler Village Suites offers the comfort of suite accommodations, the convenience of a full service hotel and genuine care from all its staff. Services include health club, outdoor heated pool, two restaurants, in Resort shuttle service, ski storage and ski rental shop.
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
An example of our accommodations
On the edge of BC's largest protected park, the historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is set on 60 acres of provincial land within the vast wilderness of BC. The stunning environment boasts majestic coastal mountains, the largest fjord system in the Americas and the high Chilcotin Plateau. Explore the bio-diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest, stunning apline hikes, grizzly watching, and the rich culture of the local Nuxalk people. At the end of a day's adventures, enjoy the first class treatment offered by your lodge hosts. Sip a glass of wine on the patio, while bears graze on the sweet sedge grasses on the lodge grounds.
Prices & Dates2017 Start Dates in Vancouver
June 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Please inquire about triple, quad, and children rates
• Peak season for bear viewing in Bella Coola begins on the August 16th departure. In non-peak season, tours at the lodge may be less bear oriented, focusing on nature, culture and other wildlife.
Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $4,880to US $5,935per person
On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.
Not Included• Transportation to and from Vancouver
• Meals except at Tweedsmuir Lodge
• Alcoholic beverages at the Lodge (bar and lounge is available in the evenings)
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
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There were so many things I loved
October 3, 2016
I loved working with the Fresh Tracks staff. Their knowledge of all things Canada is fantastic. They listen to what I wanted in my holiday and then make that happen! There were so many things I loved. The absolutely best part was... read more my visit to Bella Coola and Tweedsmuir Lodge to see the Grizzly Bears catch salmon, I wish I could have stayed an additional night. Vancouver Island was great - the quirky accommodations chosen for me were beautiful: The Hummingbird Inn at Port Alberni was very spacious and pretty. Seachart Lodge was a great place to relax. All inclusive with meals made it very easy! The Resort in Tofino was very classy, and I had great views of the surf beach from my balcony. The Seine Inn at Alert Bay was so quaint. If the people of Alert bay realise their dream to re-gentrify the main street, it will be spectacular to visit in years to come, it was such a cute little place to visit, a little bit like a place where time has stood still for a while. But Tweedsmuir was hands down the holiday highlight. The accommodation was perfect and the meals were divine! The opportunities to see the grizzlies were well planned and plentiful.
Trish, NSW, AUSTRALIA
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June 12, 2007
It was absolutely great, and my wife Sarah and I were extremely impressed with the level of detail that your company advertised and delivered. At first I was very sceptical about booking a holiday with a company on another continent... read more however I was proven wrong and have already passed your details onto friends and associates as they too are thinking of coming to visit your super country. Should we think of coming back to Canada again, we will be in touch. Many many thanks!
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