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Great Bear Lodge Adventure

8

days

starting from US $3,449per person

Star Rating 5

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Today you arrive in the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver. Surrounded by mountains, ocean and forest, Vancouver is one of a kind. Tonight you settle into a welcoming Vancouver hotel; the comfortable atmosphere, welcoming staff and beautiful views make for a great first night.

Day 2 – Vancouver
You have a full day to explore Vancouver. Included is a small group tour, to explore Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore, where you’ll see beautiful ocean vistas and stunning old growth rainforest. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3 Vancouver to Port Hardy
This morning you will be taken by private transfer to Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal for your flight to Port Hardy. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of British Columbia’s rugged coast line on your journey to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Upon arrival make your way to your charming Port Hardy hotel. Be sure to get lots of rest, tomorrow your Great Bear Lodge experience begins.

Day 4 – Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge
Leave the noise and distractions of modern life behind, today you welcome the relaxation and silence of the remote wilderness. Your friendly guide meets you this morning to assist with your transfer to Great Bear Lodge. Board your seaplane for your first adventure; the views of Queen Charlotte Strait and the central coast are breathtaking.

Your friendly hosts are waiting to welcome you to the lodge and show you to your private room. After a late lunch, it’s time for your first wildlife viewing session. It’s nearly impossible to describe seeing your first grizzly bear; breathtaking, thrilling and humbling all in one moment.

This evening you’re served a fresh gourmet meal prepared with the best local produce and seafood available; enjoy complimentary wine or beer with your meal. Learn where the grizzly bear fits into the local ecosystem before relaxing by the fire and enjoying the sounds of the forest.

Days 5 & 6 – Great Bear Lodge
The Great Bear Lodge promotes low-impact eco-tourism by using wind and solar power, taking special care not to disturb the bears or their environment.

Scheduled morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions coincide with times when the bears are the most active. Accompanied by an experienced wildlife biologist, observe bears roaming freely in their natural habitat as you cruise by boat through nearby estuaries or watch from specially designed viewing areas.

Keep a close eye for other wildlife such as wolves, otters, bald eagles, black bears, pine martins and mink. Daily guided activities, such as boat cruises and a popular interpretative rainforest walk, are offered between morning and afternoon viewing excursions - and a delicious brunch awaits you back at the lodge.

If you travel in late summer and fall you’ll witness the incredible sight of thousands of migrating salmon from a series of enclosed viewing stands along the river. Watch as the grizzlies hunt for fish in preparation for their coming hibernation.

Day 7 – Great Bear Lodge to Port Hardy
This morning you go out on your final bear watching session. Be sure to bring your camera along for those last great photos! Return to the lodge for a farewell brunch before boarding your seaplane for your journey back to Port Hardy. Enjoy another evening in this charming town.

Day 8 – Port Hardy to Vancouver – Depart with Fond Memories
This morning, return south to Vancouver to connect with your flight home. Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your vacation comes to an end.

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• Private airport transfer from Vancouver Airport to Vancouver hotel, including meet & greet
• 2 nights superior hotel accommodation in Vancouver
• Vancouver North Shore tour
• 2 nights standard hotel accommodation in Port Hardy
• 3 nights accommodation at Great Bear Lodge (with private bathroom and ensuite shower)
• Private airport transfer from Vancouver hotel to South Terminal for flight to Port Hardy
• Full board meals while at the Great Bear Lodge
• Roundtrip air between Vancouver and Port Hardy
• Return transfers between Port Hardy and the Great Bear Lodge (by float plane)
• Welcome orientation briefing at lodge
• All transportation to bearwatching sites
• Wildlife biologist guide
• Evening interpretative program
• Bear Viewing trips, as well as additional guided activities such as rainforest walks or boat tours
• Rain ponchos and rubber boots, if necessary
• First Nation fee

 

Not Included

• Gratuities
• Canadian sales taxes
• Trip Cancellation & Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• Airfare from your home to Vancouver
• Meals, except at the Great Bear Lodge

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• Additional activity packages include extra bear viewing trips, and one of the following daily activities: guided hiking or boat cruise
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive Vancouver Island with stops in Victoria, Parksville or Campbell River, up to Port Hardy for your bear viewing adventure
• Add on a trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite

Accommodation Options

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.

Great Bear Lodge - The Great Bear Lodge is a unique floating wilderness lodgeGreat Bear Lodge - The floating lodge is surrounded by spectacular sceneryGreat Bear Lodge - The lodge offers spacious rooms with ensuite bathroomGreat Bear Lodge - The common area, used for natural history presentations

Great Bear Lodge

An example of our Floating Lodge accommodations

Great Bear Lodge is located 50 air miles from Port Hardy, BC and is a fully self-contained floating lodge with outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. From the lodge, guests undertake daily grizzly bear viewing tours. The lodge has eight bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom and shower. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations. The lodge is wind and solar powered and committed to low-impact eco-tourism. Guests can relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while admiring the beautiful scenery.

Sutton Place Hotel - Sutton Place ExteriorSutton Place Hotel - Hotel LobbySutton Place Hotel - Hotel Dining RoomSutton Place Hotel - Sutton RoomSutton Place Hotel - Indoor Pool

Sutton Place Hotel

An example of our Superior accommodations

This elegant hotel is located in a prime location in downtown Vancouver, offering easy access to restaurants and shopping. You can soak up the chic atmosphere and enjoy the spa, sauna, fitness center and pool.

 

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Prices & Dates

2017 Dates starting in Vancouver
May 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
June 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
July 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
August 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
September 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25*, 28*
October 1*, 4*, 7*, 10*, 13*
*Peak & Canyon Tour is not operating

Price notes for Canada vacation packages
• Prices per person
• Double means two people sharing a room

• Minimum age for trip is 15
Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $3,449to US $5,378per 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

• Gratuities
• Canadian sales taxes
• Trip Cancellation & Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• Airfare from your home to Vancouver
• Meals, except at the Great Bear Lodge

What we love about this trip

Pristine rain forest - one of British Columbia's truly magical places

Grizzly bear viewing

Soaring old-growth forest - nature hikes and bear watching program

Boat trips to see the bears

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Discover the magnificent Canadian grizzly bear at Great Bear Lodge, a secluded floating lodge in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, located 80 kilometers from Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, only accessible by a floatplane or boat. Enjoy daily guided activities, such as boat cruises and interpretive rainforest walks. There are many native species to admire, including grizzly and black bears, wolves, otters, bald eagles and many others. This unique wilderness lodge offers impeccable service, gourmet food and stunning views.

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Port Hardy 3 nights Lodge 1 night Port Hardy Depart Vancouver

Great Bear Lodge Adventure – Map Visitors experience walking over the Capilano Suspension bridge in Vancouver Passengers ride the Grouse Mountain gondola with views of Vancouver far below A float plane lands in a lake at the Great Bear Lodge A whale can be seen in front of the floating Great Bear Lodge in Port Hardy Two young grizzly bears play in a river Passengers on a boat watch an adult grizzly bear on the riverbank Rustic bedroom inside the Great Bear Lodge
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We saw spirit bears

Star Rating 5
October 2, 2014

Look what we saw today - spirit bears!

I always recommend Fresh Tracks to others as you give a fantastic, reliable, exceptional service.

Star Rating 5
October 2, 2014

In a 'nut shell' we had another wonderful ,exciting time in Canada and yes we are planning another trip, probably 2016, for the east coast. Looking for another active and eye popping holiday. So glad we did this active tour and... read more we added extra days, it would have been rushed if we had not. We felt we had enough days to fully experience all that was on offer. The itinerary and instructions  were very exact. So helpful as we referred to it every day. We appreciate the effort that was taken to make our holiday happen. Loved all the activities, the best would be the heli-hike, what an experience! Really enjoyed every one. As the rafting was cancelled, we did the horse trek with the 'cowboy and cook out', it was great fun and we would recommend it. We would recommend the Spirit Bear Lodge. Just what we expected and obviously sighting the bears was the icing on the cake. Experiencing the culture of the Kitasoo was a real bonus. Listening to the Elders, who were also guides and skippers, singing in the main dining room on a stormy day was ever so special. We had a few 'hick ups' and thanks to Sarah they were fixed quickly. Our lake view room at Lake Louise was just breath taking and thanks to all for fixing out that problem with the accommodation. We have so many precious memories of our holiday, too many to mention, and I would like to say a special thank you to you and  Sarah for making it all happen. When I have the opportunity  to do so, I always recommend Fresh Tracks to others as you give a fantastic, reliable, exceptional service.

Out of this world

Star Rating 5
February 27, 2012

We have returned from our vacation having had a most fantastic time. Everything worked well and the hotels got better and better as the trip went on. Knight Landing was literally out of this world. Thanks to you for advising us... read more and arranging the trip so effectively.

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