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Great Bear Lodge Adventure



starting from US $3,240per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(3 reviews)

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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.

Common Questions

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What Clients Say

We saw spirit bears

We saw spirit bears

Star Rating 5

Look what we saw today - spirit bears!

What's Included

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

• 2 nights superior hotel accommodation in Vancouver
• 2 nights standard hotel accommodation in Port Hardy
• 3 nights accommodation at Great Bear Lodge (with private bathroom and ensuite shower)

Tour Inclusions:
• Vancouver North Shore tour
• Bear viewing trips at the lodge, as well as additional guided activities such as rainforest walks or boat tours

Meal Inclusions:
• Full board meals while at the Great Bear Lodge

Transfer Inclusions:
• Private airport transfer from Vancouver Airport to Vancouver hotel, including meet & greet
• Private airport transfer from Vancouver hotel to South Terminal for flight to Port Hardy
• Roundtrip air between Vancouver and Port Hardy
• Return transfers between Port Hardy and the Great Bear Lodge (by float plane)
• All transportation to bear watching sites

Other Inclusions:
• Welcome orientation briefing at lodge
• Wildlife biologist guide
• Evening interpretative program at the lodge
• Rain ponchos and rubber boots, if necessary
• First Nation fee
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Vancouver North Shore tour is not available on the October 10 and 13 departure dates.


Not Included

• Gratuities for tour guides and staff
• 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, British Columbia, at an outstanding wildlife viewing location. This is a place of spectacular beauty where one can still find the silence and solitude of true wilderness. The charming, wind and solar powered floating lodge has eight bedrooms. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from our wildlife biologists.Natural wood decks surround the lodge, a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the beauty of the scenery. Gourmet meals in the dining room are made from fresh, often organic, local ingredients.

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.


Trip Start Dates

2018 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*

* Vancouver North Shore tour is not operating

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $3,240to US $5,152per 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.

What we love about this trip

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

Grizzly bear viewing

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

Boat trips to see the bears

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Get help with planning your trip
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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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