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Great Bear Lodge Adventure

8

days

starting from US $3,440per person

Star Rating 5

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Sample Itinerary

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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.

Overnight in Vancouver.


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 stunning ocean vistas and 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 Port Hardy hotel. Be sure to get lots of rest, tomorrow your Great Bear Lodge experience begins.

Overnight in Port Hardy.


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 to assist with your transfer to the 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. In the late afternoon your first wildlife viewing session begins. 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.

Overnight at the Great Bear Lodge.

Days 5 to 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.

Overnight at the Great Bear Lodge.

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 fishing community.

Overnight in Port Hardy.

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.

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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...

Accommodations:
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Vancouver at a 4 star hotel
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Port Hardy at a 3 star hotel
• 3 nights accommodation at Great Bear Lodge with private bathroom and shared shower facilities

Vancouver Experiences:
• Vancouver North Shore Tour

Bear Lodge Experiences:
• Welcome orientation briefing at lodge
• Wildlife biologist guide
• Evening interpretative program
• Bear viewing trips, and additional guided activities such as rainforest walks or boat tours

Meal Inclusions:
• Full board meals while at the Great Bear Lodge, including wine and beer

Transfer Inclusions:
• Private airport transfer from Vancouver Airport to Vancouver hotel
• 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 at the Great Bear Lodge

Other Inclusions:
• Great Bear Lodge provides rain ponchos and rubber boots, if necessary
• First Nation fee
• BC Provincial Bear Viewing License Fee
• Brown Bear Research Network contribution
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
• Gratuities for staff at Great Bear Lodge
• 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.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Vancouver North Shore tour is not available on the October 10 and 13 departure dates.

Not Included
• 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.

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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 Vancouver Trip Start Dates*
September 16, 19, 22, 25*, 28*
October 1, 4, 7, 10*, 13*

2019 Vancouver Trip Start Dates
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 on these dates.

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 $3,440to US $5,389per 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 you'll 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

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

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.

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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

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).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

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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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian travel experience in 2019? By booking early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, the best hotel accommodations, unique tours, and spectacular train journeys.

Plus, for bookings made before October 31, you'll receive our 2019 Early Bird Booking Bonus, including one free night paired with a unique Canadian experience.

Add a free night in Vancouver, and enjoy one of the following:

  • A spectacular float plane tour over the Coastal Mountains and city
  • Foodie tour of Vancouver's finest eateries
  • Sightseeing tour including stunning Sea to Sky Gondola

Add a free night in Banff, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Evening Wildlife Safari
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  • Guided canoe tour along the Bow River

Add a free night in Toronto, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Food tour to discover Toronto's unique culinary culture
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Add a free night in Montreal, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Scenic St. Lawrence River Cruise
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Add a free night in Halifax, and enjoy one of the following:

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Our Early Bird Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on October 31. The team at Fresh Tracks Canada is standing by to help bring your dream Canadian vacation to life – contact us to book your trip now.

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And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before October 31, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
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  • Soar above the snowy Coastal Mountains of Vancouver, on a spectacular float plane tour.

Email or call our friendly Vacation Advisors today, and they'll help you plan your perfect winter experience. And remember, our Winter Wonderland Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on October 31st, 2018.

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Now is the ideal time to book your trip, while space is still available. By booking now, you can also take advantage of our Christmas Special Offer.

Book a Christmas in the Canadian Rockies vacation before October 31, and you'll receive a $50 per person Fairmont Resorts Gift Card, to use towards additional Christmas activities on your trip. Use your Gift Card for stocking decorating, an Ice Bar Experience, Gingerbread House decorating, and more at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel.

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