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Great Bear Experience

Vancouver Return
5 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: STOGB5
  • Remote Journey
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

World-Class Bear-Viewing

Great Bear Rainforest is one of the world's finest places in which to view grizzly bears in the wild.

Wilderness-inspired Cuisine

Gourmet menus are brought to life by seasonal ingredients sourced from the land surrounding the property.

Interpretive Rainforest Walk

Get remarkably close to bears as you explore the heart of Canada's remote Great Bear Rainforest with naturalist guides.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Flights between Vancouver and Port Hardy, as well as seaplane transfers
  • Three nights at Great Bear Lodge with six bear-viewing excursions
  • Overnight stay in Port Hardy at the Quarterdeck Inn
  • Tipping included at Great Bear Lodge

Map & Itinerary

North America Map STOGB5 2019
Vancouver Return

Your bear-viewing adventure begins as you fly from Vancouver to Port Hardy. Here, board a seaplane and fly over Queen Charlotte Strait to Great Bear Lodge, a vast and remote floating oasis located in a region known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Accommodating very few guests, this is one of the few places on Earth where bears outnumber humans. Your grizzly bear experience begins in the late afternoon. Based on where the bears have been most active recently, your biologist guides will take you by boat to the estuary viewing sites or lead you to the river viewing sites. While you survey your surroundings for that tell-tale rustling, your guides will share information about the ecosystem and grizzly bear body language. Viewing sessions typically last for three hours and are not at all strenuous. Whether you’re floating silently along the banks of the estuary, huddled in a rainforest-enveloped viewing blind or following tracks along a wilderness trail, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of glimpsing your first bear as it emerges from within the dense forest. Back at your lodge, wilderness-style gourmet meals await. This evening after dinner, enjoy a presentation explaining the interaction of grizzly bears within this environment.

Stay: Three Nights, Great Bear Lodge in a private room

Daily :
  • Dinner

Rise at dawn and head out again to search for grizzly bears. Although grizzlies are without a doubt the star of the show, Great Bear Rainforest is also home to a range of other fascinating creatures thanks to its ancient old-growth timber habitats. Wolves, bears, cougars and ever-adorable pine martens are found in the forest, while bald eagles watch from the sky. In the glacier-fed waters, meanwhile, river otters duck and dive for spawning salmon. After lunch, you’ll set out to explore the area with a knowledgeable guide. A popular activity is the interpretive rainforest walk, during which bear signs and the ecology of the area are explained in detail. Afterwards, return to the lodge and enjoy some time to relax - perhaps you might like to unwind in front of the fireplace with a book from the natural history library or recline on the deck with a drink, enjoying the sounds of the rainforest. Later, rejoin your group and head out into the wilderness on your afternoon bear viewing session.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Having already spent two nights at the lodge, you will have well and truly settled in to the rhythm of life in the remote British Columbian wilderness. On your final day, you’ll once again descend into Great Bear Rainforest on morning and afternoon excursions. You may head out to explore the islands and long fjords, or stay ashore watching for wildlife between mountains and ancient old-growth timber forest. Between your bear viewing sessions, your guides may take you to explore the glacier-carved inlet, alive with silvery flashes of salmon. Or, you may prefer to relax and soak up your last few moments of tranquillity at the lodge.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Embark on your final bear viewing session this morning. Take lunch back at the lodge, then transfer by seaplane to Port Hardy, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Stay: Port Hardy, Quarterdeck Inn

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Transfer to Port Hardy and fly back to Vancouver where your journey concludes.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Great Bear Lodge

Accessed only by seaplane your floating lodge is nestled in British Columbia's eight million-acre Great Bear Rainforest.

Seaplane Flight to the Lodge

Fly over the waters of Queen Charlotte Strait, home to orca, gray and humpback whales.

Discover Port Hardy

Overnight in Port Hardy at the remote and rugged northern tip of British Columbia's Vancouver Island.

We had the most brilliant holiday with APT. Everything was organised to perfection. The tour Director was awesome. The itinerary was the best we found. Nil complaints what so ever.