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Great Bear Experience

Vancouver Return
6 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: STOGB6
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Meet Like Minded People

Get to know like minded people during your Great Bear Experience.

World-Class Bear-Viewing

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

Port Hardy Stay

Take a seaplane flight to Port Hardy for an overnight stay and exploration at leisure.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Tipping included at Great Bear Lodge
  • A wide range of escorted wilderness excursions
  • Locally-inspired dining - a total of 11 meals
  • One night at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
  • Flights between Vancouver and Port Hardy, as well as seaplane transfers

Map & Itinerary

Great Bear Experience STOGB6 Map 2020
Vancouver Return

On arrival at the airport, be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight is at leisure.

Stay: Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Welcome to the beginning of your bear-viewing adventure. Fly from Vancouver to Port Hardy and board a seaplane flight over Queen Charlotte Strait to Great Bear Lodge. Your floating oasis in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest is just about as remote as they come. With just a handful of guests at any given time, this is one of the few places on Earth where bears actually outnumber humans. Your experience begins in the late afternoon when biologist guides take you by boat to the most densely-populated parts of the forest. Survey your surroundings for that tell-tale rustling, and learn about the rare ecosystem and grizzly bear body language. Back at the lodge and 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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

With the sun rising in the sky, so too do you. Head out early in search of grizzly bears. Although grizzlies are without a doubt the star of the show here, Great Bear Rainforest is also home to other fascinating creatures, including wolves, bald eagles, cougars and ever-adorable pine martens. In the glacier-fed waters, river otters can also be found among the salmon. After lunch, your guide will join you again for further exploration. You might like to set off on the popular interpretive rainforest walk, where bear signs and the ecology of the area are explained in detail. Return to the lodge and enjoy some time to relax. Later on, the group will rejoin, and you’ll head out into the wilderness for some more possible bear sightings together, before being back well and truly in time for dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Brown bear mother with her cubs

Though this may be your last day at the lodge, it’s by no means any less exciting. Spring is when grizzlies stumble out from hibernation for mating season, so activity levels are generally high. And it’s also the perfect time for birdwatching as the estuary is bursting with winged friends. Summer sees seal pups becoming familiar with their home, and grizzlies graze and forage for berries. And in Autumn, wild salmon appear in the tens of thousands. No matter what time of year, you can take it all in with explorations around the islands and long fjords. Otherwise, you might opt to stay ashore, watching for wildlife between mountains and old-growth timber forests. Between your bear viewing sessions, your guides may take you to explore the glacier-carved inlet. Or, you might prefer to just relax at the lodge.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

You can’t leave without saying goodbye. Set off on a final bear viewing excursion this morning before a seaplane takes you back to Port Hardy.

Stay: Port Hardy, Quarterdeck Inn

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport to board your flight back to Vancouver.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Bear to Human Ratio

With just a handful of guests at any time, Great Bear Lodge is home to more bears than humans.

Wilderness-Inspired Cuisine

Inspired by the wilderness around your residence, all meals celebrate the region.

Great Bear Lodge

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

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home