Spirit Bear Lodge

Spirit Bear Lodge

4 Days / 3 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver

Price from$3,700

Wildlife, Bear Watching Tours and Native Culture in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is quite simply the largest piece of intact temperate rainforest left on the planet. It is here in the Great Bear Rainforest that the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation has lived since time immemorial. They have shared the forest and the salmon with a very special creature they call Moskgm'ol (white bear).

It is only fitting then that Spirit Bear Lodge is situated in the small, remote Kitasoo/Xai'xais fishing village of Klemtu. Located 150 nautical miles by float plane north of Port Hardy and the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Klemtu is truly in the heart of the rainforest. Nestled in a remote archipelago of small islands and thus protected from the wild Pacific, Klemtu is centrally positioned to offer unparalleled access to some of the best grizzly and Spirit Bear viewing in the region.

Architecturally, the exterior of the Spirit Bear Lodge pays homage to the traditional long houses built for thousands of years by West Coast First Nations. Inside, the atmosphere is modern and relaxing. After a day of bear viewing, share stories with fellow guests in The Great Room; an intimate central room with comfy couches, 20-foot high, ocean view windows, local Tsimshian Art and two 12-foot, solid cedar dining tables. Gaze out towards the grey blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and watch for passing Orcas, White-Sided Dolphins and Sea Lions. Each room in the Spirit Bear Lodge is afforded with a King Size bed and private bathroom and takes full advantage of the ocean and rainforest views.

Grizzly bear viewing and the quest for the Spirit Bear. Opportunities to view the Grizzly bear are quite good as they move from early foraging for roots in the late Spring to savouring wild berries in the Summer before moving on to the great Fall feast during salmon spawning which runs from mid August to late October depending on the river system.

Day 1: Vancouver > Spirit Bear Lodge Depart Vancouver South Terminal on Pacific Coastal Airlines scheduled 2 hour afternoon service to Bella Bella. Arrive mid-afternoon and transfer to the boat dock to continue on for your 90 minute water taxi ride to Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu. Upon arrival you will receive a welcome orientation followed by dinner and an evening presentation on the coastal ecology.

Day 2: Spirit Bear Lodge After breakfast, meet at the dock and gear up for your first full day bear viewing adventure to one of the main grizzly viewing estuaries. See the spectacular waterfalls in Carter Inlet. Return early evening for dinner followed by an evening presentation of the Great Bear Rainforest, Bears or First Nations culture.

Day 3: Spirit Bear Lodge After breakfast, meet at the dock and gear up for another full day bear viewing adventure, this time on foot in one of the Spirit Bear Rivers. Return early evening for dinner followed by an evening program.

Day 4: Spirit Bear Lodge > Vancouver After breakfast, choice of morning sea-kayak paddle along the shores south of Klemtu, rain forest walk or cultural tour. Late morning, board the water taxi for your 90 minute trip to Bella Bella arriving in time to catch an afternoon flight back to Vancouver arriving early evening.

• Return airfare from Vancouver to Bella Bella and shuttle to Bella Bella dock • Round trip water taxi from Bella Bella dock to Lodge • 3 nights' accommodation at Spirit Bear Lodge • Welcome briefing and orientation • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks while at Spirit Bear Lodge beginning with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on final day • Professional guides services on all programmes • Day excursion and transportation to main grizzly viewing area • Evening guide presentation/slide show • Evening Big House interpretive tour • Half day morning optional excursions on departure day: Cultural and natural history sites; Black Bear Tracking • Extended cultural and natural history sites interpretive walking tour • Marine tour for Humpback whale viewing (seasonal) • Coastal Watchman Programme user fee

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2019

1 Jun - 31 Jul

1 Aug - 28 Aug

29 Aug - 7 Oct

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$3,700

$4,461

$4,937

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$5,522

$6,674

$7,443

Departs

2019 Departures Daily 1 Jun - 7 Oct

Booking conditions

• Prices for Triple share and Children(aged 12-16 years) available on request • Deposit of $800 per person required

Luggage Restrictions • Check-in baggage allowance is limited to two checked pieces at 23 kgs per bag per passenger • Cabin baggage is limited to one Standard Article (23cm x 40cm x 55cm) at 10kgs per passenger • Additional fees for any excess baggage

Flight Information 2019 1 Jun - 3 Sep Departures from Vancouver South Terminal Sunday to Friday 11:00 am Saturday 1:30 pm Arrival in Vancouver on last day Sunday to Friday 3:40 pm Saturday 6:00 pm 4 Sep - 10 Oct Departures from Vancouver South Terminal Sunday to Friday 1:30 pm Saturday 10:15 am Arrival in Vancouver on last day Monday and Thursday 5:10 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6:00 pm Saturday 3:05 pm Sunday 5:30 pm

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Not included

• Gratuities - recommended CAD 30.00 per day per guest