In Search of the Spirit Bear in the Great Bear Rainforest
Length Dates Route Price (CAD)
Length: 4 nights / 5 days Dates: June 1 – October 7, 2016 (September 2016 dates are sold out) Route: Vancouver - Klemtu - Vancouver Price (CAD): From $3,510+ per person (based on double occupancy)
The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is the largest piece of intact temperate rainforest in the world. Towering forested mountains give way to richly diverse river valleys and estuaries teaming with sea life. The area is home to eagles, wolves, cougars, grizzly bears, black bears and the elusive Spirit Bear – one of the great preserves of wild animals in the northern hemisphere.
Spirit Bear Lodge is on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, which is home to orca and humpback whales that hunt and forage in the complex of fjords and channels. This trip is an exclusive chance to discover the elusive Spirit Bear.
The Kitasoo/Xai-Xai people share their ancient homeland with the Spirit Bear. According to legend, the local people believe that raven made one out of every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered their territory so they can be grateful for the lush and bountiful land of today. They believe the Spirit Bear holds supernatural powers.
The Kitasoo/Xai-Xai people have lived in harmony with the creatures around them since time immemorial. They will share the secrets of their land and tell stories from their ancestors so you will see the world of the Great Bear Rainforest through their eyes.
Day 1 Arrive in Klemtu
In the morning, depart Vancouver on Pacific Coastal Airlines to Bella Bella followed by a shuttle transfer to the boat dock. The Spirit Bear Lodge water taxi will pick you up at the dock for the scenic 90-minute boat ride to Klemtu and Spirit Bear Lodge.
After check-in and a brief orientation, relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Great Bear Rainforest. You are here! In the evening you will enjoy a buffet dinner and a briefing for the next day’s activities, as well as a presentation on coastal ecology.
Included: Flight from Vancouver to Bella Bella, Transfers, Spirit Bear Lodge, Dinner
Day 2 Klemtu
After an early breakfast you board the touring boat by 8am with a packed lunch for the ride to Mussel, Kynoch or Khutze Rivers where you disembark for a full day grizzly viewing adventure on foot in the estuary. The tour returns to the lodge by 6pm for cocktails and appetizers, followed by dinner and an evening interpretive program or slideshow.
Included: Spirit Bear Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bear-viewing Excursion, Interpretive Program
Day 3-4 Klemtu
After an early breakfast you board the touring boat at 8am and depart for a full day special Spirit Bear quest to one of the pristine valleys in the Spirit Bear conservancy to view one of the elusive creatures.
The guide will take you to hidden observation points that provide the opportunity to see these magnificent bears eat and socialize in their natural environment. The touring for the day ends with the return to the lodge in late afternoon.
Included: Spirit Bear Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bear-viewing Excursion
Day 5 Depart Klemtu
After breakfast, you have a choice of guided excursions including a morning sea kayak paddle along the shores south of Klemtu, a rainforest walk, a grizzly tracking tour, or a cultural tour. After an early lunch, you will board the water taxi at 11am for the 90-minute trip to Bella Bella, arriving in time to take a Pacific Coastal Airlines afternoon flight back to Vancouver. You arrive in Vancouver where your tour comes to an end.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Transfers, Flight from Bella Bella to Vancouver
- From $3,510+ per person† (based on double occupancy)
Overview of Inclusions:
- Accommodation for 4 nights at Spirit Bear Lodge
- Flights between Vancouver South Terminal and Bella Bella
- Ground transfers aboard 15 passenger Starr Taxi Service vans from Bella Bella Airport to Bella Bella dock (10 minutes)
- Return water taxi transportation from Bella Bella to Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu (90 minutes)
- Meals: Starting with Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on the last day
- Table wine with dinner
- Guided full and half day bear watching excursions including transfers
- Guided additional activities: kayaking, cultural site tours, walking and beachcombing tours, volcano tours
- Evening big house interpretive tour
- Evening guide presentation/slide show
- Coastal watchman program user fee
† Price is in Canadian Dollars. Price is per person, based on two people sharing. The price is for orientation and reference purposes only. The final price of this package will be confirmed upon receiving your request.