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Spirit Bear Lodge of the Great Bear Rainforest

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See the Spirit Bear on our lodge-based tour! See the Spirit Bear on our lodge-based tour!

Priced from $2,890 CAD    Nights: 3 to 6

Spirit Bear Lodge lies in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada the largest stretch of temperate rainforest remaining on the planet. This rich and lush region of bio-diversity is home to grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves. Off shore, pods of orcas and humpback whales live in the crystal clear, cold waters of the region's countless fjords and inlets. Rivers and streams teem with salmon, and eagles soar overhead.

Another way to see the Spirit Bear and coastal Great Bear Rainforest is by sailboat. Click here for details:Quest for the Spirit BearThe Great Bear Rainforest is also home of the elusive, white Spirit Bear, a black bear with a rare genetic mutation. Local Tsimshian legend says that "Raven made one in every ten bears white to remind the people of the time when glaciers covered this land."

The shy Spirit Bear is the namesake of Spirit Bear Lodge, which lies 280 nautical miles north of Vancouver in the tiny, remote fishing village of Klemtu. The small, protected islands surrounding the area provide excellent access to the vast wilderness. The lodge is owned and operated by the local First Nations people, and your guides, many of whom were born and raised in Klemtu, will introduce you to the very best places for wildlife viewing, including the limited access Spirit Bear Conservancy.

We offer trips from June through mid-October, ranging from 4 to 7 days. For the most rewarding wildlife viewing opportunities, we highly recommend a trip at least 5 days long. Also, for the best chances of seeing the elusive Spirit Bear, plan your trip for September or October, when the salmon are running, and the bears come out of the woods for the feast.

Questions? Call us at 1-800-808-4492 (US & Canada)

1-206-463-1943 (Worldwide, M-F, 8:30-5 PST)


 

  • Itinerary
  • Date - Rates
  • Lodging
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Itinerary:

Sample itinerary for 4 night package:

Day 1: Guests depart South Terminal of Vancouver International Airport on Pacific Coastal Airline's scheduled 2 hour flight to Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. On arrival, guests are met and transferred to the dock for a 90 minute water taxi journey to Klemtu and Spirit Bear Lodge, nestled among the fjords in the Great Bear Rainforest. Buffet dinner at 7:00 pm, followed by activity briefing and evening presentation on coastal ecology.

Day 2: After breakfast, meet on the dock at 8:00 am for a full day of bear viewing at one of our main grizzly estuaries.  We are surrounded by awe striking natural beauty, including some spectacular waterfalls at Carter Inlet.  We return nightly at 6:00 PM for a buffet dinner at 7 pm. Evening presentation is on various aspects of the Great Bear Rainforest and First Nations culture.

Day 3: After 7 am breakfast, we head back out on the water, traveling to one of our Spirit Bear rivers for exploration by foot, where we watch for grizzly bears, wolves, eagles and shore birds. We pack our lunch to take with us and return in time for the evening dinner.

Day 4:  Choose from one of the following options:

  • Spirit Quest to one of the pristine valleys in the Spirit Bear Conservancy
  • Humpback whale trips in Fimlayson Channel (seasonal)
  • Day trip to Dis'ju Historic Long House site, now abandoned--UNESCO World Heritage candidate.
  • Full day Spirit Bear quest to Canoona River area.
  • More grizzly bear viewing in the Fiordland Recreation Area
  • Sea kayaking day trip

Day 5: After breakfast, your have your choice of a morning sea kayak paddle along the shores of Klemtu, rainforest walk, or cultural tour.  At 11:00 am, board our water taxi for the 90 minute trip back to Bella Bella in time for your flight to Vancouver and on home.

Please keep in mind this is a sample itinerary only and each day's excursions will be determined daily on previous wildlife sightings, personal interest and weather. Guests staying for 5 or 6 nights will be able to choose additional activies as offered on Day 4. Guests staying for 3 nights will have one less day of activities.

Date - Rates:

Spirit Bear Lodge 2016

(pricing in Canadian $)

Low Season

June 1-July 31, 2016         

 3N/4D    

 4N/5D  

 5N/6D   

 6N/7D   

Double

$2,890

$3,510

$4,130

$4,745

Single

$4,315

$5,235

$6,175

$7,100

Triple

$2,585

$3,140

$3,700

$4,255

Child (12 to 16)

$1,735

$2,110

$2,480

$2,850

 Shoulder Season

August 1 - 28, 2016            

 3N/4D   

 4N/5D    

 5N/6D    

 6N/7D   

Double

$3,135

$3,910

$4.760

$5,545

Single

$4,685

$5,845

$7,120

$8,300

Triple

$2,805

$3,500

$4,265

$4,975

Child (12 to 16)

$1,885

$2,350

$2,860

$3.330

High Season

August 29-October 10, 2016         

 3N/4D     

 4N/5D    

 5N/6D    

 6N/7D    

Double

$3,460

$4,320

$5,180

$6,040

Single

$5,225

$6,585

$7.940

$9,305

Triple

$3,010

$3,785

$4,560

$5,335

Child (12 to 16)

$2.080

$2,595

$3,110

$3,625

Strong US Dollar translates to 20% or more savings!Because of the current exchange rates between the US and Canadian dollars, the US Dollar price for these trips is at least 20% less than the listed Canadian dollar price.  Call our office for a current quote. as it changes daily. Rates are person based on double occpuancy.  

Prices are in Canadian dollars per person plus tax of 5% for non-Canadian residents.

Deposit is $750 per person, non-refundable.

Included in 3 night package:

  • All trips include round trip airfare from South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport to Bella Bella, continuing on to Spirit Bear Lodge by water taxi
  • 3 nights accommodation in private ocean view room at Spirit Bear Lodge overlooking the water way where whales often pass by
  • Welcome to the Lodge and town of Klemtu and orientation to the tours
  • Spirit Bear Lodge is all inclusive of all meals and snacks starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 4
  • Guided tours into all areas by boat
  • Full day excursion(s) to main grizzly, black, and Spirit Bear viewing area
  • With time permitting, morning optional excursions on departure day:
    • Boat tour with native guide to cultural and natural history areas
    • Final visit into the quiet of the Great Bear Rainforest
    • Sea-kayak near the shores of Klemtu
  • Evening Big House interpretive tour with local First Nations leaders
  • Scenic boat trip to Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu watching for whales along the route
  • After dinner evening guide presentations or slide show
  • User fee for Coastal Watchman Program
  • Whale watching for Humpback Whales or Orcas in season 

Included in 4, 5, or 6 night package:

  • All trips include round trip airfare from South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport to Bella Bella continuing on to Spirit Bear Lodge by water taxi
  • Scenic boat trip to Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu watching for whales along the route
  • 4, 5 or 6 nights accommodation in private ocean view room at Spirit Bear Lodge overlooking the water way where whales often pass by
  • Welcome to the Lodge and town of Klemtu and orientation to the tours
  • Spirit Bear Lodge is all inclusive of all meals and snacks starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on your final day
  • Guided tours into all areas by boat
  • There are full day excursions to the main grizzly bear viewing areas on Mussell, Kynoch or Khutze River estuaries
  • You will have choices each day of the following:
    • Canoona River for a full day quest for the elusive Spirit Bear
    • If time and weather permit, a second quest for the elusive Spirit Bear will be offered  to other areas on Princess Royal Island and in the Spirit Bear Conservancy
    • In Carter Bay or Green River there is an additional full day excursion for grizzly viewing
    • Day trip to Dis'ju Historic Long House site, now abandoned--UNESCO World Heritage candidate.
    • Marine tour for humpback whale viewing (seasonal) in Finlayson Channel
    • Kitasu Hill excursion located in Milbanke Sound where the best preserved valcano basaltic cinder cone is located.
    • Kitasu Bay beachcombing and exploring.
    • Half day tour of Kitasoo salmon hatchery facility where Sockeye, Chum and Coho are reared.
  • If time permits there will be an additional half-day morning optional excursions on departure day:
    • Cultural and natural history sites interpretive boat tour
    • Final visit into the quiet of the Great Bear Rainforest
    • Sea-kayak near the shores of Klemtu
  • Evening Big House interpretive tour with local First Nations leaders
  • After dinner evening guide presentations or slide show
  • User fee for Coastal Watchman Program

Prices do not include:

  • Harmonized Sales Tax (2.5%)
  • Gratuities for staff suggested of $30 per day to go into a tip pool for the entire staff.
  • Personal items such as telephone, laundry, alcoholic beverages, except wine with dinner.

We highly recommend trip, cancellation medical evacuation insurance.  A quote will be given to you upon booking. Please call our office for details. 1.800.808.4492

Lodging:

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Spirit Bear Lodge sits on the waterfront of Swindle Island, where its 20 foot high windows provide spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding forest. Built in 2007, this contemporarily furnished small lodge features 12 rooms, including doubles, triples, and quads.

The exterior of the lodge is architecturally reminiscent of the traditional long houses of West Coast First Nations people.  Local Tsimshian art decorates the walls of the Great Room, a cozy gathering place with comfortable couches, two solid cedar dining tables, and pristine views. Each room in the Spirit Bear Lodge has a king sized bed and private bathroom, so you can return to absolute comfort after each day's exploration.

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