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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 $1,835 CAD    Nights: 3 to 7

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 3 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.

 

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Sample itinerary for 3 to 7 night packages:

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 boat shuttle over to Shearwater Resort and Marina for your overnight.  Guests are on their own for dinner and will have time to explore the area.

Day 2: After breakfast on your own at the reosrt, you will be meet at the dock for the 90 minute boat transfer to the beautiful Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu which is nestled along fjords in the Great Bear Rainforest.  After orientation, grab your camera gear to head out on your first excursion in search of whales and grizzly bears.  We return nightly at 6:00 PM for a buffet dinner. Evening presentation on aspects of the Great Bear Rainforest and First Nations culture. All meals included while at the Spirit Bear Lodge on all packages.

Day 3: After 7AM breakfast, we head back out for a full day excursion into Mussel Inlet where we will go by foot into the estuary watching for grizzly bears, wolves, eagles and shore birds. We pack our lunch to take with us and return in time for the evening dinner daily.

Day 4: For those departing on the 3N package, you will have time to do a paddle in kayaks along the pristine shore of Klemtu, or another quiet and peaceful rainforest walk or a cultural tour before the 90 minute boat ride back to Bella Bella in time for the flight to Vancouver. B (L,D for those remaining on a longer trip)

Guests remaining on a 4N package will have a day option of whale watching for humpbacks or Orcas or an extended cultural and natural history tour. 

Day 5, 6 or 7: Breakfast is served. Guests that are remaining for 5, 6 or 7 night packages, can choose from an array of optional areas to visit of either wildlife or cultural orientation.  The options will be:

  • Half day tour of Kitasoo salmon hatchery facility where Sockeye, Chum and Coho are reared.
  • Kitasu Hill excursion located in Milbanke Sound where the best preserved valcano basaltic cinder cone is located.
  • Kitasu Bay beach combing and exploring the Great Bear Rainforest nearby.
  • Humpback whale trips in Fimlayson Channel (seasonal)
  • Day trip to Dis'ju Historic Long House site, now abandoned--UNESCO World Heritage candidate.
  • Spirit Bear quest in the Spirit Bear Conservancy or areas on Princess Royal Island
  • Full day Spirit Bear quest to Canoona River area.
  • More grizzly bear viewing at Carter Bay or Green River.

Day 6, 7 or 8: Depending on the length of your trip, you will depart after breakfast and if time permits a kayak paddle, walk in the old growth forest or a visit to the cultural center.  The 90 minute boat ride will take you 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.

 

Spirit Bear Lodge 2015

(pricing in Canadian $)

Low Season

June 1-July 31, 2015          

 3 nights  

 4 nights  

 5 nights  

 6 nights  

 7 nights  

Double

$2,290

$2,910

$3,530

$4,150

$4,765

Single

$3,435

$4,365

$5,295

$6,225

$7,150

Triple

$2,065

$2,620

$3,180

$3,735

$4,290

Quad

$1,835

$2,330

$2,825

$3,320

$3,815

Child (12 to 16)

$1,375

$1,750

$2,120

$2,490

$2,860

 Shoulder Season

August 1 - 28, 2015             

 3 nights  

 4 nights  

 5 nights  

 6 nights  

 7 nights  

Double

$2,445

$3,155

$3,930

$4,780

$5,565

Single

$3,670

$4,735

$5,895

$7,170

$8,350

Triple

$2,205

$2,840

$3,540

$4,305

$5,010

Quad

$1,960

$2,525

$3,145

$3,825

$4,455

Child (12 to 16)

$1,470

$1,895

$2,360

$2,870

$3,340

High Season

August 29-October 9, 2015           

 3 nights  

 4 nights  

 5 nights  

 6 nights  

 7 nights  

Double

$2,695

$3,480

$4,340

$5,200

$6,060

Single

$4,045

$5,245

$6,605

$7,960

$9,320

Triple

$2,430

$3,030

$3,805

$4,580

$5,355

Quad

$2,160

$2,785

$3,475

$4,160

$4,850

Child (12 to 16)

$1,620

$2,090

$2,605

$3,120

$3,640

Rates are person based on double occpuancy.

Total nights includes one night at Rosie's B&B on Day 1.

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 or 4 night package:

  • All trips include round trip airfare from South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport to Bella Bella continuing on to the boat shuttle to Shearwater
  • Day 1 night accommodation at Rosie's B &B in Shearwater
  • Scenic boat trip to Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu watching for whales along the route
  • 2 or 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 lunch on Day 2 during your stay
  • Guided tours into all areas by boat
  • Half-day afternoon grizzly bear viewing tour on arrival day
  • Full day excursion(s) to main grizzly 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
  • Guests remaining on for the 4 night package have the following additional options:
    • Whale watching for Humpback Whales or Orcas in season
    • Walking tour of cultural and natural history areas
  • Evening Big House interpretive tour with local First Nations leaders
  • After dinner evening guide presentations or slide show
  • User fee for Coastal Watchman Program

 

Included in 5, 6, or 7 night package:

  • All trips include round trip airfare from South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport to Bella Bella continuing on to the boat shuttle to Shearwater
  • Day 1 night accommodation at Rosie's B&B in Shearwater
  • 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 lunch on Day 2 during your stay
  • Guided tours into all areas by boat
  • On day of arrival there is an afternoon excursion to bear viewing
  • 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 beach combing 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 (5%)
  • Gratuities for staff suggested of $20 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

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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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