Priced from $2,950 CAD Days: 4 to 7
Book 2018 starting April, 3, 2017--don't wait -- the best dates go fast!
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 Bear The 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.
Priced from $5,575 CAD Days: 8-9
$100 off until February 14, 2018
We are offering three ways to see the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia in 2018 on our Quest for the Spirit Bear. This is a richly biodiverse region that is home to black bears, grizzly bears, Orca whales, humpback whales, eagles, ravens, wolves, salmon, beavers, deer, and wolverines. It is also the only place on Earth where the elusive Spirit Bear lives. The Spirit Bear, or Kermode, is a black bear with a rare genetic mutation that makes its fur translucent white. The local First Nations people of the region, who serve as guides on this trip, consider the Spirit Bear to be sacred. One of the Tsimshians' myths says that "Raven made one in every ten bears white to remind the people of the time when glaciers covered this land."
Check out our Spirit Bear Lodge of the Great Bear Rainforest tour!
On this truly unique 8 - 9 day trip, we explore the inlets, bays, estuaries and old-growth forest aboard a 68' ketch or the new motor yacht MV Island Solitude 82', as well as by kayak and on foot. Our knowledgeable captain and local guides will take us to the areas where we are most likely to spot wildlife, including the Spirit Bear.
We hike the cathedral-like old growth forest, where trees are so large it takes sixteen people to encircle their trunks. We kayak in the crystal clear waters full of huge star fish, we float along the largest kelp forests in the world, we duck under water falls from glaciers, and we spot ancient First Nations carvings tucked into the trees along the shore. We visit a bear stand inland at the mouth of a river, where we have opportunities for some of the best wildlife photography in the world.
Aboard our sailboat, whales often follow our boat playfully. "I have looked into the blow hole of a humpback," says International Wildlife Adventures Director Susie Green. "This trip is so moving it makes grown men sob in awe and wonder."
Read Susie Green's blog of her recent Spirit Bear cruise
See pictures from other travelers: Spirit Bear trip pictures