Spirit Bear Lodge

Enjoy your stay at the Spirit Bear Lodge. The lodge is in one of the most remote corners of BC and you will have the chance to relax and recharge from your busy schedule. Experience a vibrant culture, spectacular wildlife, stunning landscapes all while immersing yourself in true wilderness on a grand scale, deep in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Search for grizzly bears, black bears and spirit bears in pristine river valleys and forests while spotting whales, porpoise, sea lions and much more. Learn about the Kitasoo Xai’xais people who have called the Great Bear Rainforest home for thousands of years. Spirit Bear Lodge is Indigenous owned, offering exclusive access to wildlife viewing areas and cultural sites within the Kitasoo Xai’xais traditional territory.

Sample Itinerary

Please note: this is to give you a general idea of what to expect, each day is different and we assure you, each day is special.

Day One - Vancouver to Bella Bella to Klemtu

You will depart Vancouver South Terminal (free shuttle available from main terminal) on Pacific Coastal Airlines scheduled service flight to Bella Bella. The flight departs Vancouver at 08:25am and arrives in Bella Bella 09:45am.

You will be met at the airport and assisted with a van transfer to the Bella Bella town docks. A Spirit Bear Lodge boat will pick you up at the dock, this is where your adventure begins. Search for wildlife on the scenic boat ride to Klemtu and Spirit Bear Lodge for an afternoon arrival. After checking in, enjoy a late lunch and a welcome orientation, to prepare you for the days ahead. Following orientation you will be guided to the traditional Big House for a unique cultural experience. Return to the lodge for delicious appetizers and drinks followed by dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day Two, Three, Four, Five, Six - Great Bear Rainforest

After a 7am breakfast, meet on the dock at 8am for a day of adventure, activities may include: wildlife/bear viewing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing or a cultural site visit. You will visit estuaries, stunning inlets and see spectacular waterfalls. Return in time for appetizers and dinner. Your evening may include a presentation or cultural discussion.

Departure Day - Klemtu to Bella Bella to Vancouver

After breakfast, pack up and depart the lodge by 8am to enjoy a scenic boat ride to Bella Bella soaking in the serenity of the Great Bear Rainforest one last time. Arrive in Bella Bella in time to take a Pacific Coastal Airlines flight back to Vancouver. You arrive at Vancouver South Terminal.

Your flight will depart Bella Bella at 10:25am and arrives in Vancouver 11:45am

Price Includes

All accommodation and meals included from dinner on the first night and lunch on your departure day

Return airfare from Vancouver to Bella Bella

One checked baggage (max. 23 kg) per person

Ocean view rooms with private bathrooms

3, 4, and 7 nights packages

Exclusive access to private wildlife viewing areas

Explore ancient cultural sites

Delight in the art of storytelling

Connect with nature in an intact rainforest

Experience enchanting adventures by kayak, canoe or on foot

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR 2021

Due to the pandemic, Spirit Bear Lodge will only be allowing Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents to book for 2021. When you enquire to book, please send through a proof of your residential address along with a copy of your Canadian passport or permanent residents card.

Accommodation

After a day of wildlife, culture, and adventure, relax with a glass of wine or beer and delicious appetizers on our ocean view deck or the cozy lounge area of the “Great Room”. Dinner is a communal experience where we enjoy delectable meals created by our culinary team and share stories with each other.

The rooms are spacious yet cozy and can be outfitted with a comfortable king bed or a pair of twin beds. Every room shares the same stunning ocean view and offers the perfect place to relax after each day’s adventure. Gaze out towards the grey blue water of the Great Bear Sea and watch for passing Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Otters, Eagles and more. Enjoy the serenity and silence as you revel in the natural wonders of the pristine and raw landscape that surrounds you in this unique culturally authentic accommodation.

Spirit Bear

The Spirit Bear is one of the rarest animals in the world. It is truly a transformative experience to spend time in one’s presence. Current population estimates are under review and vary from 50 to 150 individuals. This elusive animal is only found in a small portion of the Great Bear Rainforest. Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory is home to the largest proportion of the spirit bear population and the only Spirit Bear conservancy. We can spot this amazing animal at any time during our season, however, the most reliable viewing is linked to the salmon run. The salmon run varies year to year because of rainfall and other mysterious factors, we generally see the first salmon enter rivers between mid-August and the beginning of September. Sightings of the spirit bear in this wild landscape vary, but the search is as much a part of the experience as a sighting. Roughly 50% of our guests will set eyes on the secretive white bear that remains hidden in the trackless wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Black Bear

British Columbia is home to one of the highest black bear populations in the world. We can see black bears and spirit bears at any time, but tend to see more during the salmon run; mid August, September and October. In the spring we may spot them foraging in the intertidal zone or on plants in the near shore environment. The bountiful berries in the coastal temperate rainforest are a major food source for black and white bears, they often retreat to the cool forest during the hot summer days to fill up on these sugary treats. Once salmon arrive, the feast begins, as all bears gorge themselves on fish to put on enough weight before fasting all winter in their dens.

Grizzly Bear

In the spring they are often seen feeding on grasses, tubers, and fresh green shoots in the large river estuaries of the mainland. Once berries ripen the grizzly bear will start to vary their diet to include this higher calorie food source. After waiting patiently for the salmon to arrive the bears are rewarded with a feast of epic proportions. This is the time we have the highest densities of grizzly bears sharing habitat to put on enough weight for a long winters rest. Grizzly bears can be seen throughout our season, but as with all wildlife viewing, sightings can be unpredictable.

Whales and Marine Mammals

The migration path brings both Humpback whales and Orcas to our rich waters to feed during the summer and fall. They then journey south to breed and calve. We hope to encounter sea otters, dall’s porpoise, seals and sea lions. Help us spot these wondrous creatures as we travel the Great Bear Sea daily.

Coastal Wolves

Few of our guests witness this elusive creature though we are lucky enough to encounter signs in the quieter areas of the GBR. Spotting Coastal Wolves can be difficult though some guests will have the privilege of hearing their calls or experience a brief encounter with them in the wild.

Salmon Runs

Salmon directly feed nearly two hundred species and many more species benefit from salmon indirectly. Learn about their lifecycle, the mysteries of the salmon forest, and watch as one of the largest animal migrations on earth unfolds. Get educated about the decline in salmon and conservation efforts to save this keystone species that makes the Great Bear Rainforest possible. Witness one of the last places on earth that wild fish run up wild rivers and feed a wilderness like no other.

Tour Pricing Starting From

4 Days | 3 Nights

Based on Double Occupancy

CA$4,060pp

5 Days | 4 Nights

Based on Double Occupancy

CA$5,050pp

8 Day | 7 Nights

Based on Double Occupancy

CA$8,270pp

 

Terms and Conditions
General Terms & Conditions
Conditions apply. Valid on travel booked through Uniglobe Travel. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy for total length of stay unless otherwise stated. Taxes & fees due during travel or in destination are additional and may include, but not limited to, local car rental charges & taxes, one-way rental drop fees which are to be paid upon arrival, resort fees & charges, tour ‘kitty’, airline baggage fees and cruise gratuities. All offers and prices are valid on new bookings only for select departure dates and are accurate and subject to availability at advertising deadline, errors and omissions excepted, and subject to change. Offers and prices are accurate at advertising deadline and subject to availability and changes by the supplier. Advertising deadline: May 4, 2022 For full terms & conditions please speak with a Uniglobe Travel consultant.

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