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Great Bear Lodge

4 or 7 days Short Tours

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Ever wanted to be at one with nature, and see what bears get up to in the wild? At Great Bear Lodge, you can do exactly that. Float by boat along estuaries, and watch from specially-designed areas to see the fascinating furry animals in their natural habitat. With different activities each day, you’ll be spoilt for choice with what to see and do. But one thing’s for sure — seeing the spectacular wildlife of western Canada will take your breath away.



Great Bear Lodge is located 50 air miles from Port Hardy, British Columbia. Return transfers from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge (by floatplane) are included.


  • Dining area
  • Communal area
  • Outside deck areas


8 Guest Rooms, all are private and comfortable, with either 1 king-size or 2 twin beds and private bathroom with shower.

Day 1: Arrive at Great Bear Lodge

Today, make your way independently to the Port Hardy floatplane dock (6420 Hardy Bay Road) where you check in at the Pacific Coastal Airlines building for your transfer to Great Bear Lodge by seaplane (departure at approximately 15:00). Upon your arrival at this spectacular wilderness retreat you will be met by your hosts and shown to your private room. Later you will participate in your first thrilling wildlife viewing session. In the evening enjoy a fresh gourmet meal prepared with the best local produce and seafood available, served with complimentary wine or beer. As well, participate in an informative audio visual presentation on the grizzly and its place in the local ecology. Relax in the lodge’s sitting room, or watch the moon rise over the mountains from its large decks. A perfect way to end the day! (D)

During your stay (3 or 6 nights)

The Great Bear Lodge is pleased to promote low-impact ecotourism, using wind and solar power and taking special care not to disturb the bears or their environment. Scheduled morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions coincide with times when the bears are the most active. Accompanied by an experienced wildlife biologist you will observe the bears as they roam freely in their natural habitat as you float by boat through nearby estuaries or watch from specially-designed optimal viewing areas. Keep a close eye for other possible wildlife sightings such as wolves, otters, bald eagles, black bears, pine martins and mink. Daily guided activities such as boat tours and a popular interpretative rainforest walk are offered between morning and afternoon viewing excursions, and a delicious lunch awaits you back at the lodge. Guests arriving in fall will also be able to witness the incredible sight of thousands of migrating salmon from a series of enclosed viewing stands along the river. Watch as the grizzlies hunt for fish in preparation for their coming hibernation. (B/L/D)

Departure day

On your day of departure you’ll participate in a final bearwatching session, followed by a farewell brunch before being transferred back to Port Hardy in the afternoon (between 4:00pm and 6:00pm). (B)

B- Breakfast
L- Lunch
D- Dinner

Please note: this is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

Please note: tour activities are subject to change based on weather and anything beyond the supplier's control.

Photo credit: Tom Rivest, Great Bear Lodge

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Tour information

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Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.