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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Grizzly Bear Safari

3 nights/4 days Short Tours

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Discover Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, nestled amongst the majestic Coast Mountains, the largest fjord system in the Americas, the high Chilcotin Plateau. Encounter abundant wildlife and nature in action, with easy access to the Great Bear Rainforest, the Pacific Ocean and neighbouring glaciers. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears, making this the perfect destination to experience these beautiful creatures up close when the salmon arrive in the autumn. The lodge can easily be reached by flight from Vancouver or as part of a self drive holiday in northern British Columbia. Spot grizzly bears, bald eagles, deer, black bears, or try your hand at catching Pacific salmon. At Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, you’ll be treated to on-site wildlife viewings from private Wildlife Viewing Platforms, and even the lodge lawn!   

Itinerary

LOCATION

In The Great Bear Rainforest. Flights between Vancouver Airport and Bella Coola take approx. 70 minutes. Transfers between Bella Coola Airport and Tweedsmuir Park Lodge are included.

FACILITIES

  • Large living and dining complex
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Games area with billiards table, foosball and table hockey
  • Complimentaty satellite WiFi
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Fitness centre and massage rooms

ROOMS

9 guest chalets. These feature air-conditioning and either 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Day 1:

Welcome to the Great Bear Rainforest! Tweedsmuir Park Lodge staff will greet you at Bella Coola Airport and transfer you to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (passengers may also drive to the lodge). If arriving before 12:00, enjoy lunch with your hosts. Begin your safari with an Orientation, Bear Presentation and late afternoon drift on the Atnarko River, meandering between massive, snowcapped peaks, to look for grizzly bears. Relax and enjoy the scenery, and watch for wildlife such as river otters and black bears. You may also see bald eagles and grizzly bears, dining on the river’s salmon. (L/D)

Day 2:

The day starts early with a walk to the Wildlife Viewing Stations reserved for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structures provide open lines of sight along the river. After checking out the platforms you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, then it’s time to head out for a guided nature walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia. Your naturalist guide will show you how to track bears, and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for naps. A picnic lunch will be served in the field. In the afternoon, continue exploring Tweedsmuir Park with a drive on Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. At the end of the road is a short, highly recommended hike to pristine Stillwater Lake. Arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon for hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. (B/L/D)

Day 3:

Check the Wildlife Viewing Stations before relaxing with breakfast. Afterwards, meet your guide for a drift on the Atnarko River in search of more bears. It’s a great time to enjoy a quiet float - during the bears’ most active time of day. Lunch will be served at the lodge before heading off with your guide to further explore the park. The guides have mapped numerous short hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the Atnarko River to see spawning salmon - and the bears and eagles fishing for them! (B/L/D)

Day 4:

After breakfast, assisted transfer to Bella Coola Airport. Breakfast and a packed lunch included.

4- and 5-night packages are also available and include further bear and wildlife viewing opportunities, and local sightseeing including Bella Coola town.

Pre and post accommodation can be arranged in Vancouver.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -8 hours Western Canada

Tour inclusions

  • Accommodation for 3 nights at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, located in the Great Bear Rainforest
  • Shuttle transfer between Bella Coola airpot and Tweedsmuir park Lodge (passengers may also drive to the lodge)
  • Meals: full board starting with lunch on day 1 and ending with a packed lunch on the day of departure
  • Daily guided grizzly bear and other wildlife watching and native site touring while at the lodge
  • Provincial taxes and federal GST
  • Ground transportation
  • Use of lodge facilities (mointain bike, lawn games etc)

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Flights between Vancouver and Bella Coola
  • Meals and activities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

 

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.