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Grizzly Bear Nature Adventure

This is a unique, once in a life time opportunity to observe grizzly bears living in their natural habitat. The Great Bear Lodge plays host every year to wildlife enthusiasts and keen photographers from around the world. There is no one else more qualified to show us the bears than our host, Tom Rivest. Tom holds a masters in biology and has been following bears from Yellowstone to Alaska since 1985. In the spring time we observe the grizzlies as they leave their dens and wander down from the mountains to graze on the protein rich sedges and grasses. Coinciding with the breeding season, large males are seen interacting with females at this time. In summer the bears move between habitats as food resources become more abundant. Autumn time is the most popular time for bear viewing when tens of thousands of salmon return to the streams. From specially constructed viewing platforms we view the bears gorging on the fish in anticipation of the coming winter hibernation


Wilderness gourmet meals with complimentary wine and beer
Twin share accommodation at the Great Bear Lodge in a private room with washroom
Interpretive discussion and welcome orientation
Morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions guided by a wildlife biologist
Transportation to and from the lodge (from Port Hardy)
Slide shows and video presentations on local natural history
Interpretive walks or boat excursions
Rubber boots and rain gear if required
Binoculars for wildlife viewing
Electricity for battery charging
Stewardship Fee for bear research in British Columbia
All tips and gratuities
Observe grizzly bears in their natural habitat
Seaplane flight to Great Bear Lodge
Boat cruise through glacier carved inlet
Guided walks
Tour Provider Great Canadian Trails
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,890
Start Location
Port Hardy, Canada
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 14
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
07 May 201910 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
10 May 201913 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
13 May 201916 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
16 May 201919 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
19 May 201922 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
22 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
25 May 201928 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
28 May 201931 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
31 May 201903 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
03 Jun 201906 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
06 Jun 201909 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
09 Jun 201912 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
12 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
15 Jun 201918 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
18 Jun 201921 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
21 Jun 201924 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
24 Jun 201927 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
27 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,340
30 Jun 201903 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
03 Jul 201906 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
06 Jul 201909 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
09 Jul 201912 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
12 Jul 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
15 Jul 201918 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
18 Jul 201921 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
21 Jul 201924 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
24 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
27 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
30 Jul 201902 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
02 Aug 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
05 Aug 201908 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
08 Aug 201911 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
11 Aug 201914 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
14 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
17 Aug 201920 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,890
20 Aug 201923 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
23 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
26 Aug 201929 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
29 Aug 201901 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
01 Sep 201904 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
04 Sep 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
07 Sep 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
10 Sep 201913 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
13 Sep 201916 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
16 Sep 201919 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
19 Sep 201922 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
22 Sep 201925 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
25 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
28 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
01 Oct 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
04 Oct 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
07 Oct 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
10 Oct 201913 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
13 Oct 201916 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
16 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,910
Day 1
Our exciting adventure begins in Port Hardy. Departing from Port Hardy in the afternoon, you will leave behind the noise of modern life for a remote wilderness. Transportation is by seaplane. Journeying to the site is a spectacular adventure in itself, traveling over the breathtaking scenery of the central coast and over the rich waters of Queen Charlotte Strait, the home of orca, gray and humpback whales. Upon your arrival at the lodge, your hosts will be on the dock to welcome you to your wilderness retreat. Settle into your private room at the lodge, before joining the group for your first wildlife viewing session. There are a range of different viewing sites, and one will be chosen according to where the bears have been most active. Estuary sites are reached by boat, while river sites are reached by a wilderness track. The viewing blinds on the river have been constructed with the photographer in mind, and are optimal and comfortable places from which to view bears. There is nothing quite like seeing your first grizzly emerge from the forest. Returning to the lodge that evening, you will be treated to a wilderness-gourmet meal. A biologist will present slides and videos, explaining the interaction of the grizzly bear with this unique ecology.
Day 2
In the morning, you will be on the trail of the grizzly bear again after some good coffee and breakfast. A typical viewing session lasts three hours. After a morning of adventure, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax. Spend the early afternoon exploring the surrounding area with the guide. A popular activity is the interpretive rainforest walk, examining bear sign and the general ecology of the area. In mid-afternoon you will venture out to see the bears before relaxing in the lodge for dinner. On clear nights, the stars are amazing.
Day 3
As your stay at the lodge continues, you begin to settle into the natural rhythm of the valley. The bears are generally most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours, which is why the viewing sessions are focused on these times. Over the course of your stay you will be taken to a variety of sites, depending on the bear activity. For the afternoon recreation today you may take a boat excursion to explore the glacier-carved inlet. Or you may prefer to relax and enjoy the view from the lodge. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to many animals, including grey wolves, otters, black bears, mink and bald eagles. A favorite dish is marinated salmon baked on a cedar plank.
Day 4
After your parting session with the bears, lunch and an afternoon activity, you will be returned to Port Hardy by float plane in the afternoon sometime between 4pm and 6pm. You are scheduled to arrive back in Port Hardy in the late afternoon, however it is recommended that you plan to stay the night in Port Hardy in case there is a delay due to wilderness weather.