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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

Inclusions

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
Hightlights
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
4
Price From
AUD $2,490
Start Location
Port Hardy, Canada
End Location
Canada
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
2 to 14
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 May 201810 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
10 May 201813 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
13 May 201816 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
16 May 201819 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
19 May 201822 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
22 May 201825 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
25 May 201828 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
28 May 201831 May 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
31 May 201803 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
03 Jun 201806 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
06 Jun 201809 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
09 Jun 201812 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
12 Jun 201815 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
15 Jun 201818 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
18 Jun 201821 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
21 Jun 201824 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
24 Jun 201827 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
27 Jun 201830 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,910
30 Jun 201803 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
03 Jul 201806 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
06 Jul 201809 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
09 Jul 201812 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
12 Jul 201815 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
15 Jul 201818 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
18 Jul 201821 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
21 Jul 201824 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
24 Jul 201827 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
27 Jul 201830 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
30 Jul 201802 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
02 Aug 201805 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
05 Aug 201808 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
08 Aug 201811 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
11 Aug 201814 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
14 Aug 201817 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
17 Aug 201820 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,490
20 Aug 201823 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
23 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
26 Aug 201829 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
29 Aug 201801 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
01 Sep 201804 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
04 Sep 201807 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
07 Sep 201810 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
10 Sep 201813 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
13 Sep 201816 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
16 Sep 201819 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
19 Sep 201822 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
22 Sep 201825 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
28 Sep 201801 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
01 Oct 201804 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
04 Oct 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
07 Oct 201810 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
10 Oct 201813 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
13 Oct 201816 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
16 Oct 201819 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,240
Itinerary
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.

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