Spirit Bear Lodge
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.
Your flight will depart Bella Bella at 10:25am and arrives in Vancouver 11:45am
- 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 2021Due 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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