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Great Bear Nature Tours

5 Days / 4 Nights
Vancouver to Vancouver
From USD$2,319 per person
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Enjoy a spectacular Grizzly Bear viewing program based at a floating lodge in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Great Bear Nature Tours is rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth. Their ecotourism lodge is the ideal base for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river. Wilderness-gourmet meals await you upon your return from the two guided viewing sessions per day. With a maximum of sixteen guests, you are assured of a personalised wilderness adventure in this very special area.

From May through October, Great Bear Nature Tours offers world-class wildlife viewing excursions from Port Hardy to the central coast of British Columbia. Known as the Great Bear Rainforest, this area is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other wildlife such as wolves, black bears, otters, pine martins, mink and bald eagles.

The charming floating lodge has eight bedrooms and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from the wildlife biologists. The wind and solar powered lodge is in keeping with the commitment to low-impact ecotourism. Natural wood decks surround the lodge, a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the beauty of the scenery.

Wilderness-gourmet meals await you at the lodge on your return from the wilderness. The freshest local ingredients and organic food is used when it is available. A typical dinner might feature freshly caught salmon roasted on a cedar plank with a marinade of maple syrup, mustard seeds and balsamic vinegar. In between bear viewing sessions you will be able to join a guided activity such as an interpretive walk or a boat excursion, or you may choose to relax with a book from the extensive library. The lodge is happy to cater for all dietary restriction and preferences.

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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Vancouver to Port Hardy / Great Bear Nature Lodge Late this morning depart from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for 70 minute flight to Port Hardy. Upon arrival transfer (included) to the town Port Hardy for lunch (own cost) and to explore the town, Mid-afternoon your will be transferred to the float plane base for your scenic flight over the Queen Charlotte Strait to the floating lodge. After a brief introduction to the lodge you will go out on your first Grizzly Bear excursion.

Day 2 Great Bear Nature Lodge 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 a 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 returning to the lodge for dinner. On clear nights, the stars are amazing.

Day 3 Great Bear Nature Lodge 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 lodge focuses their viewing sessions 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 guided sea-kayaking tour of the estuary, or a boat cruise 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.

Day 4 Great Bear Nature Lodge to Port Hardy After your parting session with the bears you will enjoy lunch at the Great Bear Lodge. You will be returned to Port Hardy in the afternoon between 4PM and 6PM. Due to unpredictable weather conditions for flights around the lodge and Port Hardy you have a nights accommodation included in Port Hardy.

Day 5 Port Hardy to Vancouver Transfer (not included) mid-morning to Port Hardy airport for your return flight to Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal).

Package includes:

  • Return flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy
  • 3 nights accommodation in a private room at Great Bear Lodge
  • 1 night accommodation in Port Hardy (last night)
  • Interpretive discussion and welcome orientation for wildlife viewing
  • Morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions, guided by a wildlife biologist
  • Wilderness-gourmet meals including complimentary wine with dinner
  • Transportation to and from the Great Bear Lodge (departing Port Hardy)
  • Interpretive walks or boat excursions
  • Rubber boots and rain gear, if required
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Stewardship fee for bear research in British Columbia

Not Included:

  • Gratuity for staff (recommended $20.00 per day per guest for duration of stay.)
  • Transfer Port Hardy hotel to Port Hardy Airport

Hotels

Great Bear Nature Lodge

The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Vancouver to Port Hardy / Great Bear Nature Lodge Late this morning depart from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for 70 minute flight to Port Hardy. Upon arrival transfer (included) to the town Port Hardy for lunch (own cost) and to explore the town, Mid-afternoon your will be transferred to the float plane base for your scenic flight over the Queen Charlotte Strait to the floating lodge. After a brief introduction to the lodge you will go out on your first Grizzly Bear excursion.

Day 2 Great Bear Nature Lodge 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 a 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 returning to the lodge for dinner. On clear nights, the stars are amazing.

Day 3 Great Bear Nature Lodge 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 lodge focuses their viewing sessions 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 guided sea-kayaking tour of the estuary, or a boat cruise 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.

Day 4 Great Bear Nature Lodge to Port Hardy After your parting session with the bears you will enjoy lunch at the Great Bear Lodge. You will be returned to Port Hardy in the afternoon between 4PM and 6PM. Due to unpredictable weather conditions for flights around the lodge and Port Hardy you have a nights accommodation included in Port Hardy.

Day 5 Port Hardy to Vancouver Transfer (not included) mid-morning to Port Hardy airport for your return flight to Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal).

Package includes:

  • Return flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy
  • 3 nights accommodation in a private room at Great Bear Lodge
  • 1 night accommodation in Port Hardy (last night)
  • Interpretive discussion and welcome orientation for wildlife viewing
  • Morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions, guided by a wildlife biologist
  • Wilderness-gourmet meals including complimentary wine with dinner
  • Transportation to and from the Great Bear Lodge (departing Port Hardy)
  • Interpretive walks or boat excursions
  • Rubber boots and rain gear, if required
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Stewardship fee for bear research in British Columbia

Not Included:

  • Gratuity for staff (recommended $20.00 per day per guest for duration of stay.)
  • Transfer Port Hardy hotel to Port Hardy Airport

Hotels

Great Bear Nature Lodge

Departure dates

(Tour Code: MPYVR19G4) 2017 Departures Departing from Vancouver Aug 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29 Sep 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28 Oct 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16 (Tour Code: MPYVR19G4) 2018 Departures Departing from Vancouver May 7,10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31 June 3, ,6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 July 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 August 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29 September 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28 October 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN SINGLE

01 Jul - 19 Aug, 2017
20 Aug - 16 Oct, 2017
**2018 Pricing**
07 May - 30 Jun, 2018
01 Jul - 19 Aug, 2018
20 Aug - 16 Oct, 2018

$2,319
$3,726
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$2,758
$2,423
$3,900

$2,947
$6,249
-
$2,523
$2,198
$4,677

Prices are per person and include all taxes. Minimum age 15 yrs.

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